KFAS sponsors a constellation of practitioners of nonprofit youth groups active in innovation and entrepreneurship. The activity embodies KFAS’s commitment to its mission of building local capacity and stimulating the enabling environment for the transition to a knowledge-based economy, which is essentially based on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.
The Foundation explores the common ground between its objectives and the goals of the NGOs through dialogue and idea generation about best return activities that may ensure maximum effectiveness and a high level of efficiency. Mr. Qutaiba Al-Rubai, Manager of ‘knowledge Management’ program at KFAS, said that the constellation of practitioners and young volunteers of the NGOs in Kuwait is one of the main groups KFAS plans to sponsor in accordance with its new strategy, which includes a cluster of practitioners of urban policies, public health sector development, education development, energy and other research or professional NGOs, or NGOs involved in policy development of their respective fields.
The Foundation sponsored such constellation of NGOs to avail their members the venue to share experiences, coordinate their work, and cooperate to maximize the advantage of the funding opportunities available for their joint programs, thus serving in creating an enabling environment for the transition to a knowledge-based economy.
Mr. Al-Rubai added that the sponsorship of the youth NGOs comes as one example of its support of nonprofit organizations and NGOs and reflects its interest in building national capacity in this field through ‘stimulating public participation in science and technology’ program in the Scientific Culture Directorate at KFAS.
Engineer Manar Al-Rashed – Manager of ‘stimulating public participation in science and technology’ program stated that this activity will guide KFAS’ selection of the most suitable programs for funding, on behalf of the NGOs in Kuwait, to ensure maximum effectiveness and that the needs of this sector are well served and addressed.
As a first step towards such cooperation, the Foundation held its first meeting in early March to bring together practitioners of youth innovation group to discuss the Foundation’s planned program to be held in collaboration with the Sciences Po in Paris, between 24 – 28 April 2017, entitled: "Kuwait NGOs Leaders Young Program". This program allows young people between the ages of 18-30 active in volunteer or nonprofit work, a chance to learn of best practices in the institutional nonprofit work.
Engineer Yousef Al-Mazidi, Director of the Office of International Programs at KFAS, said “this program is the first of its kind in Kuwait and cooperation with active Kuwaiti youth groups is the best way to reach young people and explore their needs. By doing so, the Foundation is able to harness its expertise and resources to meet such needs."
It is notable to allude to the fact that Kuwait-Sciences Po Program, which KFAS funds in Paris, creates research and multiple training and scientific opportunities for Kuwaiti participants, which already benefitted a large number of executives and researchers over the past ten years.
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