Sheikh Zayed an Example of Giving Among Emirati Society
Abu Dhabi,19 May 2018
The relentless efforts of the UAE leadership in the domain of international development aid have positioned the nation as the world's largest Official Development Aid Donor relative to national income for the fifth consecutive year. This is according to data released by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The incredible and laudable achievement owes its fundamentals to the seeds sown by the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In addition to serving as a monumental role model for humanitarian work, Sheikh Zayed instilled the humane culture of giving among the UAE people. Several decades later, his vision continues to guide the country’s efforts in supporting communities across the developing world in gaining self-reliance and prosperity. Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of ADFD Board of Directors, is committed to assisting developing countries achieve sustainable economic growth. As part of this priority, ADFD has implemented thousands of development projects worldwide over the past four and a half decades. Spanning more than 88 developing countries and valued at AED80 billion, these projects have helped beneficiary countries achieve their development goals and address the most pressing development challenges, especially poverty alleviation.More specifically, over the past five years, ADFD has actively contributed to the development of strategic infrastructure projects in vital sectors such as renewable energy, health, education, agriculture, industry and housing, among others. While diligently overseeing its mandate of helping international communities achieve sustainable economic and social development, ADFD seeks to become a partner of choice for the international community in addressing key development issues, while providing improved livelihood for millions of people around the world.