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Abu Dhabi will host more NGOs to address social issues.

Abu Dhabi is set to expand its network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to tackle various social challenges, as announced by Helal Al Balooshi, the executive director of the Community Engagement and Sports Sector at the Department of Community Development (DCD). This initiative aims to address issues like elderly care, promoting regular physical exercise, and enhancing family stability across the emirate.

Speaking at the launch of the Abu Dhabi Third Sector Awards, Al Balooshi emphasized the importance of increasing the number of NGOs and social enterprises to involve more people in addressing social priorities using diverse approaches. He encouraged individuals to identify issues they are passionate about and assured support from the DCD to help them make a meaningful impact.

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Currently, Abu Dhabi hosts 94 licensed NGOs, 49 social enterprises, and 52 volunteer teams, but Al Balooshi highlighted the potential for further growth aligned with critical social needs. He stressed the collaborative nature of social development, emphasizing that effective service delivery requires mobilization across the community, not just government efforts.

The initiative aims to create an enabling environment for NGOs and social enterprises to implement impactful programs. Al Balooshi underscored the role of community participation in sectors such as elderly care, physical activity promotion, and family stability, all identified as key social priorities by the DCD.

The Abu Dhabi Third Sector Awards, launched to recognize outstanding contributions to community and societal well-being, includes categories like Social Enterprise of the Year, Volunteer Team of the Year, and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year. The initiative seeks to foster innovation and excellence in addressing social challenges through dedicated workshops and access to private sector funding.

Registration for the awards, aimed at promoting and celebrating social development efforts, began recently and will continue until August 30, marking a significant step in enhancing community engagement and social impact initiatives in Abu Dhabi.

June 25, 2024 12:47 p.m. 539

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