Empower 2016: Youth Aspirations towards SDGs Implementation

The annual youth conference under “The Reach Out to Asia, ROTA” was held from the 17th -19th of March at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre in Doha, Qatar. 450 young people participated in the conference, 400 youth were locals and the rest 50 were international delegates.

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The theme of the conference was “Innovation in Youth Social Entrepreneurship (Empower 2016)”, which was selected in accordance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the 8th and 9th goals. In this conference, participants were enriched about social entrepreneurship in order to boost youth employment inside Qatar and in the Middle East, as the region currently is heading to alternative economies based on innovation driven methods.

The organizer (ROTA) is an NGO based in Doha, ROTA is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since Qatar Foundation is established on the principle that nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people and it aims to develop that potential internationally through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare. ROTA’s mission is to extend that assistance into Asia, where it’s strategic geographic location gives it a unique opportunity to support its neighboring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. In addition to that, more than 60% of Qatar’s own expatriate community is of Asian origins, giving ROTA added insight and understanding of the needs and cultural norms of the Asian people.

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ROTA equip young people to face future challenges

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The 3 days of the conference included panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, internal youth meetings, and off site activities to some Qatari organizations concerned about entrepreneurship and youth growth.  Moreover, during the first 2 days of the conference several workshops were held with multiple themes in relation to innovations in social entrepreneurship. Workshops were given in both languages (Arabic and English).

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View from the conference during the 1st day

Furthermore, members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) presented a workshop titled “Fostering Social Innovations to Address Climate Change”. AYCM is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations. AYCM is located in 16 countries within the Arabian Peninsula, Levant area and in North Africa.

Environmental activists of AYCM invited participants in this workshop to learn how social entrepreneurship can address climate change and it impact in the Arab world, as well bringing examples for innovative mitigation and adaptation efforts being held in the Arab region. Members of AYCM aimed to discuss the relevance of climate change, particularly in relation to sustainable development, and identify opportunities and technologies related to address climate change through innovative adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Naqaa Sustainability Solutions member and the National Coordinator of AYCM in Saudi Arabia Munira Abdelkader presented workshop about Naqaa’s efforts as social innovation business based in Saudi Arabia.

The outcomes of this workshop were increasing the understanding about climate change and how to build steps towards fighting the effects currently are in ground, also promoting for the need to create innovation driven business which can address climate change.

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Naqaa Member Munira Abdelkader during the workshop

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AYCM members Neeshad VS the Co-Founder and National Coordinator of the Qatari Chapter of AYCM, Ahmed Al Noubani the National Coordinator and Farah Mansour from AYCM in Jordan, and Samah El-Bakri from AYCM Sudan participated in presenting this workshop.

 

 

 

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Social Business Startup Workshop in KAUST

Naqaa co-founders Mouna Eusman and Dr. Sarah Ghaleb designed and delivered a Social Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop for the second year in a row in as part of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) in KAUST in January 2016.

This year, KAUST WEP designed a variety of workshops and class activities for participants to cover critical topics in Entrepreneurship and Social Business such as Innovation, , Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking (ICED).

These subjects are not only vital for entrepreneurs, but also to best prepare the modern graduate to think creatively for innovative methods to solve real world problems more efficiently. Engineering and science graduates need to have a number of ‘soft skills’ to their future careers, whether that is as job creators (entrepreneurs), in corporate roles, or even in securing research funding from government and organizations.

We delivered our Social Enterprise Startup workshop to 75 KAUST affiliates, designed by the Naqaa team, in the perspective of a successful social enterprise in the Kingdom.  Our participants were able to:

  • Identify their passion and social needs in their community
  • Brainstorm 3-4 profitable solutions to community needs
  • Create a sustainable and profitable social business model canvas

As advocates for Social Businesses to be a primary method to tackle our community issues while creating jobs and boosting local economy, we do hope that we continue to inspire others to follow in our footsteps. Through continuous awareness and training of building sustainable social impact in our communities, we can build a solid foundation for a thriving tomorrow.

