June 19, 2018, Vienna, Austria. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – has approved a US$100,000 emergency aid grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support humanitarian operations being carried out by the Guatemalan Red Cross for victims of a recent volcanic eruption.
Vienna, Austria, May 18, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – has approved two emergency aid grants totaling US$1 million to help bolster relief efforts in the Gaza Strip and Syria. The grants will be channeled through the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), respectively.
May 16, 2018, Vienna, Austria. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – has approved a US$500,000 emergency aid grant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help internally displaced Syrians and returnees by improving their access to better health, safe water and education services.
Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – has signed a US$1 million grant agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) for an initiative aimed at eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in seven African countries. The agreement was signed by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General.
April 4, 2018, Vienna, Austria. OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish has concluded a high-level mission to Amman, Jordan, where he reaffirmed OFID’s commitment to Palestine through the signing of 10 grant agreements totaling nearly US$16.4 million. The funds will support a range of projects and programs aimed at bolstering the resilience and living standards of the Palestinian people.
Amman, Jordan, 01 April 2018 – The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) signed agreements worth USD 1.16 million to implement projects in support of the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. The new agreements aim at providing a sustainable source of drinking water to schools and university students in the Gaza Strip as well as increasing access to healthcare services for cancer patients in East Jerusalem and the visually impaired in the Gaza Strip.
Vienna, Austria, January 19, 2018.The 162nd Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved over US$368 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.
The public sector loans, which total US$226.1 million, will support the following projects:
Other approvals included five grants totaling US$4.92 million to the following organizations:
December 5, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a grant to the Family Counseling and Development Foundation (FCDF), an NGO provides mental health services to populations in Yemen severely affected by the ongoing conflict.
November 20, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved an emergency assistance grant to support disaster relief operations for earthquake victims in IR Iran. The grant will be channeled through the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).
Vienna, Austria, October 20, 2017. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved an emergency assistance grant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help fund ongoing humanitarian operations in Bangladesh, where an estimated 20,000 Rohingyas per day are seeking refuge after outbreaks of violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar.
Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2017. The 160th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved nearly US$250 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.
August 7, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved two emergency aid grants to help meet the health and food needs of approximately 67,000 people in Syria and Yemen. The funds will support activities being carried by the IFRC – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Syria) and the ICRC - the International Committee of the Red Cross (Yemen). The two grants total US$800,000.
OFID Quarterly examines the wellbeing, safety of children across the world
Vienna, Austria, August 2, 2017. “I like schnitzels, but some food, I don't like,” says 14 year-old Shokria, who is originally from Afghanistan. “I miss some special food from Afghanistan.” Shokria left her home when her father was killed and has been in Vienna for nearly two years. Her story is just one of many perspectives on child refugees examined by the July edition of the OFID Quarterly magazine, which is circulating as of today.
Water: Are we all too wet behind the ears?
March 22 marked World Water Day; a day when we’re all supposed to take action to tackle the water crisis. But how many people even know there’s a crisis to be tackled? Certainly, a good few in the developing world will be aware that there’s something not quite right, since a full 1.8 billion of them still use a contaminated source of drinking water. This puts them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
Vienna, Austria, March 27, 2017. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has awarded The Carter Center a grant of US$800,000 to help support an initiative to eliminate blinding trachoma in Mali and Niger.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, the Center’s CEO; and Dr. Walid Mehalaine, head of OFID’s Grants and Technical Assistance Unit, gathered Friday, March 24, for a signing ceremony at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Dr. Mehalaine represented Mr. Suleiman Al-Herbish, Director-General of OFID.
Vienna, Austria, March 14, 2017. Over 15 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing, totaling nearly US$190m, which was approved at the 158th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The public sector loans, which total US$106m, will support the following projects/programs:
The New Urban Agenda: Seeing the bigger picture
Sustainable urbanization, as defined in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III Summit in October 2016, has been hailed as a positive, transformative force for development. A process that, if properly planned and managed, will usher in a new era of wellbeing, resource efficiency and economic growth for billions of city dwellers.
Asia: Catching the wave of success
As the highest performing region under the Millennium Development Goals, Asia has much to shout about. Among other notable achievements, poverty has been slashed by more than two-thirds, great strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare, and primary school enrolments have surged.
The results are remarkable for a continent that is the largest on earth and home to more than half the world’s population.
Comment: Equal dreams, equal opportunities
The migration of people—across land and sea, among countries and regions—is a centuries’ old phenomenon. But it has never polarized opinion more than it does today.
As the wretched trail of refugees continues across its borders, Europe has become dangerously close to disintegrating. Both governments and citizens are divided. On one side, outrage is fuelled by fear. On the other, humanitarian voices plead for benevolence and understanding.