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FACO conducts pioneering groundwork for nation's foreign aid sector

posted on 14/09/2009: 937 views

The UAE Foreign Aid 
Coordination Office (FACO) has collected more than half of all data on donations made by UAE-based donors since 1971 as part of efforts to improve future foreign aid planning, said the head of the office.

The agency was set up by the UAE government in early 2009 to support and coordinate UAE-based donor organisations that provide assistance for humanitarian activities and emergency relief worldwide.

Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, Director General of FACO, in a statement released on Sunday, said the office has about 7,500 records of donations made by UAE-based donors since 1971.

Al Qahtami said, "FACO aims to reinforce the UAE's position as a major global donor through its participation in global conferences and forums on humanitarian issues and to highlight its efforts to fight poverty and 
support sustainable development around the world.”

"We are also working to improve future foreign aid planning and the implementation of international programmes, which requires FACO to carefully map the foreign aid 
sector and identify donor organisations in the UAE.

This is a process that involves tracing the last four decades, dating back to the founding of the United Arab Emirates, and to catalogue all foreign aid donations of UAE-based NGOs and government agencies.”

The data collected will also be used to register UAE donations with international organisations like the United Nations and the Organization for 
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and to detect gaps, duplication of efforts and inefficiencies that can be addressed.

The office would also be able to 
draft strategies to help UAE donor organisations maximise the impact of their contributions.

The FACO's goals also include providing early warning to UAE-based donors and to support their field deployments during emergency aid situations. "The complexity and frequency of man-made and natural disasters have increased dramatically over the years, requiring us to adopt collaborative strategies that will enhance speed of response, efficiency of action and maximization of impact,” said Al Qahtami.

Reem Al Hashimy, Chairperson of Dubai Cares, a charity working to provide education to needy children worldwide, said the charity found working with the agency benefited its operations. "The role of FACO is critical in coordinating between the many local organisations to support all UAE humanitarian activities abroad,” Al Hashimy said. Mohammed Hajji Al Khoori, Executive Director of The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, said the office would ensure better delivery of aid programmes. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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