Out of 137 Countries, UAE is World’s 16th Biggest Foreign Aid Donor

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A comprehensive report by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development wasOut of 137 Countries, UAE is World’s 16th Biggest Foreign Aid Donor released yesterday detailing the various donations and grants by the government and 43 semi-government and private organizations.
Based on the report, UAE spends Dh5.83 billion in 137 countries and earmarking a further Dh5.59bn for future projects, thus, placing the country as the world’s 16th-biggest donor of foreign aid in 2012.
UAE’s greatest contributor is the government spending Dh2.62bn while the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) was the next biggest spender, donating Dh1.28bn and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation was third, spending Dh563 million. The majority of funds – Dh5.07bn – went towards development, with Dh400m going to humanitarian services and Dh360m going to charity.
“The UAE does not provide conditional aid or wait for a return, the motivation to provide humanitarian aid is its strong keenness to contribute to achieving stability and provide a dignified life for all peoples, regardless of their race or religion,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai said, proving country’s worth as an international role model with its commitment to Islamic teachings and helping the needy.
He specified President Sheikh Khalifa for praise, calling him a “pioneer in humanitarian work without peer” and saying “aid provided by him alone stood highest among all the Government or private institutions in the country”.
ADFD distributed Dh1.28bn to projects in 29 countries. The fund focused on energy generation and supply – it spent Dh369.7m in those areas. The fund granted Dh44m to the Seychelles for a wind power station to replace its diesel-operated plants. It also provided grants for the construction of roads and bridges in countries including Afghanistan, Albania, Benin, Morocco and Tanzania.
The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the country’s third top donor, granted Dh563m to projects in 65 countries. A large chunk of this – Dh222m – went to the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, for its Ahmed bin Zayed Cancer Centre and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for cancer therapy.