Emirati Humanitarian Generosity
- 16 April 2016
The UAE under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) has become a model of unlimited humanitarian generosity which was evidenced through a set of initiatives and aid aiming to alleviate the suffering of the afflicted in areas ravaged by conflict or natural crises. The UAE has also maintained its ranks among the top ten international development aid donors in terms of the percentage of aid per GDP in 2015 and contributes considerably to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
According to statistics collected by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, the UAE ranked second in the Official Development Aid (ODA) in 2015 report. With an aid estimated at 16.12 billion dirhams, the UAE donated 1.09% of its GDP. 52% of this aid was delivered in the form of grants.
Faithful to its humanitarian and sustainable development commitments, the UAE continued in 2015 to support Africa by dedicating 65% of its aid to the continent that is 10.4 billion dirhams. The UAE has also more than doubled development aid benefiting sub-Saharan Africa.
In light of the difficult humanitarian conditions prevailing in several countries in the region, especially because of the crisis in Yemen and the Syrian refugee crisis, the UAE rose its development aid by 62% compared to 2014 to stand at 3.45 billion dirhams.
This UAE humanitarian engagement represents a leading model and one of the distinctive features of the UAE foreign policy since the era of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) which continues to inspire the current leadership spearheaded by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God protect him) who makes sure to maintain the prominent role played by the country at humanitarian and development areas.
The UAE humanitarian generosity is also an illustration of the culture of solidarity that characterizes the UAE society. This solidarity is often expressed through the interaction and voluntary contributions of individuals and private institutions with fund raising campaigns that are organized to bring support either to Arab countries or any other country suffering from a disaster requiring humanitarian aid.
Another aspect that distinguished Emirati aid is that it is not based on discriminatory criteria. The UAE gives aid to the needy all over the world whatever their religions, race or geographic location. This explains the credibility the UAE enjoys within international humanitarian organizations.
While pressing ahead with its lofty humanitarian action, which are supervised by institutions and associations with long experience in the humanitarian and development fields, the UAE continues to advocate international cooperation to address potential humanitarian challenges. This stand in favour of promoting international humanitarian action made the UAE a symbol of solidarity in the world.