By Staff writer
Country has donated charity, developmental and humanitarian aid to 178 countries across 21 sectors
The UAE has donated AED174 billion ($47.3 billion) in developmental, humanitarian, and charity aid to 178 countries since the country was founded in 1971, according to recently released government figures.
The UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) announced the statistics in a special report launched on the 44th UAE National Day to highlight the country's efforts in providing international aid. The figures gave the UAE the title of the "most generous country in the world" in the years 2013 and 2014.
The records released by the ministry show that the largest percentage of aid is concentrated in the "government and civil society" sector, amounting to AED80.6 billion, followed by the "public programs support" sector with a total of AED22.5 billion in aid. The value of humanitarian and relief aid in emergency situations accounted for about AED8.5 billion.
The Asian continent was the main beneficiary of support and aid money provided during the past 44 years, with a total exceeding AED80 billion, followed by the African continent with a total value of AED75.5 billion used in development projects such as the construction of housing complexes, roads, and bridges, as well as power generation and others.
In terms of the source of aid, the government accounted for 74 percent of the total value of aid and grants provided by donors in the UAE, collectively worth AED129 billion. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development came in second place with contributions worth AED30.5 billion, followed by the Emirates Red Crescent with funding valued at AED5.7 billion and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation with charities worth AED2.9 billion.
Across the region, the UAE played a pivotal role in responding to the humanitarian crises on the ground in Yemen, and was the number one donor of humanitarian aid in Yemen globally, according to data released by the UN Financial Tracking Service (FTS). The total UAE foreign aid granted to Yemen until the end of October last year amounted to about AED1.3 billion, including AED844.2 million of disbursed aid and AED494.7 million for infrastructure rehabilitation projects to be implemented in Yemen. The total value of UAE aid to Yemen from 1971 to 2015 amounted to AED6.65 billion.
In a similar context, Syria has had a large share of UAE aid and support. The UAE was at the forefront of countries which has come to the aid of Syria since 2012. The UAE’s response to the crisis in Syria and in countries hosting Syrian refugees like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt, including Palestinian refugees in Syria – amounting to 1.5 million refugees and displaced people in total – stood at AED2.14 billion ($583 million) to date.
In Gaza, during the meetings of the Cairo International Conference on Palestine held in October 2014, the UAE announced a pledge to donate about AED736 million (around $200 million) for the reconstruction of the area. According to the ministry's report, the UAE has disbursed and allocated about $76.34 million of the total pledge of $200 million, while the remaining $123.56 million has been distributed according to the commitments agreed upon with the UAE donor institutions and sides, the largest part of which is managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation.
The ministry's report said that the overall UAE development aid provided to Egypt during the years 2013 and 2014 amounted to nearly AED29 billion, exceeding AED24 billion previously pledged by tge state initailly. The total value of aid by the UAE to Egypt between1971 and 2014 in all humanitarian and development areas stands at approximately AED47.3 billion.
Very laudable to see this from UAE and well done.
According to the OECD, the UAE is 9th in value and first in percentage.
Long may it continue!