Posted on April 25, 2020

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has continued its efforts to support development and relief causes in sister and friendly developing countries and to extend a helping hand and provide assistance to them, in implementation of Qatar’s leadership, institutions and community to provide relief to nations and needy people around the world. 

The fund provided over $577m in assistance to countries in 2019, according to its annual report.

Khalifa bin Jassem Al Kuwari, Director General of QFFD, stated at the launch of 2019 annual report of the Fund, “The Fund provided financial tools to countries and responded in an effective manner to provide humanitarian and development assistance of more than $577m during 2019. It focused on empowering people through the promotion of education, health and economic development, reflecting the increase in the annual allocation of these sectors in the belief of QFFD as these sectors are the basic structure of human and economic development and a way to achieve the Fund’s mission, which is to establish peace and justice among peoples.”

QFFD, on behalf of Qatar, has been able to fund projects worth more than $577m, including humanitarian and development assistance, distributed to four key sectors, namely, education, health, economic development and infrastructure. By focusing on these sectors, QFFD seeks to promote human development and achieve sustainable development goals, to achieve its vision of giving hope and promoting peace and justice through sustainable and inclusive development.
The Fund has also worked through quest initiative to support Syrian refugees and displaced persons inside Syria and their host neighbouring countries. 

The most important international development initiatives, humanitarian assistance and the achievements of QFFD in 2019 revolve around projects to meet humanitarian needs, emergency response, reconstruction, relief, rehabilitation, the fund’s contributions to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, economic empowerment, the construction of roads for sustainable growth and the fund’s financing of infrastructure projects, particularly road transport and building projects. The Fund has worked to promote the right to education and efforts to support educational facilities, training, primary, secondary, higher and technical education, as well as health and development of supported projects in the health, infectious diseases and medical services sector, the success of the UNDP Development Impact Acceleration Laboratories initiative.

In coordination with local and international strategic partners, Qatar Development Fund has begun to provide health care through primary health clinics in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and in a similar context, many Rohingya refugees have sought safe haven in Bangladesh and Malaysia, and in turn Qatar Fund for Development supported Malaysia in hosting refugees by working with local implementing partners and local Malaysian NGOs. In response to Yemen’s famine crisis, the Qatar Development Fund has launched a sustained and integrated response to deliver life-saving food assistance. More than 250,000 food-insecure people benefited from this project. It supported the payment of rent to provide shelter and housing for the affected and needy, and to meet the needs of more than 225,000 beneficiaries.

In 2019, Fund provided immediate relief to many communities affected by hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, including Somalia, and Albania. The Fund also supported the Government of the Bahamas and rehabilitation projects following Cyclone Dorian, and Qatar Fund for Development provided funding for rehabilitation as part of mutual government support between The State of Qatar and Cuba in order to alleviate the human tragedy of a powerful hurricane that struck the Republic of Cuba in January 2019. The Qatar Fund for Development has also introduced a unique project of cash-for-shelter, in a move to encourage homeowners to return to Mosul’s Old City, Iraq.

As for Sudan, the Fund implemented a rapid intervention program in the Republic of Sudan in August 2019, after heavy rains and floods in various areas, resulting in disrupting livelihoods, destroying homes and scrambling people to find shelter. Mobile health teams have also been formed, and support for the water and sanitation sector and the distribution of food and non-food items were provided to those affected.

source: The Peninsula