Second Saudi airlift aids Khartoum flood victims

A KSRelief team has crossed the Nile to assess the damage inflicted on the village of Wad Ramli in Al-Gyly, some 60 kilometers north of Khartoum. (SPA)
Updated 05 September 2019

Second Saudi airlift aids Khartoum flood victims

  • KSRelief’s global projects help millions in affected countries

KHARTOUM: The second Saudi airlift to Sudan in the wake of heavy rains and flooding has arrived in the capital Khartoum. The initiative, being carried out under the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will see around 112 tons of relief items being delivered to the worst-hit areas.
The consignment was accompanied by a specialized King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) team to supervise distribution operations, bringing the total aid to 227 tons. In the first consignment, 115 tons of relief items were delivered to the worst-hit areas.
Meanwhile, KSRelief’s general supervisor, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met with representatives of a number of international humanitarian organizations in Riyadh on Thursday.
During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments of joint projects between KSrelief and organizations in various countries and ways of enhancing them.
Al-Rabeeah also met British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Al-Rabeeah gave an account on the assistance being provided by KSRelief to affected countries around the world, especially Yemen.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) extracted 1,077 mines in Yemen during the last week of August.
So far, Masam — an initiative of KSRelief — has extracted 84,825 mines in Yemen.

Strategic planning
KSRelief also organized a workshop in Riyadh on “Humanitarian Needs Assessment,” in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses.
Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has sent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. Since 2014, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.

Saudi labor minister urges Kingdom to increase economic role of charity sector

Updated 24 January 2020

Saudi labor minister urges Kingdom to increase economic role of charity sector

  • Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi said: “Our effort is to increase the share of the non-profit sector in GDP”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia needed to increase the contribution of the non-profit sector to the Kingdom’s economic and social development, the country’s labor minister told business conference delegates on Thursday.

Moderating a session on the subject during the final day of the Riyadh Economic Forum (REF), Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi said: “Our effort is to increase the share of the non-profit sector in GDP.”

Describing the non-profit sector as the third pillar of sustainable economic development, the minister pointed out that in developed countries its average contribution toward GDP had reached 6 percent.

Referring to a REF study on the sector, he noted that it was only during the last decade that the Kingdom had come to realize its important role in economic development, social participation, job creation, and promoting the culture of teamwork.

“The non-profit sector contributes to Saudi Arabia’s GDP by one percent and our effort is to increase the share,” Al-Rajhi told the session’s attendees.

Presenting the REF study, Yousef bin Othman Al-Huzeim, secretary-general of Al-Anoud Charitable Foundation, said: “This sector, together with its substantial developmental roles, has become a criterion for the overall progress of nations and a yardstick of their civilization and humanitarian activity rather than a mere indicator of individuals’ income.”

He added that the sector had a key part to play in helping to realize the Saudi Vision 2030 goal of achieving sustainable development through diversification, and that the aim was to raise its level of contribution to the country’s GDP from 1 percent to 5 percent by 2030.

The study stressed the need to transform the sector from a mere initiative into an institutional entity concerned with social investment and integration, in cooperation with the public and private sectors.

Among its key findings, the study highlighted the requirement to increase the awareness of sector employees and supervising agencies about the development needs of society.

A lack of detailed information on the non-profit sector in the Kingdom was also having a negative effect on the extent of its contribution to economic and social development, the study found.

The media too had failed to give enough coverage to the sector and rules and regulations often stood in the way of any expansion in individual and community partnerships through charities and trusts.

Princess Nouf bint Mohammed Al-Saud, CEO of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), said women were the most important enablers of the non-profit sector.

Currently, the most prominent development was the system of NGOs and philanthropic associations, and the stimulation of the sector to implement good governance, she added.

The princess urged the lifting of restrictions on money transfers to the non-profit sector and tax exemptions on charities and donations.

The KKF had issued a number of regulations to help the non-profit sector, she said, but there was still a need for the creation of more executive programs in order to realize Vision 2030 goals.

Rajaa bin Manahi Al-Marzouqi, a professor of economics at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies, in Riyadh, said: “If we look at any economy, it consists of three important sectors, which are the government, private, and non-profit sectors. There is a need to develop the non-profit sector in such a way that it sustains in the long run and contributes to socio-economic development.”