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Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has reinforced Dubai’s leading global status in humanitarian work and the efforts of the emirate as well as the wider UAE in carrying out charitable endowment projects to promote values of tolerance, philanthropy and solidarity among the peoples of the world.

The message was conveyed by His Excellency Tayeb Abdul Rahman Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF during the Foundation’s participation in the Global Donors Forum 2016 organized by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists in Turkey.

Drawing the participation of volunteers and employees affiliated to humanitarian institutions and charities as well as industry experts, the forum this year was held under the theme ‘Resetting Priorities and Redefining Roles’. The forum forged greater cooperation among stakeholders in humanitarian and charitable work and enabled them to explore ways of enhancing their efforts to achieve community development and serve wider segments of beneficiaries worldwide. Participants highlighted the most effective humanitarian initiatives across different regions and examined methods of expanding their scope to ensure international cooperation and wider impact.

As part of AMAF’s participation, His Excellency Tayeb Abdul Rahman Al-Rais, showcased several charitable and humanitarian initiatives implemented by the emirate of Dubai and the UAE on a global level to help the needy, afflicted and underprivileged. He also highlighted AMAF’s endowment projects for the benefit of its minors and orphans and its efforts to invest the funds of the minors and orphans in the best possible manner to safeguard their interests and ensure their development into productive members of society.

Al-Rais said: "The Global Donors’ Forum of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is considered the leading annual event associated with charity and endowment. This is an important event for us at the Foundation given our engagements in the humanitarian space. We leveraged our participation to highlight Dubai’s and the UAE’s international humanitarian agenda. We were also able to identify ways of stepping up cooperation among like-minded entities to enhance our contributions to charity and humanity and promote values of tolerance, philanthropy and solidarity among the world’s people to achieve social and economic development based on justice and equality."

The Global Muslim Donors’ Forum 2016 covered wide-ranging topics including the promotion of charity works through Islamic finance and the role of strategic communication in countering extremism and campaigns of hostility towards Islam. It also examined how to achieve sustainable development in the management of refugee affairs, the role of media and public relations in introducing noble values of generosity and solidarity to communities and how to activate and grow endowment institutions to meet future requirements.

In addition to networking with officials and stakeholders of charitable organizations, the Secretary General of the Foundation also interacted with donors who expressed keenness in contributing to improving the lives of underprivileged people around the world. The meetings helped open doors of communication and knowledge of best practices and exchange of expertise to further raise and develop the mandate of social and humanitarian services.

Dubai’s hosting of the 4th edition of Global Donors Forum in 2011 achieved a paradigm shift and marked a watershed in the history of the forum with its focus on formulating a roadmap for Islamic philanthropy over the next decade. The roadmap recommended creating networks in humanitarian, social and charitable fields across the world and strengthening channels of cooperation between government institutions and the private sector for sustainable development.

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