Dubai Cares education programmes supported by Mace fundraising

03 April 2018

To support children in their formative years, and as part of the global UN Sustainable Development Goals, philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares offers support across a broad range of educational levels throughout developing countries globally. Through a number of sponsored events last year, The Mace Foundation, the philanthropic arm of international consultancy and construction firm Mace, raised AED145,953 for Dubai Cares’ initiatives.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) outline a broad vision for the transformation of the global economy towards a more sustainable framework for development. One of the many key ambitions of the goals is to provide adequate education for all human beings and promote lifelong learning by 2030, across the full development stages of a person’s life.

One of the organisations supporting the achievement of the SDG education goals is Dubai Cares. Established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, the philanthropic organisation has over a ten-year period launched education programmes that have reached more than 18 million beneficiaries, in a total of 53 countries including in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.Dubai Cares underprivileged education programmesThe charity focuses on improving education capacity at the country and regional level, developing an inclusive environment for girls and boys as well as providing crises education. As it stands, just 2% of humanitarian aid goes to supporting the ongoing educational needs of victims of conflict, with many people in war-torn areas denied access to education during key developmental periods.

The mission of Dubai Cares, to fulfil its part in the SDG goals, is supported by the philanthropic arm of global engineering and consultancy firm Mace. It’s Mace Foundation has been raising money for the Dubai Cares since 2016, and last year raised AED145,953 through various sponsorship supported activities, including cycling challenges, sponsored walks and quiz nights.

The money raised will support the efforts of the charity broadly, including the ‘Ensuring the Supportive and Safe Quality of Education for Girls in Egypt’ programme. Desi Aitcheson, Mace Foundation Trustee, said; “We are thrilled to have raised this huge amount of money for Dubai Cares. We hope that the funds raised by Mace will help make a huge difference to so many children and young people’s lives in developing countries.”

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, said in response, “We are very pleased to partner with the Mace Foundation whose contribution to Dubai Cares is valuable and will undoubtedly help us reach more underprivileged children and young people around the world. Through this generous donation, we hope to transform the lives of underprivileged children and young people, thus helping them build a promising and thriving future for themselves.”

Local consultancy Impact Research helps to assess relief efforts in Yemen

18 April 2019

Newly incorporated Yemeni consultancy Impact Research has been working with UN agencies and international NGOs to evaluate local crisis and recovery efforts.

Now into its fifth year, the worsening civil conflict in Yemen has taken the lives of over 60,000 citizens and brought wide-spread devastation to what was already the poorest county in the region, with millions suffering from its effects. According to UN reports, four fifths of the Yemeni population – some 24 million people – are in need of humanitarian or protection assistance, with more than half of those in acute need and threatened by famine.

A number of UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) including the UNDP, World Food Programme, Oxfam, and World Bank among others have been acting to bring relief through a variety of local humanitarian projects, such as the three-year joint UNDP-World Bank Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) which through a grant of $300 million seeks to assist recovery from the bottom up by restoring livelihood opportunities.

The reasoning behind the approach is that by increasing income-generation opportunities for the some 80 percent of the Yemeni population currently unemployed, individual households will be strengthened and then more capable of assisting and contributing to their communities – ultimately bringing the country closer to peace. To date, over half a million people have directly benefited from the YECRP project, through both short-term job creation and training initiatives.Impact Research helping to assess humanitarian relief efforts in YemenUnprecedented as a humanitarian disaster, the urgency and scale of the project (over 3 million people have also gained access to basic services such as water and health through YECRP) and other relief efforts by their nature requires somewhat of an as-you-go approach, with the need for constant assessment to measure the impact and effectiveness of the implementations and identify areas for potential improvements. One firm helping with such analyses is Impact Research.

Incorporated this year, the Sanaʽa-based firm is staffed by a team of professional consultants and researchers who aim to become the leading consultancy in Yemen – serving both the private and public sector with a comprehensive range of provisions in advisory, research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, project management design, planning, and implementation, and capacity-building and training, blending global best practice with deep local insight.

So far the firm’s clients include among others Oxfam, the International Labor Organization, German development agency GIZ and the UNDP, with Impact Research providing in-the-field research, assessments, reporting, monitoring and evaluations to gauge the performance and effectiveness of various relief projects, aiming to gain greater knowledge along the way to help improve future practices and interventions while disseminating that knowledge in turn.

“We have learned that impact in Yemen is not as intuitive as one thinks,” the firm states. “The complexity of the situation makes small efforts full of impact, while much money can create very negative and unintended consequences.” It adds, spiritedly; “The Yemen crisis has opened new opportunities for the Yemeni people as much as it has closed many. The catastrophe has pushed all of us to see the light in the dark, and to identify the opportunities between the ashes.”

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