Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development held recently.
The MoU aims to strengthen the bonds of co-operation between the two organisations in order to achieve their common objectives.
The MoU also provides a framework of co-operation between the parties to facilitate work in areas of common concern, including their common commitments to development and the advancement of the rights of children and their families, all in the context of helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and taking into account national priorities and development plans.
Amal Abdullatif al-Mannai, chief executive officer, QFSW, said, “QFSW and Unicef have for many years worked together to promote positive change on development issues. Today’s agreement further strengthens this partnership and formalises our joint commitment to the SDGs and improving the rights of vulnerable people.”
Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Unicef works with governments, civil society organisations and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, development and participation.
QFSW works to support, strengthen and promote the civil society organisations working under its umbrella, developing and activating their role in society, and developing strategies, policies and programmes that contribute to their advancement in order to achieve the goals for which they were established.
The civil society organisations working under the umbrella of QFSW represent different branches of social work, including: awareness raising and encouraging volunteerism; family cohesion; people with disabilities; reducing domestic violence; women’s empowerment; empowering and building youth capacities; supporting the elderly; and rehabilitation, prevention and protection from social risks.
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