The UAE has earmarked 2017 as The Year of Giving; an initiative based around three main pillars: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteering and Serving the nation. All of the initiatives and programmes launched throughout the year will reflect the three pillars of giving, and engage citizens in an effort to entrench the values of philanthropy and altruism in all communities.
Pillars of The Year of Giving
1- PROMOTING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY The private sector will play a crucial role in promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) through strategic development partnerships aiming to embed the values of giving, charity and volunteering in the UAE. The private sector will work cohesively with government institutions to support philanthropic initiatives, including human relief work locally, regionally and globally, cementing the UAE’s position as one of the world’s leading foreign aid donors.
2- PROMOTING A CULTURE OF VOLUNTEERING Volunteers will be essential participants in The Year of Giving, with many opportunities and incentives aiming to instill the value of volunteering across communities, enhancing solidarity, collaboration and synergy. The invitation to volunteer will extend to the public and private sectors, as well as to individuals and institutions. There will also be an emphasis on skills-based volunteering; an opportunity for individuals to leverage and share their specialised skills and talents as volunteers.
3- PROMOTING THE VALUE OF SERVING THE NATION The value of philanthropy in service of the nation is an important part of The Year of Giving. Young citizens will be invited to learn about patriotism and participate in initiatives that focus on giving back to the nation. The goal is to embed the value of philanthropy and altruism in the UAE’s communities, especially of future generations to come, in the service of the nation. The shared responsibility for these initiatives will be on the public and private sectors, as well as on individuals, who can maximize their potential through consolidated and joint efforts.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has announced the launch of the 'Giving Clinics', which will provide free-of-charge medical consultations and assistance starting March until the end of the year. These services will be available for all the members of society and will be available in all hospitals affiliated with MOHAP. They are being provided in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who recently announced the year 2017 as the 'Year of Giving' for all the citizens and residents in the country and is being implemented under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to embark on a mission to make the vision of the President a reality by developing a comprehensive framework to implement the 'Year of Giving' initiative.
The free services is consistent with the goals of the 'Year of Giving' initiative and is the tangible demonstration of the Ministry's strategy to promote health of individuals and society in the UAE and uphold the comprehensive and high-level of services in a sustainable and healthy environment. It aims to reinforce the vibrant spirit of giving and volunteering that the UAE has embraced since the country's inception.