Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation and CSR
The state of Qatar has made the strategic decision of the promotion and protection of human rights and considered this approach to be the pillar of comprehensive development policy targeted by Qatar National Vision 2030. A policy that covers important topics related to key issues in the field of human rights such as education, health, labors’ rights, the empowerment of women, and child’s rights. The National Development Strategy (2011-2016) aims at achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser (May Allah bless her), established Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation as a private foundation for public interest. This decision was made due to Her Highness’s desire to promote social protection and human development, build a community with high values and self-esteem, promote family ties, and study social problems in order to provide effective solutions to address them. QFPSR has worked to achieve its objectives in the field of social responsibility through the harmonization of its efforts with the relevant pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. This was done by engaging in the sectoral strategies of the national development strategy in order to avoid the duplication of efforts and achieve its objectives successfully.
The human development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 stressed the importance of protecting the rights of labors and ensuring their safety, as it called for developing efficient work force and physically and psychologically healthy population. The foundation has launched various programmes aiming at protecting its target groups, educating them about their rights and providing care and rehabilitation services for them.
The foundation’s commitment in this area starts from its own staff as it offers a variety of training courses for its employees in order to develop their skills and capacities in various fields. In addition to that, QFPSR gives great importance to promoting the sense of social responsibility among its employees, who work in these humanitarian fields, so that they work out of their own motivation and personal responsibility. QFPSR combats all types of addiction and provides necessary treatment and rehabilitation for victims to become once again productive and healthy individuals, which relates directly to the human development pillar of the national vision.
The social development pillar lies at the heart of QFPSR’s work, as the foundation’s programmes have fundamental goals such as; building a cohesive family, providing effective social protection, empowering women, and protecting children from all forms of abuse. QFPSR is also active in the field of prevention and providing protection for women and children from domestic violence.
The Foundation is working to translate its commitment to social responsibility into concrete projects affecting people’s lives directly. In addition to that, QFPSR encourages private sector companies not to confuse corporate philanthropy with corporate social responsibility (CSR) where the latter covers human development, environmental issues, and sustainability, and is eventually profitable for the companies. Thus, QFPSR is working to target decision makers in companies to encourage them to engage more in CSR, as this is a matter of a strategic interest to them.
The Foundation is also active in the field of media, which is a big motivation for a number of private sector companies to engage as partners with QFPSR or launch their own CSR programs in the areas of social protection and human development. I would like to conclude by inviting private sector companies to provide more support to QFPSR’s target groups, which will result in better prevention, integrated care services, and the rehabilitation and reintegration of these groups.