Posted on January 22, 2014

The Social Development Center, (SDC), announces the end of year achievements for 2012-2013,and continues to celebrate achieving its pledged goals to the Qatari society through a variety of community programs focusing on vocational training, career development and entrepreneurship.

SDC is playing a key role within the comprehensive plan to turn Qatar into a model nation for the Middle East and the world. Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030) is at the heart of SDC’s various social awareness campaigns, social studies and research, career counselling services, and loans and funding initiatives.

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The SDC’s humanitarian projects provided services that reached a total of 22,109 families within the society. The Career Counseling program offered its services to 2509 aspiring professionals seeking to receive guidance and training in finding suitable career opportunities. Similarly, First Step, which is a training program that focuses on the professional development of individuals within the age bracket of 18 to 30 welcomed 232 trainees during 2012-2013.

Under the department handling small and medium enterprises, the SDC offers Qatari individuals the chance to establish their own business through a program called Tanmia, which saw a surge in the number of trainees during 2012-13 counting up to 538.

Additionally, the SDC program “BADR WA INT GADR”, which is dedicated to assisting families across Qatar develop successful enterprises, is currently servicing 300 participating families. Some of these services include training, marketing, administrative support, motivation, encouragement and funding.

Tajmeel Academy is a unique institute which has been established to provide women in Qatar with the opportunity to receive career training in hair styling and beauty on an international level. In 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and Social Development Center to ensure the level of professional qualification in the beauty industry. In addition, the number of students who enrolled during the last year exceeded 700.

SDC’s Rasameel program provides entrepreneurs a capital fund to promote the establishment of new business ideas. In 2013, Rasameel provided loans to a total of 32 ambitious entrepreneurs. Moreover, a number of campaigns and social awareness programs have been initiated by SDC to encourage volunteer work and giving back to the community. ‘Kafu’ and the ‘Volunteer Awards’ are two examples of such successful initiatives.

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In an effort to establish themselves as thought leaders, the SDC department for Social Research and Studies published a book on the role of Corporate Social Responsibility for companies, and how they apply QNV2030. The most recent addition to SDC’s programs is MOJAZ, which offers project investment profiles for potential and existing entrepreneurs in Qatar.

The SDC 8th Annual Gala Dinner was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation. The dinner was organized by ExxonMobil, under the slogan “Live Brazil” referring to the bilateral relations with the country of Brazil. A total of 24 million Qatari Riyals were raised during the dinner.

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