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The true story of Africa’s billion dollar losses

Africa is being drained of resources by the rest of the world and it is losing far more each year than it gains. Africa alone loses $192 billion each year to the rest of the world. This is mainly in profits made by foreign companies, tax dodging and the costs of adapting to climate change. Whilst rich countries often talk about the aid their countries give to Africa, this is in fact less than $30 billion each year. Even when you add this to foreign investment, remittances and other resources that flow into the continent, Africa still suffers an overall loss of $58 billion every year. The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.

This money that Africa loses each year is over one and half times the amount of additional money needed to deliver affordable health care to everyone in the world. If the rest of the world continues to raid Africa at the same rate, over the next 10 years $580 billion will be lost by the African people.

Many of Africa’s loses directly benefit rich countries. They are a result of policies and practices that drain Africa and keep its people in poverty. These include tax dodging, unfair trade policies and the practices of multinational companies, and the brain drain of skilled workers.

A Generous Act From His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

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A Generous Act From Kuwait.

Humanitarian action has been a top priority with Kuwait’s policy towards Africa.

Kuwait has unveiled several initiatives to give impetus to development marches in African developing countries.

During the 3rd hosting of the Afro Arab summit by Kuwait in 2013, His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah allocated one billion USD to finance development projects in African countries in five years. This has resulted in Kuwait’s great interest in fostering strong relationship with Africa.

Kuwait had kept its commitments in meeting the needs of Africa by improving their economy infrastructure, food security, agriculture and development projects hence bettering the lives of the people.

Kuwait also launched a one million prize to scientific researches to topics focussed on development in Africa. The winner would be honored in a ceremony to be held on the sidelines at the 4th Afro Arab summit, which is held in Equatorial Guinea on November 22nd 2016.

The Al-Sumait 2015 prize would go to Oxford University professor Kevin Marsh of tropical medicine for his tireless efforts in controlling and combating malaria, a decease threatening the health of millions of African children. There would also be a prize for the International institute of tropical Agriculture in Nigeria. The Al-Sumait prize for African development works to encourage and enhance development in Africa through honoring leading and innovative and researches conducted by individuals or institutions to deal with challenges facing Africa.

The Kuwait fund for Arab economic development which is the states agency for the provision and administrative of financial and technical assistance to developing countries has entered into a partnership with over 30 African countries.

The Kuwait investment authority has also pledged huge capitals into the infrastructure, energy, agriculture and industry sectors in Africa.

Kuwait also gave a special project to enhance the medical services delivery system at the African Union Commission headquarters.

The African Union Chairman relied that it was very important as it served as a practical symbol of solidarity between the African Union and the State of Kuwait.

This would support the African centers for disease control and presentation, an institution critical towards building resilience and coordination in Africa to manage and prevent the spread of diseases. Kuwait also helped Africa during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah donated five million USD to the World Health Organization and the United Nations office for coordination of humanitarian affairs to help qualify medical centers in the virus hit countries to deal with emergency.

Kuwait’s non governmental organizations such as Kuwait Red Crescent Society, the international Islamic Charitable Organization, the Islamic Heritage Revival Society and Royal Group Charity Foundation have been providing financial, technical and humanitarian aid to many African countries.

In recognition of Kuwait’s great humanitarian action, the United Nations proclaimed His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a great humanitarian leader with Kuwait being the Humanitarian centre.

As we hold the 4th Afro Arab summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea during November 2016. Kuwait plans to build up on resolutions made in the previous summit. It is focussed on building foundations of respect, trust and common interests. It will also focus on finding common grounds on economic and sustainable development cooperation.

With the great leadership towards Kuwait’s kindness and goodwill efforts, The GCC countries rank the top of the list for generosity in helping Africa develop into a progressive world and bringing change within the daily lives of its people, enabling us to change lives and bring an entire humanitarian awareness across the world.

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UAE Projects in Africa

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H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Project in Africa

H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Project in Africa as described by the African Union as the most important charitable educational project to be executed in African by a single financier. The project was nothing but a realization of the vision of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, by suggesting a practical solution to the major problems facing the African continent, including challenges like poverty, diseases, instability and economic problems. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s vision was clear, sharp and direct: quality education is the best solution to serve millions of people in the least fortunate parts of the world. That’s how His Highness Sheikh Hamdan adopted this program and kept on financing it year after year since 1997. The purpose of building these schools, as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, is to educate students at the highest levels of scientific efficiency, send them to the best university colleges and to expand the opportunities of integrated education for thousands of African youth who were deprived from education either because of poverty or lack of schools in addition to the low level of the available schools which kills

any ambitions for further education. To meet this goal, Al Maktoum Foundation launched a series of integrated schools, fully equipped with laboratories, educational assets in addition to qualified administrated,

experienced teachers and adequate funds for development. The results were reflected in pioneering schools in terms of high school examination results as well as their contribution to the local communities. This huge, ambitious project was in fact Al Maktoum Foundation’s very first project in Africa in 1997

and its first phase saw ten secondary schools build in eight countries namely Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Chad, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The project then continued to expand until today where it has 40 schools and colleges in 22 African nations.

