In our recent blog post Top Arab Government Facebook Pages: How Does Your Organization Compare? we looked at the leading Facebook pages of several institutions involved in the education and skills formation sector in the GCC. Below we show a breakdown of when these entities started their accounts by quarter. While it is difficult to draw a causal link between the timing of account openings and political events that unfolded as part of the Arab Spring or simply the rise of social media users regionally, the majority of Arab public sector social media accounts were opened in mid-2010 and throughout 2011 with some entities in Bahrain adopting social media as early as 2009.
In 2010, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates established the Giving Pledge to persuade American billionaires to donate at least half their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or after their death. While the initial focus is on the wealthiest families and individuals in the United States, there is consideration to extend the Giving Pledge globally. A total of 81 American billionaires, representing close to 20% of US billionaires, are signatories which amounts to promises estimated at $125 billion.
Many of the signatories amassed their wealth through entrepreneurship that had a transformative impact on the business world. Through their philanthropic activities, they seek a social impact. The underlying goal of the Giving Pledge is to engage American billionaires in an open way to mobilize more money for philanthropic causes which target particular issues of global concern and increase the efficiency of how social investments are deployed.
While there have been some notable philanthropic donations (such as Sheikh Mohammed’s $10 billion endowment of his namesake foundation the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation in 2007) and strategic philanthropy has entered the agenda, no similar initiative to the Giving Pledge exists in the Arab World. The Forbes Middle East’s Arab billionaires ranking includes 36 individuals, a number which is understated since the list does not include members of royal families, with a net worth estimated in the range of $120 billion. Assuming a similar volume of Arab billionaires signed a pledge to donate their wealth to philanthropy, an estimated $24 billion would be mobilized (based on an average Arab billionaire net worth of $3.4 billion). This raises an interesting question – what are Arab billionaires doing to contribute to the development of the Arab World through philanthropy? In this post, we review the Forbes Middle East’s Arab billionaires ranking to see how Arab billionaires based in the region are giving back to the region.
|Forbes Rank 2012||Name||Nationality||Net Worth (in billions)||Background||Causes
|3||Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi||KSA||$12.5||Corral Petroleum Holdings and MIDROC||Heathcare, R&D|
|4||Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber||KSA||$7.0||MBI International & Partners||Higher education, cultural understanding
|6,7,10||Sawaris Family||Egypt||$11.1||Orascom Group ||Employment creation and training, microfinance, health, community development
|8,9||Mikati Family||Lebanon||$6.0||Investcom||Health, nutrition, social, educational, cultural and social services
|11||Miloud Chaabi||Morocco||$2.9||Ynna Holding, Riad Mogador, Aswak Assalam||Health, education, social services, culture, sport, and environmental issues
|12||Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair||UAE||$2.9||Mashreq Bank||Education, microfinance, sports, youth
|13,22,33,34||Hariri Family||Lebanon||$6.8|| Saudi Oger||Education, health, training, social services, culture
|15||Othman Benjelloun||Morocco||$2.3|| RMA Watanya, BMCE Bank||Early education quality, rural education
|21,24,29||Mansour Family||Egypt||$4.8||Mansour Group ||Education, illiteracy, poverty, microfinance, health
Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi
Al Amoudi has funded several research centers and academic chairs and pledged $20 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat AIDS.
Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber
The MBI Al Jaber Foundation is a UK registered charity that provides scholarships to graduate students from the Arab region and sponsors educational and cultural projects.
The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is an Egyptian charity organization established in 2001 that supports initiatives that encourage job creation through training, education, and access to microcredit.
The Azm wa Saade Association is a Lebanese non-governmental organization founded in 1988 that focuses on issue related to health, nutrition, education, culture, and social services.
Chaabi donated 10% of his fortune to build the first American university in Morocco. The Miloud Chaabi Foundation supports activities in in the areas of health, education, social services, culture, sport, and environmental issues.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Al Ghurair sits on the Board of Directors of Emirates Foundation, UAE Higher Colleges of Technology. He is also a supporter of UNICEF, UNESCO, Planet Finance, and the UAE Disabled Sports Federation.
