Alwaleed Philanthropies invests $5m in global fight for vaccines

Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud
Updated 02 September 2019

Alwaleed Philanthropies invests $5m in global fight for vaccines

Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the global philanthropic foundation, has made a fresh commitment to preventing the spread of disease by investing a further $5 million in its partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. 

The commitment will provide extra funding between 2020 and 2024 to support organizations known by Gavi as “pacesetters” that are developing new innovations to improve vaccine access and delivery, particularly in urban areas. The foundation will make the investment through Gavi’s INFUSE initiative (Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunization), which identifies these “pacesetters,” provides funding and support for them, and connects them to authorities in countries that need vaccination support.

The grant is part of a range of efforts by Alwaleed Philanthropies to improve routine immunization and builds on the original $1 million investment made in 2015 to support vaccines in Timor Leste, Kiribati, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Guyana for the 2016-2020 program.

Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud, general-secretary of Alwaleed Philanthropies, announced the partnership at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), hosted by the Japanese government in Yokohama on Aug. 30.

She said: “Alwaleed Philanthropies places huge importance on its partnership with the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — and specifically their INFUSE Initiative — to boost immunization in the world’s poorest countries. With the majority of the world’s population increasingly living in urban areas, and with more than 19.4 million children still under-immunized, we recognize that there has rarely been a more pressing need to support innovation in immunization.”

“Alwaleed Philanthropies has been a steadfast supporter of our mission to ensure no child goes without life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “This new funding to INFUSE will help accelerate the introduction of innovations and technology that modernize vaccine delivery systems and ensure vaccines protect all children against deadly diseases. On behalf of Gavi, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Alwaleed Philanthropies and Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud for their support.”


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.