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THE EFFECTS OF POVERTY

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CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF POVERTY TODAY

According to the World Research, more than one billion people today live on less than $1 per day. About 70% of those people are women, and almost half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa survives at that income level. We know that every 3.5 seconds, a child dies in the developing world from poverty-related circumstances.

At Royal Group Charity, we are deeply committed to serving and empowering the very poor to lift themselves out of poverty. But what is poverty exactly?

While on the surface poverty is often defined as a lack of income or assets, in the day to day lives of the very poor, poverty becomes a network of disadvantages, each one exacerbating the others. The result is generation after generation of people who lack access to education, health care, adequate housing, proper sanitation and good nutrition. They are the most vulnerable to disasters, armed conflict and systems of political and economic oppression and they are powerless to improve their circumstances. These conditions often carry with them dysfunctional family and societal relationships, paralyzingly low self-esteem, and spiritual darkness. Poverty is a lack of hope.

It’s clear that handouts and traditional aid are not enough to solve the problem of poverty and its many entanglements. Royal Group Charity Foundation seeks to equip the poor to free themselves from poverty in a holistic way.

We strongly believe that Hope can change so many lives in this world. Royal Group Charity Foundation hopes that our work and efforts would continue to be satisfactory and change many lives for a better and brighter future.

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Royal Group Charity Foundation Agenda for 2017

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Royal Group Charity Foundation Agenda for 2017 includes

(a) Protecting, educating and sheltering the families of the poor community to give our children a childhood and a bright future.

(b) Giving our children a childhood and a future by sheltering, educating and protecting families.

Royal Group Charity Foundation view and mission on Africa

Our mission is for every child on the continent of Africa to have full access to quality education.

we do this by building schools and providing educational opportunities.

Our vision is to increase the literacy rate on the continent of Africa where every child is given equal opportunity to obtain an education.

Royal investments and advocacy for education offer an opportunity to leverage resources to increase funding and commitment to the education sector.

Don’t Just Think About It – Do It!

To make an inspirational impact on charity through international professional Network.

WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

 

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On 23 – 24 May 2016 world leaders will meet in Istanbul to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.

The World Humanitarian Summit is a joint effort by many governments and organizations that are committed to improving humanitarian action. The WHS would not be possible without their support and collaboration.

The purpose of the summit is to set a forward looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges. The aim is to build a more inclusive and diverse humanitarian system committed to humanitarian principles.

The three main goals of the summit are:

Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles.

Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks.

Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering.

The United Nations’s Agenda for Humanity  calls on global leaders to commit to five core responsibilities. 

CORE RESPONSIBILITY A:  

Global leadership to prevent and end conflict.

Preventing conflicts and finding political solutions to resolve them is our first and foremost responsibility to humanity.

CORE RESPONSIBILITY B:

Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity.  Every day, civilians are deliberately or indiscriminately killed in wars. We are witnessing the erosion of 150 years of international humanitarian law.

But even wars have limits: leaders must recommit to upholding the rules that protect humanity.

CORE RESPONSIBILITY C:

Leave no one behind

The World Humanitarian Summit is the first test of our commitment to transform the lives of those most at risk of being left behind.

This means reaching everyone and empowering all women, men girls and boys to be agents of positive transformation. It means reducing displacement, supporting refugees and migrants, ending gaps in education and fighting to eradicate sexual and gender based violence.

CORE RESPONSIBILITY D:

Change people’s lives- from delivering aid to ending need

Success must now be measured by how people’s vulnerability and risk are reduced, not by how needs are met year after year. Ending need will require three fundamental shifts in the way we work:

1. Reinforce, don’t replace national system

2. Anticipate, don’t wait for crises

3. Transcend the humanitarian-development divide

CORE RESPONSIBILITY E:

Invest in Humanity

Accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financial investment.

As a shift is needed from funding to financing that invests in local capacities, is risk-informed, invests in fragile situations and incentivizes collective outcomes. 