The late Rafic Hariri established the Hariri Foundation in 1979, which has helped over 34,000 Lebanese students, attend universities globally. The Foundation also operates schools, clinics, a university, and technical institutes, provides health and social services.
Benjelloun’s BMCE Bank Foundation works in the field of education focusing on quality and rural accessibility.
The Mansour Family is linked with two social sector organizations: Established in 2003, Lead is a non-profit NGO that provides poor and low-income entrepreneurs with microfinance services. The Mansour Charity Foundation, founded in 2001, was the first donor NGO to be fully funded by an Egyptian family.
As part of a regional study on Learning Management Systems use at Arab universities, we are conducting a survey. The purpose of this research is to provide an understanding of whether current systems meet the needs of Arab institutions and areas for further regionalizing systems.
If you are a professor or administrator at an Arab higher education institution, we would be honored if you would participate. The survey is available in English and Arabic:
We recently completed a major award design engagement for an international organization which required us to look at regional award programs. We have designed several award programs in the Arab World that reinforce and incent key socio-economic behaviors for governments, social sector organizations, and the private sector. Here are a few examples:
Establishing a Regional Arab Management Excellence Award: By recognizing exceptional management performance, an award would develop a critical mass of trained and experienced managers to guide the region’s development.
Promoting Youth Reading in the Arab World: Across the region, youth reading habits are poor. We developed a program to motivate children in grades K-6 to read by rewarding reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and tangible awards.
Increasing Female Labor Market Participation With Scholarships: In several countries in the Arab World, women face significant obstacles to obtaining higher education and entering the workforce. We developed an e-Scholarships for Women Initiative to mitigate access, equality, and labor participation challenges through online education.
In the process, we have developed a good idea of award programs in the Arab World which we wanted to share with our readers.
Tahseen Consulting Arab World Awards Program Directory
|Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature||The award is intended to contribute to enhancing the literature written for children in order to achieve ongoing innovation and improvement, promote interest in reading, and take part in supporting the march of Arab children|
|Abdul Hameed Shoman Award For Teachers Of Science||The award was established in 1982 and is open to all science teachers in Jordans schools, within the scientific subjects they teach at the elementary and secondary school levels. The encouragement award is given once every two years to winning teachers who develop or invent scientific experiments that depend on plans of projects introduced by them and approved by the scientific committee for the award, which is comprised of distinguished professors and experts. Experiments should be based on schools science curriculum, can be prepared at minimum costs, and can be conducted before students so that they may benefit from direct observation, and by which they will be aided in understanding concepts and in developing their scientific skills. A limited number of these plans is selected to receive financial support for conducting the experiments that are based on them, then the winners are selected by the decision of the judging committee with the approval of the scientific committee for the award.|
|Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers||The Foundation announces every year six scientific fields in which awards are given from among the following: physics; geology; chemistry; medical sciences; mathematics; information technology; biological and environmental sciences; agricultural sciences; humanities (to include: history and geography, languages and literature, and antiquities and philosophy); economics, banking, and financial and management sciences; legal sciences and Islamic jurisprudence; education and psychology; social sciences (to include: sociology, political sciences and anthropology); and engineering sciences *.|
|Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance||The Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance is the most visible aspect of the programme and will provide a major platform in supporting the Vision for Abu Dhabi. The Award promotes: Understanding of the requirements for excellence in government and competitiveness for improvement throughout the government service, sharing of information and knowledge of successful improvement strategies.|
|Abu Dhabi Awards||The Abu Dhabi Awards honour citizens and residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi who have contributed in building a greater sense of community and social welfare within the Emirate.|
|Abu Dhabi Industry Awards||the Abu Dhabi Industry Awards aim to promote national students to pursue professional programs which are vital for local industry.|
|AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Development Projects||In order to consolidate the noble principles and values of AGFUND, derived from the teaching of Islam and the authentic Arab civilization, based on the firm commitment to endeavor to relief the pain and suffering of the human being,|
|Al-Reyada (Pioneer) Competition||The objective of this competition is to improve environmental awareness and motivate people to interact and understand Kuwait environment. The competition is held in two categories - Photographic pictures or Video (VHS/CD-DVD). The material submitted should be related to wildlife in different environmental elements like plants, insects, reptiles, mammals, fish, seashells, and rocks.|
