INJAZ Qatar: the path to a knowledge based economy via CSR
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) might mean different things to different companies, but to INJAZ Qatar, our commitment to CSR is all about facilitating and nurturing the talents of the next generation – developing entrepreneurs of the future through the assistance and business experience of our corporate volunteers.
Our belief in the boundless potential of young people and our commitment to connecting knowledge and experience, with enthusiasm and energy is what ‘giving back’ is all about – helping to define our country’s future economic prosperity.
We at INJAZ Qatar envision a generation of Arab youth to use their natural talents, inspiration, passion and determination to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, a generation who empowers their community. We believe that through real world culturally relevant and engaging programs and the power of partnerships/collaborations we can create a pathway to economic prosperity and success.
With Qatar’s direction towards a knowledge based economy, while moving away from an economy based on hydrocarbons, INJAZ Qatar makes sure it articulates investments in the youth who will be the key for stimulating economic growth in the future.
How do we do that? To begin with, it is important to point out that Injaz Qatar is a member of JA WW (Junior Achievement Worldwide) the world’s largest not-for-profit economic education organization that was set up in 1919 and operates across 120 countries globally.
INJAZ Qatar is also part of Injaz Al-Arab, a network of 14 MENA countries working on a common mission to prepare and inspire young Arabs to succeed in a global economy.
Given this privilege, we use our international expertise to service our local market and be in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to achieve a sustainable economic and societal growth.
INJAZ Qatar acts as a bridge that connects corporations and brings them closer to implementing an effective CSR initiative; it does that by asking corporate volunteers to deliver work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs sponsored by companies wishing to enhance their CSR scope of activities and give back to the communities they serve.
Working closely with JA WW and INJAZ Al-Arab, INJAZ Qatar introduces a concept called ‘Glocalization’ where global and local meet and create a bundle of excellence. All of INJAZ Qatar’s programs are delivered with an international vision following the JA WW standards, helping corporate partners, such as universities and schools in Qatar, innovate and become a source of change in the community.
INJAZ Qatar is chaired by Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani and includes on its Board of Directors NBK Holding, ExxonMobil, Ooredoo, HSBC, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Blue Salon, Citi Bank, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar First Bank, Qatar Business Incubation Center, Deloitte and Qatar Finance & Business Academy.
75 corporate partners and over 850 corporate volunteers contribute to INJAZ on a regular basis or for specific projects. Not only does this benefit students through sharing of knowledge, it also builds the career development of volunteers themselves.
INJAZ Qatar has reached more than 19,000 students since its inception in 2007, with 50 schools and seven universities taking part in INJAZ programs.
Throughout the years, INJAZ has created a new generation of entrepreneurs that are actively building a sustainable present, a gift for their nation, and shaping a knowledge-based economy for the future.