A leading Muslim charity has called on aid organisations to involve local populations to improve the impact of aid projects.
Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmed, founder and chairman of Al-Khair Foundation, told an international conference that local people had to be involved in decisions so that the benefits of charitable support are stronger.
He told the annual AidEx conference and exhibition, in Brussels, that the refugees were directly involved in the implementation of Al-Khair projects in Greece and Kenya.
Imam Qasim added that NGOs should ‘continue to vigorously explore opportunities to collaborate with more local partners and bodies to ensure they don’t miss opportunities’.
AidEx is a leading platform for the international aid and development community to come together and improve the efficiency of aid. Imam Qasim was one of four panelists – the others included Lisa Henry from DanChurch Aid, Naomi Tulay-Solanke from Community Healthcare Initiative and Dr. Kamel Mohanna from Amel Association International.
The two-day conference, sponsored by Al-Khair, brought together NGOs and private companies from all over the world to discuss current developments and trends in the sector, as well as discover new products available in the market to enhance the work of NGOs in the humanitarian sector.
Al-Khair Foundation, which has its HQ in Croydon and offices across the country, has been committed to global charity since it was founded in 2003. It runs charitable projects in the UK and around the world tackling hunger, poverty and providing disaster relief.