|Arab Journalism Award||Inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision, Dubai Press Club launched the Arab Journalism Award to recognise and encourage journalistic excellence in Arabic media.|
|Best Research Prize||In line with its objectives to support innovative research in all fields of knowledge and encourage researchers to publish their work in refereed scientific periodicals published in Kuwait, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) awards a prize to the best paper in each of the fields of sciences and humanities. Prizes are also awarded to periodicals in which the writing papers are published. By these prizes, KFAS supports specialized Kuwaiti periodicals.|
|Cityscape Awards for Real Estate in the Middle East||The remarkable development made by the Middle East & North Africas real estate sector will again be on full display at the Cityscape Awards for Real Estate in the Middle East marked with an Awards gala dinner that will be attended by industry leaders on April 18, 2010. The gala event, traditionally staged on the first evening of Cityscape Abu Dhabi, will again attract local and international guests eager to see who will be selected as the best of the best in the region.|
|Dubai International Award for Best Practices||The DIABP was established under the directives of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the United Nations International Conference that convened in Dubai between 19 22 November, 1995 with 914 participants from 95 countries, to recognize the best practices with positive impact on improving the living environment. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and the Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has continued to support this Award. The Award reflects the policy and commitment of Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards sustainable development of the human settlements and protection of the environment on the basis of mutual international cooperation.|
|Dubai Lynx||The Dubai International Advertising Festival, incorporating the Dubai Lynx Awards, the Middle East and North Africa advertising awards for creative excellence.|
|Dubai Quality Award||The Dubai Quality Award is based on the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). The latter has been successfully applied in private and public sector organisations since 1992. This model provides a holistic framework for organisational excellence. All nine criterion parts work as one complete system, such that any deficiency in one area will affect the score in other areas. The model does not deny that the system has parts, but it focuses on the whole, where the whole is larger than the sum of its parts. The model was designed to be non-prescriptive, in order to acknowledge the fact that there may be more than one approach for achieving excellence|
|Dubai Service Excellence Scheme||As part of an on-going effort to raise the customer service standard in Dubai, the Department of Economic Development has initiated the establishment of the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES). The DSES is designed to gain customers.confidence and to make the experience of buying in Dubai a pleasurable one. This scheme binds all participating businesses to a common code of business ethics and core criteria for customer service excellence.|
|Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize||The Kuwaiti authorities have proposed to creation of a prize entitled The Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaberthe Director-General the al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally Disabled to reward the activities of individuals, groups, organizations or specialized centers in fields relating to special needs education for the Mentally disabled.|
|Emirates Energy Awards||The Emirates Energy Award, organized by Dubai Quality Group, aims to cover, work and implement preservation and efficiency in the use of energy in all areas.|
|Emirates Women Award||Emirates Business Women Award was launched under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum in the year 2003. The award dedicates itself to encouraging the country's women (UAE Nationals & Residents) to play their part in corporate affairs, and to recognize and appreciate the ladies who have been successful in their respective careers/businesses.|
|Facilities Management Middle East Awards||aims to help raise the profile of the industry and recognise and reward those who have made significant contributions to its development.|
|GCC HR Excellence Awards||Naseba initiative to recognize organizations and individuals who have contributed to the successful development of HR role in the region|
|Grand Hamdan International Award||The Grand Hamdan International Award is unique in that it not only awards quality but also dedication to the alleviation of the sufferings of humanity through research and exemplary service. The major deciding factor will be a research breakthrough in the subject selected for the award, having the potential to have a major impact on healthcare delivery. These could be through the invention of novel surgical equipment or technique, the discovery of a new mode of therapy or new drugs that lead to a decrease in mortality and /or morbidity related to a particular surgical procedure or disease.|
|Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Performance||In March 1998 ,His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Dubai Deputy Ruler and the UAE Minister of Finance & Industry , issued a decree to specify a prize entitled (Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance ) to undertake the task of upgrading the educational performance in all its stages and sectors that are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education .|
|Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence||Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence is an award given to 3 different individuals each in a selected field of medicine. These individuals are honoured for the innovative methods and research that resulted in novel discoveries and inventions, which have made an enormous impact in their fields. This award has been established to honour and recognise the contributions of distinguished researchers whose works have positively affected thousands of lives globally.|
|Hamdan Award for the Best Medical College/Institute or Centre in the Arab World||This award is for a prominent institution in Arab countries. The objective is to provide an incentive for the development of excellence in research and education in Arab countries to enable them to conform with international standards and compete effectively with other international institutions.|
|Hamdan Award to Support Medical Research In the UAE||Research puts the very latest discoveries in the life sciences and the award supports to those who need the funding to carry on the research. The foundation has honoured and awarded to more than 50 researching scientists to support their projects since 2000 till date. To encourage development of the distinctive medical research in UAE, this grant has been introduced with a total sum of AED Two million (AED 2,000,000).|
|Honorary Prize for Creativity in the Field of Poetry||Its value is estimated at $50,000 (U.S. Fifty thousand.) It is awarded to an Arab Poet who, through his poetic creativity, did enrich Arabic poetry movement by his/her distinguished poetic contributions. It is an honorary award which is not subject to arbitration but rather to a special process set forth and executed by the chairman of the Board of Ttrustees|
|Ikra (Read) Competition||The objective of this competition is to encourage young high school students in building their reading skills and improving their scientific criticism. The student should review, examine, or criticize a book in one of the following subjects: Science and Technology, Social Studies and Arts and Humanities|
|International Prize for Arabic Fiction||The International Prize for Arabic Fiction was officially launched in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in April 2007. It is the result of a collaborative effort by the Booker Prize Foundation, the Emirates Foundation and the Weidenfeld Institute for Strategic Dialogue, whose aim was to develop a dedicated prize for Arabic fiction. A steering committee of Arab literary experts, publishers and journalists was established to advise on the set-up of the Prize and its independent Board of Trustees, whose members have been drawn from across the Arab and Anglophone worlds, and are responsible for the overall management of the prize. The Emirates Foundation pledged its financial and substantive support for the initiative.The Prize is specifically for the novel literary genre, and it awards $10,000 to each of the six shortlisted authors, with an additional $50,000 to the winner|
|Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prizes for Science and Technology||The Bank established the IDB Prizes for Science and Technology in 1422H (2001G). These prizes underscore the commitment to mustering the application of relevant contemporary scientific advancement for the socio-economic welfare of Member Countries by rewarding excellence among the academic and research institutions.|
|Khalifa Award for Education||Khalifa Award for Education was established to reward the efforts of all who excel in the educational field, to celebrate their efforts and creativity, and to recognize their work in research, projects and programs everywhere.|
|King Abdullah II Award for Physical Education||The King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness project was established in 2005 with the support of King Abdullah and Queen Rania. The award is a school-based national initiative, which targets youth who make up one-third of the Jordanian population.|
|King Faisal International Prize in Medicine||King Faisal Foundation believes that it is through the collective efforts of outstanding individuals that the highest aspirations are realized. The annual presentation of King Faisal International Prize enables the Foundation to reward dedicated men and women whose contributions make a positive difference: those who exceptionally serve Islam and Muslims, and the scientists and scholars whose research results in significant advances in specific areas that benefit humanity. This incentive also encourages expanded research that may lead to important medical and scientific breakthroughs.|
|Kuwait Annual e-Award||The international award is set to encourage electronic productivity that is based on scientific components, and enriching local electronic content, which will reinforce the Kuwaiti contribution in the technology field|
|Kuwait Book Fair Prize||The National Council of Culture, Arts and Literature holds an annual Kuwait Book Fair during the month of November. The Fair is intended to promote interaction among readers, writers, translators, publishers and to encourage the trading and marketing of authored and translated books.|
|Kuwait Prize||In fulfillment of the objectives of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in supporting scientific research and encouraging scholars and researchers in Kuwait and all other Arab countries, KFAS awards prizes in the fields of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Economic and Social Studies and the Arabic and Islamic Scientific Heritage.|
|MENA Travel Awards||The MENA Travel Awards celebrate the skills, creativity, ingenuity and triumph of the regions growing travel industry|
