Charity uses web to heighten awareness

A new web site for one of the Middle East’s largest charities, Arab Aid, has been launched by the Arab National and Regional Development Institution (ANRDI), to raise the fund's profile.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  September 28, 2003

A new web site for one of the Middle East’s largest charities, Arab Aid, has been launched by the Arab National and Regional Development Institution (ANRDI), to raise the fund's profile.

The new site contains information on Arab Aid and the various independent bodies that make up the organisation. Kuwait-based Arab Aid has given loans worth over US$70 billion over the past 30 years to 147 countries for projects involving education, healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture and the alleviation of poverty.

The site lists the countries that have benefited from Arab Aid, their concentration geographically, and the development projects that have been undertaken in these countries. There are also introductions to the eight national aid organisations that make up the ANRDI. The site is available in English, Arabic and French.

The site contains the latest news and photographs from the various development projects worldwide as well as an online resource where member institutions can meet to exchange information.

Arab Aid comprises the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Saudi Fund for Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the OPEC Fund for International Development, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Institutions (AGFUND).

The group had a strong presence at the recently held Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF held in Dubai.
Members hosted a seminar at which the president of AGFUND, HH Prince Talal Abdulaziz Al Saud, was the keynote speaker to discuss improved coordination of support for projects in developing countries around the world. Arab Aid also participated in a major regional exhibition held by Dubai 2003 to promote the work of different organisations throughout the Arab world to the international audience attending the event.

The new site is located at www.arabaid.org.

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