End Malaria For Good

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Malaria is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide, especially in the developing world. Malaria is an infectious disease that, despite being preventable and treatable, threatens the lives of 3.2 billion people around the world. Every year the disease accounts for over 438,000 deaths, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria. Pregnant women and children under five years of age are especially vulnerable – high maternal mortality, low birth weight and maternal anaemia are other consequences of this devastating disease.

In 2015, there were 96 countries that had some degree of malaria transmission. The toll on children under five has been especially devastating, accounting for 70 percent of all malaria deaths.

The majority of malaria victims worldwide are children under the age of five

Despite massive progress in fighting malaria in the past decade, the parasite that causes the disease has evolved and become more difficult to treat in some parts of Asia. Growing parasite resistance to artemisinin, the key ingredient of the most effective treatment currently available for malaria, poses a great challenge to malaria control. That is why it is imperative for Royal Group Charity to maintain high levels of funding to contain the spread of the resistant parasite to Africa where it could reverse the present downward trend and lead to large scale epidemics in populations no longer fully immune to the disease.

THE SOLUTION 

Malaria imposes an enormous cost on already stretched public health services and economies, yet it is entirely preventable and treatable with a combination of available tools and sustained financing. A comprehensive approach to malaria control, that includes protective insecticide treated nets, indoor spraying with insecticide, preventive treatment for pregnant women, diagnostic tests, effective drugs, education, surveillance, research and advocacy, will successfully continue to reduce the burden of the disease and control its spread. Intensive efforts will potentially lead to the elimination and finally the eradication of the disease.

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List of Great Donors in Arab Countries

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February 22, 2016 By Royal Group

Donors in Arab Countries have long history as aid providers. Due to limited resources and knowledge, some regions are still under developed. Arab Donors provide support in various countries worldwide in order to foster understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities.

Donors in Arab Region that provide aid in Arab countries and countries worldwide. Examples include:

Dubai Cares that works to improve children’s access to primary education in Developing Countries

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development that is helping developing countries to achieve sustainable economic development.

The Arab Fund that works for economic and social development.

Islamic Development Bank to foster economic development and social growth of its member countries and Muslim communities.

Reducing Global Poverty by 50% Millennium Development Goal

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Over 1.3 billion people in the world today are surviving on less than $1.25 a day.  And many millions more struggle to overcome discrimination, violence, conflict and disasters.  That’s why the fight against poverty and hunger is at the heart of Royal Group Charity’s action plan for international development. The action plan is met by our vision of a sustainable and just world, where people are empowered to overcome poverty and hunger and fully realize their rights and potential.

Inequality and marginalization are key drivers of poverty everywhere. People living in poverty are very often denied the rights and necessities we associate with human dignity.

These include access to nutritious food, to essential health and education services, to basic housing and shelter, to security and decent work. 

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The good news is that worldwide poverty is reducing with the Millennium Development Goal of halving world poverty by 2015. However progress is uneven and increased efforts are now needed by the international community to find solutions to the many daunting challenges which remain. 

These solutions need to be informed by an understanding of the many and often complex factors which drive people into poverty and prevent them from escaping the viscous cycle of poverty in a rapidly changing world.

Almost one billion people, or one in seven of the world’s population, are hungry today.

In developing countries, 3.5 million mothers and children die needlessly each year because undernutrition leaves them more vulnerable to infectious diseases. 

More than 1.5 billion people live in countries experiencing fragility due to conflict or natural disasters.

More frequent and larger humanitarian disasters are affecting more people, with a fivefold increase in the incidence of natural disasters since the 1970s.

Environmental hazards such as pollution, severe weather events and climate change are threatening livelihoods and could drive millions more into extreme poverty over the coming years.

Widening Inequality, including gender inequality remains a big challenge and can lead to people being trapped in poverty across generations.   

Across regions, women’s rights are being violated and they still have less access to productive resources and opportunities.

Population growth over the next 40 years will further strain environmental resources and put food production and security under pressure.

The population share of extreme poor in developing countries was projected to fall from 29% in 1990 to 12% in 2015. By 2004, the number of people living on less than a dollar a day had fallen to 985 million, equivalent to 18% of the population of the developing world. An estimated 135 million people were pulled out of extreme poverty in low-income countries between 1999 and 2004.

The Middle East and North Africa region were on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal’s poverty target of halving, by 2015, the number of people living on less than $1 a day. South Asia was also expected to meet the target before 2015, although high population growth has meant that the number of extremely poor people in South Asia has not greatly changed. East Asia and the Pacific has already met the target. Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and Central Asia are in danger of not meeting the target. Africa is still way off track and unlikely to meet its target.

