The country is once again being recognised for its philanthropic efforts in helping countries from different parts of the globe.
For the fifth straight year, the UAE has been named as the world’s largest donor of development assistance in proportion to its gross national income. The Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development bestowed the honour.
In total, the UAE donated AED 19.32 billion to 147 beneficiaries in 2017, exceeding the United Nations’ target of 0.7 percent official development assistance in proportion to the country’s gross national income.
The beneficiaries included 40 of the world’s least developed countries, with those in Asia receiving a total of AED 8.28 billion in aid followed by Africa with AED 5.44 billion. Of all the countries in Asia, Yemen received the biggest share with AED 2.97 billion channelled to help in its various development programmes.
The UAE’s humanitarian initiatives aim to extend assistance to countries to meet their community needs from health to food, education and infrastructure.
One example of this is the recent launching of 20 mobile clinics and field hospitals in various international locations. The project by the Zayed Giving Initiative is designed to provide free diagnostic, treatment and prevention services to underprivileged people.
What’s more, it was recently announced that the UAE has pledged $2m (AED 7.3m) towards emergency nutrition programmes for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as part of ongoing food relief efforts by the United National High Commissioner for Refugees.
All these are in line with the UAE’s sustainable development goals, which include combating poverty and hunger to foster peace and prosperity.