The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) was established in 2002 and recently reactivated to better coordinate and monitor the contributions made by the Qatari government in priority countries and sectors. To the QFFD, effective coordination is predicated on strong and timely research, which can ensure that contributions support work in priority countries that is relevant and impact focused.
The strategy of QFFD is focused on two elements, to align with global development objective outlines in the Sustainable Development Goals, in health, education and economic development sectors and to provide humanitarian aid and relief funding.
On Wednesday 28th August, 2019, the team made a courtesy call to the Ministry of Youth Affairs where they engaged the Hon. Ministers, the Commissioner of the National Youth Commission and the top management in the youth ministry and Commission.
In this meeting, the QFFD team highlighted the reasons of their visit to Sierra Leone and noted that they will be engaging other MDAs but the youth sector they emphasized was of importance. the The team introduced the QFFD team, its mission and partners to , “learn about and understand the priorities and programs in the Youth sector, partnership and future cooperation opportunities.” They will also identify potential alignment areas, needs and gaps and the challenges facing the youth sector in Sierra Leone.
The Hon. Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Bangura welcomed the team on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone and the entire young people of the country. He explained to the team progress made so far by the Ministry and the entire youth sector since he has been in charge. He rolled out the projects, the strength and challenges and called on the Qatar team to see possibility for immediate quick fix in the areas he highlighted.
In his words, Hon. Lusine Kallon , the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs clearly called on the Qatar team to make quick intervention in providing skills for the middle level manpower which he said are young people. “In a recent study tour from the UN Assessment on Youth at Risks has shown that this sector is a desirable area for an urgent response.” He emphasized on the importance of Agriculture in providing jobs for the young people.
Commissioner of the National Youth Commission(NAYCOM)Thomas Ngolo Katta explained to the QFFD team the work of the Commission and encouraged the team to help in the areas of Technical and Vocational Skills Training, Youth Entrepreneur and Agrobusinesses.
The engagement was climaxed with questions and suggestions by QFFD team which included volunteerism and synergy building.
The team promised a ray of hope and their urgent response in all the areas the Youth Ministers and Commissioner have mentioned.