In 23 June 2017, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Humanitarian Accelerators, in collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative (MBRGI) and Dubai Future Accelerators.
This initiative aims to accelerate the process of giving, attract skilled professionals to the humanitarian sector and improve the financial efficiency of humanitarian organisations using new technologies that achieve tangible results in serving humanity.
The Humanitarian Accelerators will address four key challenges facing the region:
- Humanitarian Accelerators will work on providing access to quality education to all children, including refugees through providing e-learning tools and innovative mechanisms, such as accessible websites that enable young students to access interactive educational platforms regardless of their location.
- Having in mind that approximately 780 million people are without access to a clean source of water and millions die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water, the Humanitarian Accelerators will look for solutions to create cost-effective technology that can purify water efficiently, quickly and in large quantities and delivered to the most affected communities.
- Considering that the rising number of refugees living in poverty, the Humanitarian Accelerators will focus on finding electronic solutions and developing a platform for e-business in order to give refugees a platform to leverage their skills, capabilities and services online, thus providing them with tangible economic opportunities.
- Given the below-average Arabic online content, the Humanitarian Accelerators will devise electronic solutions to increase the amount and quality of Arabic content online.