Qatar’s Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) and the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) recently signed a cooperation agreement to launch a series of ‘green’ initiatives in the sector of charitable activities.

The MOU, signed by RACA’s General Manager Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Dhaimi and GORD’s Founding Chairman Dr Yousef Alhorr, will provide a framework for the two entities to identify and collaborate on areas of mutual interest. These areas will encompass exchange of knowledge and expertise to develop and implement sustainability standards across all foreign charitable projects overseen by RACA. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of top management, executives and scientific leaders from both parties.

As a sustainability partner, GORD will utilise its expertise within built environment to review projects submitted by charities to evaluate their performance in terms of design, construction management and operations against the established sustainability standards. GORD will also train staff members of RACA and affiliated charity organisations in skills linked with sustainable management and operations of their projects. Moreover, RACA will benefit from GORD’s guidance and resources in drafting future regulations and standards supporting sustainability.

Speaking during the event, RACA General Manager Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Dhaimi said they are proud of their cooperation with a leading research entity such as GORD.

This memorandum reflects our strong belief in the pivotal and effective role ministries and government bodies play in serving the country. We look forward to exchanging ideas and expertise to boost both parties’ performance in terms of the quality standards set forth by jurisdictions under national laws. RACA assures GORD of its support in all areas of mutual interest, including management, research, technical and scientific development.’

Dr Yousef Alhorr said they are delighted and proud of their cooperation with RACA, which he said is a leading entity in the field of humanitarian and charitable work in Qatar and beyond. The collaboration, according to him, will endorse GORD’s sustainability standards within built environment for RACA’s affiliated projects all over the world.

This strategic cooperation represents a practical reflection of Qatar National Vision 2030, which has prioritised sustainable environment among its four key pillars. Humanitarian action is not limited to financial support. In fact, it is also about creating a sustainable built environment which is essential for the health and well-being of people and communities.’

The MOU between RACA and GORD will also entail the launch of an international award dedicated to sustainability within charitable and humanitarian foreign aid projects. The two entities will organise joint events to foster research and development aimed at promoting sustainability in the charitable sector. There will be  specialised education and training disseminated in GORD’s centres of excellence.

RACA is an independent government body licensed to oversee philanthropic and humanitarian activities undertaken by private charitable organisations in Qatar. It maintains transparency, issues laws and supervises fundraising operations of various non-profit organisations. GORD’s corporate mission is to promote best practices on sustainability.

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