Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development, to strengthen their cooperation.

The MOU provides a framework of cooperation to facilitate work in areas of common concern, including their common commitment to development and the advancement of the rights of children and their families, all in the context of helping to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and taking into account national priorities and development plans.

QFSW CEO Amal Abdullatif Al Mannai said they have been working with UNICEF for many years to promote positive change on development issues.

Today’s agreement further strengthens this partnership and formalises our joint commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and improving the rights of vulnerable people.’

The UNICEF delegation has visited the QFSW Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre (AMAN) and Dreama, the Orphan Care Centre, and has applauded the efforts of QFSW in the advancement of children’s rights. The agreement reinforces Qatar’s unwavering commitment to the advancement of human and social development in Qatar and around the world.

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 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.

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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