UAE distributed Dh28 billion in global aid last year, new figures reveals

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - More than Dh28.5 billion of international aid was distributed from the UAE in 2018, latest government figures show.

Statistics from a UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) report show the number exceeds United Nations recommendations.

It is the sixth consecutive year the UAE has exceeded international aid targets of 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) from donor countries.

The Dh28.5 billion figure amounts to 0.93 per cent of the UAE’s GNI of 2018.

“When formulating its approach to providing foreign aid, the UAE has adopted its idea of sustainable development from the foundations set by the late Sheikh Zayed,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

“This vision upon which our nation has been built is being elevated to a global level.

“This approach towards human development has been central under the leadership of (UAE President) Sheikh Khalifa, and it aims to improve the welfare of all mankind.”

Although the figures are from 2018, they are the latest data set available to show the extent of international support offered by the UAE.

More than Dh15 billion is understood to have contributed towards peace and justice, economic growth, and poverty elimination initiatives.

Aid offered to the 14 least developed countries topped Dh10.33bn, contributing towards emergency health, transport, education, power generation, medical and food supplies.

Funds disbursed

“The UAE has long exerted significant efforts to support friendly nations,”said Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation.

“Whether through the backing of development projects or emergency humanitarian response to disasters and crises, the UAE aims to do this in a manner that bolsters prosperity and stability while alleviating suffering in recipient countries.”

The report highlights the extent of financial support offered to African nations, where aid reached Dh61.80bn between 2014-18 and a further Dh48.04bn for similar projects in Asia during that time.

Details have been released revealing the extent of charitable contributions by the UAE to help small island states in the South Pacific region, and elsewhere.

As a percentage, of the total value of aid from the UAE between 2016-18, 52 per cent was distributed to Asia, 32 per cent to Africa and 10 per cent to European nations.

A further 0.4 per cent of UAE aid was sent to the Americas, 0.04 per cent to nations in the Oceania region and 5 per cent elsewhere in the world.

Projects highlighted in the report include provision of clean and renewable energy sources, women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and humanitarian assistance in Sudan, Palestine and Yemen.

“The UAE works alongside regional and international partners and UN agencies operating in the development and humanitarian sectors,” said Ms Al Hashimy.

“Giving and mutual cooperation is our instrument to making a better world.”

Updated: December 26, 2019 02:23 PM

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