Qatar Fund for Development signs contribution to UNICEF core resources

DOHA, March 26, 2022 – The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) today announced an $8 million contribution to UNICEF, as part of an agreement signed by Director-General HE Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari and the Executive Director of the UNICEF Catherine Russell, on the sidelines of the Doha Forum.

The contribution will go to UNICEF’s core funding for 2022-2023 and will not be earmarked for specific programs, allowing UNICEF to direct them to where the need is greatest. This achieves the most significant long-term impact for children and quickly closes life-threatening gaps in emergency situations.

HE Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of QFFD, said: “The strategic partnership between QFFD and UNICEF is considered one of the most important partnerships to change the lives of millions of children, especially in the countries most in need of fundamental support. These agreements confirm QFFD’s commitment to supporting the health and well-being of at-risk children around the world.

“Through flexible funding, UNICEF can allocate resources where they are most needed,” said Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director. “I commend Qatar for believing in the importance of predictable funding and helping us ensure that no child in need is left behind.”

QFFD’s contribution to core funding is an important step in advancing its long-standing partnership with UNICEF and complements generous support for children in emergencies. Since 2017, QFFD’s contributions have been vital to UNICEF’s response to various diseases, including the cholera outbreak in Yemen. Additionally, in 2018, UNICEF partnered with QFFD to rehabilitate water and sanitation infrastructure in Yemen and Iraq. Previously, in 2019, QFFD signed a core contribution to support UNICEF resources and help save the lives of children and their families.

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Juliette Touma
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UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
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UNICEF MENA
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