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موجات الحر…..و الطريق نحو مستقبل نظيف

مؤخرآ تناقلت نشرات الأخبار الجوية تقارير تؤكد حصول أضرار جسيمة كنتيجة لآثار تغير المناخ و التي ظهرت مؤخرأ ملامحها بوضوح. وفاة العشرات في مصر بسبب الإرتفاع الشديد في درجة الحرارة, فيضانات تجلي الآلاف في ميانمار, إنخفاض في الإنتاج السمكي في السعودية, موجات حر قاسية في الصين و روسيا البيضاء و غيرها في مناطق متعددة. و لكن و بعد عدة دعوات من الجهات المختصة و الناشطين القائمين على حملات توعية شاملة حول العالم, تصر الحكومات على عدم إتخاذ حلول من شأنها خفض استحواذ هذه الأثار و بالتالي حد الخسائر الناتجة منها.

فقد أوحت تقارير عدة, و التي صدرت من قبل شركات تأمين عالمية, أن الخسائر الناتجة من الكوارث الطبيعية تجاوزت مليارات الدولارات و ذلك في الستة الأشهر الأولى من هذا العام. فبالطبع من الأفضل استثمار مبالغ ضخمة كهذه في إنشاء وسائل تحويل الموارد الطبيعية إلى طاقات متجددة أو في تطبيق حلول لتنمية مستدامة.

موجة الحر في موسم الحج

و نحن الآن على مقربة من أهم أركان و شعائر الإسلام, حج بيت الله الحرام. حيث يجتمع ما يقارب الثلاثة مليون حاج من شتى أنحاء العالم لتأدية فرائض هذا الركن ما بين مدن مكة, منى, عرفات و مزدلفة. هناك مخاوف من التوقعات بإرتفاع درجة الحرارة لتصل ما يقارب أربعين درجة مئوية, مما سيؤدي إلى حصول حوادث إغماء بين الحجاج.

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و بعيدآ عن موسم الحج, مفاوضات تغير المناخ

بعد مضي اليوم سيكون قد تبقى ثلاثة أشهر و نصف على إنعقاد الدورة الحادية والعشرون لمؤتمر الأطراف في اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة الإطارية بشأن تغيّر المناخ، والدورة الحادية عشرة لاجتماع الأطراف في بروتوكول كيوتو بمدينة باربس بفرنسا. و ستتم في هذه المفاوضات و المتوقع عقدها بين جميع الدول المشاركة بهدف خفض أثار ظاهرة الإحتباس الحراري و حد درجة الحرارة العالمية إلى 2 درجة مئوية, بالإضافة إلى قرارات أخرى منعزم على إتخاذها بهدف تطبيقها محليآ أو عالميآ, على سبيل المثال: تقليل من إنبعاثات الغازات الدفيئة, التأقلم و خفض أثار تغير المناخ و خطط التمويل بالإضافة إلى نقل الكفاءات و الإختراعات التكنولوجية بهدف تحويل إقتصادات الدول منتجة لغاز ثاني أكسيد الكربون إلى إقتصادات معتمدة على الطاقة النظيفة.

تطلعات المملكة لتكون إحدى أكبر مساهمين في الطاقة المتجددة

تطمح المملكة إلى نتائج و أهداف هذه المفاوضات, فعبرت في عدة محافل على تأكيدها في التخفيف من الآثار المساهمة في إنبعاث الغازات الدفيئة و ذلك عبر تطبيق خطط من في مجالات الطاقة المتجددة و كفائتها. فنفذت مؤخرآ مدينة الملك عبدالله للعلوم و التقنية بتصنيع ألواح شمسية بهدف إنتاج طاقة نظيفة مقدارها 100 ميجاواط بحلول العام القادم.

أيضآ تعتزم شركة أرامكو السعودية, إحدى أكبر الشركات العاملة في مجال الغاز و النفط حول العالم, في تنفيذ 10 مشاريع بحلول عام 2016 في مجال الطاقة الشمسية و إنشائها في أكثر مناطق المملكة ذات تكلفة وقود تقليدي عالية. كل هذه الجهود المقامة من قبل المملكة لتحقيق 41 جيجاواط من الطاقة الشمسية بحلول عام 2040.

