Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development.
The MOU aims to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between the two organisations in order to achieve their common objectives.
The MoU provides a framework of cooperation between the parties to facilitate work in areas of common concern, including their common commitments to development and the advancement of the rights of children and their families, all in the context of helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and taking into account national priorities and development plans.
Ms. Amal Abdullatif Al-Mannai, CEO of QFSW, highlighted the importance of the agreement, saying:
“Qatar Foundation for Social Work and UNICEF have for many years worked together to promote positive change on development issues. Today’s agreement further strengthens this partnership and formalizes our joint commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and improving the rights of vulnerable people.”
Ms. Amal Abdullatif Al-Mannai added, “The occasion of today’s MOU signing is fitting as we come together with local and international partners to address the issues and challenges faced by people with disabilities worldwide. The UNICEF delegation has visited both QFSW’s the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre (AMAN) and Dreama, the Orphan Care Centre, and applauded their efforts in the advancement of children’s rights. This agreement reinforces the State of Qatar’s unwavering commitment to the advancement of human and social development in Qatar and around the world.”
Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF works with governments, civil society organizations and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, development and participation.
QFSW works to support, strengthen and promote the civil society organizations working under its umbrella, developing and activating their role in society, and developing strategies, policies and programs that contribute to their advancement in order to achieve the goals for which they were established.
The civil society organizations working under the umbrella of QFSW represent different branches of social work, including: awareness raising and encouraging volunteerism; family cohesion; people with disabilities; reducing domestic violence; women's empowerment; empowering and building youth capacities; supporting the elderly; and rehabilitation, prevention and protection from social risks.