Progress in Africa has been better since the late 1990s with the share of the region’s people living in extreme poverty dropping 4.7 percentage points over five years to 41% in 2004. At the same time high population growth left the same absolute number of poor in 2004 as in 1999, at nearly 300 million. Globally, Africa now accounts for 30 percent of the world’s extreme poor, compared with 19 percent in 1990 and only 11 percent in 1981.

Eastern and Central Asia saw 42 million people move out of $2-a-day poverty—a measure more widely accepted to assess poverty in that cold climate—between 1999 and 2004, a near halving of the total. However, the number of people still in $2-a-day poverty is more than in 1990, prior to the collapse of many of those transition economies. Less than 1 percent of Europe and Central Asia’s population was living on under $1 a day in 2004, equivalent to 4.4 million people.

East and South Asia drove global growth and poverty reduction over the past 10 years and the trend continues. The extreme poverty rate for East Asia and the Pacific (including China) was 9 percent in 2004, while the rate for South Asia was 32 percent.

Rapid global growth in 2006 provides grounds for optimism about progress in advancing the Millennium Development Goals.

For low income countries, real per capita income growth in Africa and South Asia has been stronger in the period since 2000 than any time since the 1960s, and stronger in Europe and Central Asian countries than any time since transition. Average GDP per capita growth rates for low-income countries in 2006 was estimated to be 5.9 percent, following a pick up trend that started in the 1990s.

Middle income countries continued to grow at high rates—estimated at 6.2 percent in 2006—with China and Europe and Central Asian countries at even higher rates—9.1 and 10 percent respectively.

One factor behind this performance is strong macroeconomic policies, as evidenced through continued moderate inflation rates and improved fiscal policies in some low income countries. Reduced indebtedness relative to GDP, owing in part to debt forgiveness from donors, has also helped improve fiscal outlooks.

In low-income countries, preliminary estimates suggest that, on average, growth has clearly resulted in lower poverty incidence: for a sample of 19 low-income countries, 1 percent of GDP per capita growth was associated with a 1.3 percent fall in the rate of extreme poverty and a 0.9 percent fall in the $2-a-day poverty rate.

Defining wealth as including natural assets in addition to physical and human capital leads to concerns that current rates of depletion and degradation of natural resources may be undermining the sustainability of higher growth, particularly in developing countries. In Africa, for example, the net creation of wealth has been effectively zero over the last three decades, a period in which total population more than doubled.

Extreme poverty is increasingly concentrated in fragile states, defined as those with particularly weak institutions and poor policies. These states and territories are home to 9 percent of the population living in developing countries, but nearly 27 percent of the extreme poor. Addressing the problems specific to them is thus critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goal.

Moreover, the problems of fragile states face spill over to neighboring countries through conflict, refugee flows, organized crime, spread of epidemic disease, and barriers to trade and investment.

Conflicts are a major reason why countries slide into fragility, and they extract high costs in terms of lives and physical damage, but also reduce growth and increase poverty. While the number of conflicts in low-income countries has decreased, conflicts have become shorter and more intense than before, with an average negative impact on GDP growth of around a 12 percent decline per year of conflict.

Nevertheless there are models of success: Vietnam, Mozambique, and Uganda all experienced severe violent conflict but managed a cessation of hostilities, and, subsequently, enjoyed economic growth by the introduction of programs of managed, market-oriented reform.

Aid is particularly important in fragile states because it constitutes the main source of development finance. However, multilateral institutions account for only around 8 percent of total flows from developed countries, the rest coming from bilateral sources.

As we move towards the future, Royal Group Charity Foundation would continue to fight for the cause and support the international communities into ending poverty globally.

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Ebola Free Declaration

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Time to rebuild

Following todays declaration of the end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever by the World Health Organization.

Royal Group Charity Foundation will help Africa to get people back in business, improve healthcare and get children back to school.

Royal Group Charity has committed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to support Africa’s recovery over the next 2 years, of which a portion will be focused on building new schools and hospitals to help bring life back to the people.

Our ongoing support for Africa includes:

Help for over 2,000 Ebola survivors, who face ongoing health problems and potential stigmatization. as well as medical support and assistance for survivors.

Support for the long term recovery in Africa, including rebuilding the health system to improve sanitation and access to healthcare, as well as developing the education system to allow schools to reopen safely.

Royal Group Charity will also help medium sized businesses to start growth to create a bright future.