مهدت المملكة طريقها بخطى ثابتة حول الإكتفاء الذاتي في مجال الطاقة النظيفة في المستقبل, و هذا بحد ذاته يعتبر تحديآ لدولة يعتمد إقتصادها كليآ على النفط. و هو الشئ الغير مستحيل لدول أخرى بتحقيق نمط إقتصادي قائم على الطاقة المتجددة.

By: Munira Abdelkader

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Naqaa Sustainability Solutions at Innovation Exhibition in Mozambique

As part of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank  (IDB),  Naqaa sustainability solutions was honored to be selected as one of the social innovation business from Saudi Arabia to expose at The Innovation Exhibition during the 40th Annual Meeting that took place in Maputo, Mozambique from 7-11 June,2015.

Our co-founder Norah Magraby had the privilege to join the discussions and to talk about Naqaa’s approach in promoting environmental sustainability practices in Saudi Arabia. It was a great initiative from IDB to organize this exhibition that allows different countries from its member countries to learn from each other and to showcase what each is doing for sustainable development. IDB is a multilateral development financing institution located in Jeddah  and it encourages investment in development projects with innovation and sustainable technologies.

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Naqaa at Jeddah Earth Day 2015 – جدة في يوم الأرض

Naqaa joined Alnabta to celebrate Earth Day this year in April 30th  and May 1st   Two days of musical event gathered many of the local players in the field of the environment and sustainability as well as many celebrities  and local artists presented shows to honor and to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

جدة في يوم الأرض

شاركت نقاء الحلول المستدامة  مع جمعية النبته   في حدث فني جماهيري نظمته الجمعية للاحتفال بيوم الأرض العالمي من يوم30 أبريل ليوم 1 مايو، جمع هذا الحدث العديد من الجهات الناشطة في مجال الحفاظ على البيئة والاستدامة وكذلك  تواجد العديد من المشاهير لتقديم عروض فنية هادفة التي تساند نشر رسائل النبتة البيئية للاحتفال بيوم الأرض العالمي.

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Naqaa Social Entrepreneurship 101- KAUST 2015

Co-founders of Naqaa, Dr. Sarah Ghaleb and Mouna Eusman, were invited to take part in the Winter Enrichment Program ( WEP) promoted by the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center to deliver training sessions on social entrepreneurship. This goal of this new program is to offer participants a range of modules led by national and international practitioners to teaching the broad aspects of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship through workshops, skill training, and events that are supplemental to the academic program.  It is also designed to cover not just ‘entrepreneurship’ as a startup idea, but ‘entrepreneurship as a mindset’ by including elements of linked subjects such like the social entrepreneurship concept and design thinking. 2015-01-14_1421237284

Naqaa co-founders delivered  two days of workshops geared towards potential social entrepreneurs in the perspective of a successful social enterprise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

WEP participants in the social entrepreneurship sessions were able to find different ways of problem solving and designing a sustainable and profitable social business model. These subjects are vital for the modern graduate, especially as many are engineers with products/inventions ready to market, as the commercial world is seeking workers who can think beyond their disciplinary area; those who understand innovation models.

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Naqaa Sustainability Solutions the National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2014

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The Energy Globe is today’s most important environmental prize with 165 participating countries and annually more than 1000 project entries. It is given in recognition of outstanding performance in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource conservation worldwide. Being presented this award is a very high recognition, for ENERGY GLOBE is an internationally recognized trade mark for sustainability.

The national Energy Globe Award Saudi Arabia 2014 was awarded to the project “Raising Environmental Awareness and Implementing Eco-friendly Practices” of Naqaa sustainability solutions. Shortly  summarized the project focuses on:  This project supports democratic values and active participation in social and political life through raising environmental awareness and implementing eco-friendly practices.

As part of this year’s World Environment Day the project was also presented by Energy Globe as part of a global online campaign to a wide audience. The campaign ran under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP and received great recognition and a large echo.

„To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future” Mona A Othman, National Energy Globe Winner Saudi Arabia

From now on projects can be again submitted for the Energy Globe Award 2015.
Deadline for project entries: 22nd September 2014. All details on www.energyglobe.info.

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