The effective partnership and information sharing conference aims at holding an annual forum for those who are working in the field of governmental and national humanitarian works and the research centers that are specialized in the same field. The conference aims at establishing a base for information sharing, promoting the constructive partnership among humanitarian organizations, enhancing cooperation, communication and the continuous coordination among the main authorities working in the humanitarian field in addition to sharing experiences between them for improving the performance, overcoming the challenges that face the field work and reaching to common points ofwork.
The participation of more than 20 international, regional and gulf organizations in addition to governmental organizations including the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is a clear evidence of the importance of this annual meeting and the urgent need for sharing information and improving the performance through providing better coordination and more professional work.
The Fifth Annual Session for the Conference in Kuwait
For the fifth year consecutively and in cooperation with the International Islamic Charitable Organization and the UN office for the Coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA), Direct Aid Society organized the fifth annual conference for effective partnership and sharing information which was held in Kuwait under the slogan of “PARTNERSHIPS AND COORDINATION FOR FACING COMPLEX CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVING EARLY RECOVERY … THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”. The conference was inaugurated under the sponsorship of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and it was attended by Her Excellency Ms. Hind Sabeeh, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, The Baroness / Valerie Amos, Deputy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and number of officials of organizations and international and national charitable organizations.
Excerpts from the Inauguration Ceremony
In a speech delivered by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, he confirmed that “the existence of such international and national organizations sharing their efforts for the humanitarian work represents an appropriate opportunity to discuss and examine the chances for future cooperation among them in order to achieve their humanitarian goals”.
He also pointed out that “Kuwait undertakes its humanitarian duty towards the brotherly and friendly countries, whether in a bilateral way or through the United Nations and its specialized agencies. It also undertakes the responsibility of helping states and people suffering from natural disasters in order to help them to face the consequence effects. Moreover, the ratio of aids presented by Kuwait exceeds 1.3% of GDP, surpassing the aid ratios recognized internationally”.
Sheikh Khaled Al-Sabah said “We look forward to the first global humanitarian conference will be held in Turkey in 2016 with all its humanitarian values aiming at reducing vulnerabilities, addressing risks and enabling the affected communities to work better in searching for innovations”.
In a speech delivered in the inauguration ceremony by the Vice Chairman of Direct Aid Society, Dr. Mohammed Al-Alloushand on behalf of the Chairman of Direct Aid Society Dr. Abdulrahman Saleh Mahalan, he confirmed that “We are keen on providing opportunities of cooperation to coordinate with the charitable organizations to start the urgent intervention projects when needed as we are convinced that such big challenges will be difficult to be faced by one organization”.
Al-Alloush said: “I hope that this conference will be a valuable addition to the previous conferences and that the recommendations and proposals discussed in this conference will suit the challenges we face in the humanitarian work and the challenges that people face in all areas of conflicts”.
Al-Alloushadded,” We have to thank the pioneers of humanitarian work who exerted great efforts in this field such as Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait – May Allah Have Mercy on Him- the leader of charitable work in Africa and Mr. Yousef Hajji, the founder and former chairman of the charitable organization whom we ask Allah to bless him with health and wellness”.
From her side, the baroness “Valerie Amos” – Deputy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator – said in her speech in the inauguration ceremony,”We are being gathered here in this conference each year to share our experiences and to work together to overcome the challenges we face. Moreover, the fruits of this cooperation are so clear for all and it makes a real difference in the humanitarian work”.
The Important Agenda and Various Events
For three consecutive days, the conference addressed a main topic came on its agenda which is “The role of partnerships and coordination in the complicated crises, the urgent intervention and enabling the local community” through presenting and discussing experiences of partnership and coordination of some humanitarian organizations to handle current humanitarian crises in addition to discussing the means of benefiting and developing these experiences and sharing them with various humanitarian organizations.
The conference also discussed a number of urgent issues among which the humanitarian situation in Gaza sector, the humanitarian situations in South of Sudan, the humanitarian challenges in Iraq, the issue of refugees in Central Africa and the humanitarian challengescreated by “Ebola”. During the conference, a number of work teams were formed to discuss some topics related to the humanitarian work among of which: developing the operating efficiencies, developing the remote aid management, aspects of partnership between UN organizations and the non-governmental organizations and protecting the workers from risks that may threat their works and lives.
Concluding the conference with Effective Recommendations and Points of Work
The conference concludes in a number of important recommendations that will help to promote and develop the performance of humanitarian organizations and activating the coordination and participation among them for better humanitarian work. The most important recommendations include:
• Organizing a workshop within three months to follow up the implementation of what have been discussed during the conference.
• Preparing a manual for the humanitarian work during 9 months as maximum through which the mechanisms of humanitarian work will be explained in addition to presenting the most important stories of success and failure.
• Activating the electronic gate “The Arab Gate for Affairs and Humanity” for displaying the successful experiences from which all employees in the humanitarian work will benefit.
• Preparing a manual for the partnership and cooperation through which the most effective examples of partnerships among humanitarian organizations will be displayed.
• Holding two workshops to coordinate with some organizations to implement specific humanitarian tasks and projects.
