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Emirates ID card must to get charity by any eligible beneficiary

The decision came into effect after the Emarat Al Khair or Emirates Charity web portal was linked with the Emirates Identity Authority.

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Published: Fri 27 Mar 2015, 11:34 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:35 PM

Dubai — The Emirates ID card has been made mandatory for getting charity by any eligible beneficiary in a bid to better streamline donations and curb manipulation, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The decision came into effect after the Emarat Al Khair or Emirates Charity web portal was linked with the Emirates Identity Authority whereby 20 charity associations and establishments in Dubai are connected under one umbrella.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition 2015 that concluded last week, Ali Khalfan Ahmad Al Mansoori, Director of the Charitable Institutions Department, said they have ID card readers to easily key in and instantly verify beneficiaries’ full and updated record.

“The 20-subsystem project, the first of its kind in the world, employs recent technology to help charitable entities to work more proficiently through automating all interior and finance operations in a way that benefits donators, donation channels, and beneficiaries.

The project, worth over Dh13 million, is aimed at integrating the humanitarian and charitable efforts and programmes of all charity societies and institutions in the country so that the donations collected go to the most needy people, he added.

“The project is meant to put an end to manipulation of charity requests, and give philanthropists an added value as they now know exactly where their money go and if the beneficiaries are eligible.

“It also enables the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Work Department in Dubai to supervise charitable entities, facilitate licensing them, unify their database, and provide them with recent technology and train them in it.”

Al Mansoori said the three-phase project started in October 2013. The second phase started in June 2014, and the third and final in December 2014. “The project saves millions of dirhams for charity societies which do not need to have their own servers, hardware, software, and networks.”

The system has been successfully implemented in the Dubai Charity Association which collects donations from across the UAE and distributes the same locally and abroad.

The web portal is accessible by all charity associations and philanthropists online and via applications on smart phones and tablets, he said. “Any donor can simply check all the charity projects available with each and every association, and view the full details of beneficiaries and benefits available.” What is more important is that all statistics about local and foreign charity projects are saved in the database.

“Knowing that 90 per cent of donations are given for building mosques, the system helps decision makers allocate alms to the right beneficiaries and locations as per the need and respond to emergency situations.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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