|Middle East Excellence Awards||The Middle East Excellence Awards Institute was created as a platform to recognize achievements of professionals and organizations from the region. It has instituted excellence awards programs in industry sectors such as ICT, Finance, Banking, Transport and Governance, among many others. In addition, special programs honor individual contributions of women, CEOs and professionals in various fields|
|Middle East Retailer Award||For the Retailer of the Year Award covering ten separate countries, five finalists will be determined in each market using continuous data supplied by vendors during the past year form the MERA Monthly Monitor Report (MMR).|
|Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award||The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award (MRM Business Award) recognises and rewards firms that contribute to the UAE's economic development.|
|Mohammed bin Rashid Awards for Young Business Leaders||Launched in 2002 by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Awards for Young Business Leaders recognise exceptional entrepreneurs in the UAE.|
|Muhr Arab Awards||The Muhr Arab competition, open to directors of Arab nationality or origin, drew around 437 entries including documentaries, feature films and shorts from the Gulf, Levant and Maghreb nations as well as Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.|
|Prince of Poets Contest||The Prince of Poets Festival is aimed at promoting and enhancing classical Arabic poetry, reviving the positive role of Arabic poetry as a medium of expression, and discovering young talent and giving them the chance to develop and grow.|
|Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water||The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) is a Saudi Arabian scientific prize, established on 21 October 2002 by Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Prize has its headquarters at the Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert (PSRCEWD) at King Saud University.|
|Prize for Creativity in Poetry Criticism||Its value is estimated at $40,000 (U.S. Forty thousand). It is awarded to a poetry critic or researcher who exerted distinctive efforts in analysing and explaining poetic texts, or studied a poetic or phemomenon in light of an objective approach. Such a study should be creative, innovative and of highly artistic value that represents a real addition to the critical studies in the field of poetry.|
|Prize for the Best Book of Verse||Its value is estimated at $20,000 (U.S. Twenty thousand). It is awarded to the author of the best book of verse published within the time span of five years ending on 31 of October in the year preceding handing over the prize.|
|Prize for the Best Poem||Its value is estimated at $10,000 (U.S. Ten thousand). It is awarded for the best poem published for the first time in a literary magazine, newspaper, books of verse or in an independent book within two years ending on the 31st of October in the year preceding handing over the prize.|
|Promax Arabia||Promax Arabia celebrates outstanding achievements of television production in the fields of promotion, marketing and design, which are aired or distributed in the Arab region|
|Queen Rania Award for Distinguished Teacher||In recognition of the importance of education in building a productive and intellectual society, and within belief in the role of educators in rooting the principles of excellence and communication and influencing young generations, The Association of Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education was established in 2005 as a royal initiative with the vision of creating an educational environment that fosters excellence, creativity and knowledge creation, and a clear mission to reward and honor distinguished and innovative educators and to disseminate their success stories.|
|Scientific Production Prize||The Prize was established in response to an initiative of His Highness The Amir of the State of Kuwait to honor distinguished Kuwaitis holding a doctorate degree in various fields of knowledge. The Prize is intended to encourage the elite of the Kuwaiti scientific community to further pursue research for the benefit of the society. The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences offers the Scientific Production Prize in each of the following six areas in accordance with the requirements approved by its Board of Directors:|
|Sheikh Manal Young Artist Award||This competition is under the patronage of Her Highess Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and will be organized by DLC Art & Talent Centre. This is an annual competition, with prize money, and offers unique opportunities for young emerging artists to advance their careers and to gain local and international recognition.|
|Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards||The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards honour individuals, businesses and government entities that have donated financial and in-kind contributions towards the arts in Dubai, with sustained support and promotion of artistic activity.|
|Sheikh Zayed Book Award||An international awards program to recognize writers, translators, novelists and publishers who contribute to promoting the Arabic Culture.|
|State of Kuwait Prize for Research in Health Promotion||The State of Kuwait Prize for Research in Health Promotion was established in 2004, and is awarded to one or more persons, institutions or nongovernmental organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to research in health promotion. The prize, consisting of a certificate of award, a plaque from the Founder and a sum of money which will not exceed US$40 000, is awarded at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.