• Giving the major priority to the means of protecting the workers in the humanitarian field through the communication with security and safety management in the United Nations, the commitment with the minimum security standards for those who work in the dangerous areas and areas of armed conflict and providing them safety and security in addition to making advertisement for its relatedtrainings on the electronic gate.
• Forming and training teams for moral support for those who are affected by the areas of conflict.
• Promoting the successful practices, experiences and modern technology for the rest of humanitarian organizations.
• Holding a workshop in the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo to benefit from the outcomes of the Donors Conference to Gaza Strip which was held recently in Egypt.
• Coordinating with the Islamic Cooperation Organization, the Arab League, the Egyptian Red Crescent and Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization to deliver humanitarian aids to the people of Gaza Strip.
• Training and employing the youth in Gaza Strip through the humanitarian organizations.
• Promoting the immediate response, mobilizing the resources and supporting the coordination between the effective organizations in the field to curb the spread of epidemic “Ebola”.
• Studying the religious edicts (Fatwas) related to practices of burying the dead infected with the disease to reduce its spread.
• Consolidating the efforts of humanitarian organizations in Islamic and Arab World to make the people well-known with the situation in South Sudan in addition to helping the refugees in neighboring states and supporting national organizations.
• Dealing with national organizations in Iraq to deliver aids to the Iraqi refugees in the areas falling under the control of the armed militias.
Statements on sideline of the conference
• Meeting with the regional commissioner for the International Committee of Red Cross, “Gerrard Petregent”:
In an exclusive statement for Direct Aid, the regional commissioner for the International Committee of Red Cross, “Gerrard Petregent” has expressed his happiness for his participation in this important annual conference. He said: “For us ‘The Red Cross Foundation’, this annual conferencerepresented a very important occasion for meeting the humanitarian partners all over the world as we thank state of Kuwait for hosting this conference. Also, I thank specifically Direct Aid Society and the International Islamic Charity Authority and UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for their sponsorship for this conference.
Gerrard Petregent added: ” Through this session of conference, we will look for means of the mutual cooperation and effective partnership between the Red Cross Foundation and Red Crescent Society and various humanitarian organizations participating in the conference to reach the best partnership and cooperation mechanisms that enable us to implement real action which benefit the victims of violence, wars, faminesand the complicated crisesaround the worldso that we canprovide all forms ofaid, assistance and reliefnecessaryfor them”.
• Meeting with Chief of UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Arabian Gulf, Mr. Saeed Harsi about the role of State of Kuwait:
Saeed Harsi pointed out that through his work in different parts of the world and in Africa in particular, he sees that the work of Direct Aid Societyis represented in meeting thereal needs ofthe injured peopleand he added: “Throughmy dealings withDirect Aid Society, Inoted that itis characterized with combining both of intervention inemergencyand constantdevelopment projects”.
In regard to the projects that combine “OCHA” with Direct Aid Society, Saeed Harsi said that “In this period, there is ajoint workandcooperationin many areasin the Gulf regionbetween “OCHA” and Direct Aid Society. Whereas our colleaguesin the UnitedNationsare cooperating with Direct Aid Society in other areasinAfrica. In the Gulf areain particular,we are working with DirectAid Society for raising thecompetencies as I refer herein tothe great roleof DirectAid Societyinorganizing this conferenceand choosing the topics in addition to its contribution in raisingthe capabilities of those who are participating therein. He said: “We also cooperatewithDirect Aidinthe field ofinformation exchangeas it is distinguished with having a great information networkand a largepresencein different regionsin Africa andthus it is enriched with a permanent, vital and field information. Weare currently working ondeveloping theprogramming policies and reachingto the best meansfor the best performance of the work”.
Harsi added: “Direct Aid are honest and truthful partners with everyone, especially with the UN Organizations and it is serious in coordination with us in various fields”.
Part ofa longmeetingwith Director of The International Centrefor Research and Studies, Dr. Khalid Al-Serehi about the charity work and ways of developing and evaluating it in light of the experience ofDirect AidSociety in Africa:
Dr. Khalid Al-Serehi, Director of The International Centrefor Research and Studies, praised The Direct Aid Society’seffortsin the field ofhumanitarian woksandsaid: “There is no doubt thatour sheikh, teacherandidealin the charity work, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait-May Allah have mercy upon him-has donea very valuable works for which we ask Almighty Allahto make that among his good deeds, and no doubt alsothat he brought up a generationcancomplete theoutstandingrole that he started in Africa.
Dr. Khalid Al-Serehi added: “Through my following-upto thereports issuedon work ofDirectAid Society, it is noteworthy that it works in a good institutional mannerand it did a lot for sake of thedevelopmentand excellenceand I hope tocontinuetaking into account the international standardsin the humanitarian workstooccupy the place it deservesas a unique globalinstitutionin the Islamic world.
He said: “Direct Aid is characterized with the direct and rapid intervention through its field works in all inured areas and helping Muslims in many African countries. We ask Al-Mighty Allah to help us and them with all the best.”
Concerning his future vision bout thecharity works in the Islamic world, Dr. Khalid Al-Serehi emphasized on the necessity of concentrating on the cognitiveformation before skillful formation of the human resources in charitable societies. Moreover, each charitable organization should have studies and information center to develop its work practically. He added “I would advise the humanitarian organizations to attract the youth to work in the charitable field as they will be responsible in the future for solving the current problems.