Capacity Development of Princess Al Anood Center for Youth Development (Warif)

What is the project about

WarifWarif’s institutional capacity developed to deliver the organization’s mandate on volunteerism with particular emphasis on youth volunteerism (photo: Courtesy of Warif)

 

Princess Al Anood Center for Youth Development (Warif), which was established under Princess Al Anood Foundation, has the mandate of empowering the youth to fully participate in development of their communities through volunteerism, which is deeply rooted in the national and traditional norms. Warif has sought UNDP's support to provide assistance in building its individual and institutional capacities as well identifying new youth volunteerism niches.

The strategy of the project is to build on institutional strengths of Warif, as a national NGO with a mandate to promote volunteerism among the youth and thereby boost socially inclusive development, and UNDP with a diversified portfolio of worldwide experiences in developing national capacities, particularly to create sustainable and efficient institutions and in delivering the national development priorities. In this respect, UNDP has also the capability to mobilize technical and substantive assistance from the UN System (namely, UNV) to ensure that the results of Warif’s work are in line with the best international practices.

Project outcomes

 
UNDP, through its various Human Development Reports, has promoted the concept of human development; it goes beyond basic needs to call for expanding people's freedoms and choices and increasing their capabilities to lead lives that they value.
 
The project represents a unique partnership between an NGO (Warif) and UNDP with the objective of increasing youth participation in the national development processes. The project is envisaged to compliment recent public-sector efforts, which are mainly UNDP-supported, to strategically approach issues of youth participation in development. The project embraces three key outputs:
 
  • Warif’s institutional capacity developed to deliver the organization’s mandate on volunteerism with particular emphasis on youth volunteerism.
  • Volunteerism niches explored, identified and verified in a national forum to reach a wide-ranging consensus.
  • Outreach prototype programme developed.

What have we accomplished so far?



Warif has sought UNDP's support to provide assistance in building its individual and institutional capacities as well identifying new youth volunteerism niches. Warif, which was newly established under Princess Al Anood Foundation, has the mandate of empowering the youth to fully participate in development of their communities through volunteerism.

Major achievements

Warif strategy was developed to reflect its mandate and identify priorities. A comprehensive assessment of institutional and individual capacities of Warif is ongoing.

The potential for future cooperation

The future phase of the project can include continuous capacity development for Warif, in addition to increasing their exposure internationally. UNDP can also assist Warif in implementing its youth volunteerism projects in the years to come.

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