|The GCC Prize||The Award is given by the GCC General Secretariat to individuals and institutions that demonstrate their pioneering efforts to comply with environmental standards, aims at encouraging and promoting proper and sound environmental skills and motivating environmental awareness. The award is given once every two years|
|UAE Appreciation Award for Science, Arts and Literature||objective of the Award is to stimulate the intellectual, cultural and creative people in the UAE, to highlight and honour them and motivate the younger generations to improve knowledge of science, and to promote culture and creativity, intellectuals and creators, scientists and science from the UAE. the award the amount of Dh1 million was allocated, where Dh200, 000 is to be awarded to the winners in each section, in addition to a gold medal which bears details of the winning and a certificate of appreciation.|
|UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize||The purpose of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education is to reward projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for excellent models, best practice, and creative use of information and communication technologies to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance. The Prize, created in 2005 following a donation made by the Kingdom of Bahrain, shall consist of a sum of US$50,000 (a cheque and a diploma), to be equally divided between two prize winners, and shall be awarded every year, on an initial basis for three biennia.
|WISE Awards||Recognizing and celebrating outstanding practice and achievements within the themes of Pluralism, Sustainability and Innovation in education|
|Zayed Future Energy Prize||The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of His Highness, the late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. We invite you to be a part of this vision and our commitment to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment.|
|Zayed International Prize for the Environment||The Zayed International Prize for the Environment was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1999 in recognition of the environmental achievements of the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan.|
Tahseen Consulting formed a partnership with the World Bank, United Nations, and International Labor Organization Youth Employment Network (YEN) to contribute its research and insights to a new online community to address the global youth employment challenge. The Youth Employment Network Marketplace (www.yenmarketplace.org) is a community where youth employment stakeholders can find or exchange ideas, resources, and partnership.
Tahseen Consulting will contribute to the process of exchange and dialogue through its award winning insights on the Arab World which have been recognized by UNESCO, the European Investment Bank, the Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training, the Gates Foundation, and other prominent think tanks globally and in the Arab World. The partnership will advance the World Bank, United Nations, and International Labor Organization mission to build a community that supports innovation by convening governments, workers, private sector, civil society, academics, and development professionals to reduce unemployment and underemployment among youth.
The term “knowledge-based industries” is subject to interpretation often referring to industries which require high levels of technology and human capital. However, disaggregated employment and R&D data for the service and manufacturing sectors for Arab countries is scarce and lacking in industry detail. Classification is further complicated by the lack of reliable R&D data and low levels of private sector R&D spending in the Arab region. There are methodologies to classify manufacturing industries by technological intensity (measurement of direct and indirect, or embodied, R&D expenditure relative to output), but determining the knowledge intensity of the services sector is complicated since service sectors have low levels of R&D requiring an analysis of the skill composition of particular industries and occupations.
A more precise analysis might break down the service and manufacturing sectors according to their knowledge intensity. The OECD approach to identifying knowledge based services, includes, for example, the following ISIC classifications: Post and telecommunications (64), Finance and insurance (65-67) and Business activities (71-74). The OECD approach to defining knowledge-based industries also includes high and medium-high technology manufacturers in the following ISIC classifications: Chemicals and chemical products (24), Manufacture of machinery and equipment (29), Electrical and optical equipment (30-33) and Transport equipment (34-35) – determined by analysis of industry R&D intensity (R&D expenditure relative to output).
However, the lack of regional data necessitates a broad view of knowledge-based industries which requires looking at aggregated sectoral categories as a whole for cross country comparability. A typical approach is to focus on service based industries which correspond to International Standard Industrial Classifications (ISIC) 50-99 revision 3 including value added in wholesale and retail trade (including hotels and restaurants), transport, and government, financial, professional, and personal services such as education, health care, and real estate services. This is not an ideal approach, but, in the absence of detailed statistics, a necessary compromise.