HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches Humanitarian Accelerators

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai, U.A.E

The government of Dubai recently launched the Humanitarian Accelerators at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, a first of its kind initiative in the Arab World to create a platform for skilled professionals to support the humanitarian sector.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai launched the Humanitarian Accelerators, which is dedicated to improving the financial efficiency of humanitarian organizations and leapfrogging conventional technology approaches in order to enhance the work of the humanitarian sector according to TradeArabia.com

At the launch HH Sheikh Mohammed said, “We are striving to accelerate the process of giving, consolidate efficiency and leapfrog conventional technology approaches in humanitarian work. We wish to increase the efficiency of humanitarian organizations so that, in the name of the UAE, we can help more people around the world.”

“The goal of the Humanitarian Accelerators is to harness the potential of advanced technology in order to improve the lives of others. We are facing many humanitarian challenges, and must think innovatively in order to accelerate philanthropic work and achieve high results – this cannot wait,” he added.
The Humanitarian Accelerators were launched to leverage the talents of the innovative professionals to finding solutions for some of the most difficult humanitarian challenges. The Humanitarian Accelerators are launched in collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative (MBRGI) and Dubai Future Accelerators. They seek to adapt modern technology such as Artificial Intelligence to serve humanity, improve the financial efficiency of all MBRGI humanitarian institutions and achieve tangible results in serving humanity.

The Humanitarian Accelerators will address four key challenges facing the region:

1.The first challenge is provide access to quality education to all children, including refugees by providing e-learning tools and developing innovative mechanisms, such as accessible websites, that enable young students to access interactive educational platforms regardless of where they are located.

2.The second challenge is providing access to clean water in underprivileged countries. Today, MBRGI has utilized conventional solutions to provide clean drinking water to over 10 million people – harnessing technology to expand this reach is the next step.

3.The third challenge facing the region is the number of refugees living in poverty – up from 50 per cent in 2015 to 70 per cent in 2017 as per UNHCR reports. The Humanitarian Accelerators will focus on finding electronic solutions and developing a platform for e-business in order to give refugees around the world a platform to leverage their skills, capabilities and services and market their products online, providing them with tangible economic opportunities.

4.The fourth challenge to be addressed is the below-average reading material and content in Arabic online. The Humanitarian Accelerators will seek to devise electronic solutions in order to increase the amount, and quality, of Arabic content online.

This will be the humanitarian element of Dubai Future Accelerators, an intensive program designed to identify emergent technologies and create effective partnerships and strategies for embracing the future.

The programmer seeks to provide a dynamic and integrated environment for participants and humanitarian institutions to explore opportunities for innovative solutions, technology and services, in various areas, that are capable of changing the world. This may facilitate partnerships and the signing of memorandums of understanding in order to fund pilot projects after the program ends.

As of today, 65 international companies have participated in the Dubai Future Accelerators program, and a memorandum of understanding has been signed with 47 others.
(Source : TradeArabia News Service)

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