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Aisha Buhari Calls For Paradigm Shift In Humanitarian & Devt Aid To Local Communities

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Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has appealed for a new approach from donor-dictated humanitarian and development aid, to a needs-driven and community-centered model for the benefit of vulnerable populations.

In a statement dated March 16, 2022 by the Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Office of the First Lady Aliyu Abdullahi, Mrs. Buhari made the statement in a keynote address at the 18th Dubai International Humanitarian & Development Aid Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which entered its third day, Wednesday.

The annual event is the world’s leading gathering of policymakers from various countries, UN agencies, and a variety of actors including International Non-governmental Organisations and charities in the humanitarian sector.

Titled ‘SDG 17: A Hand-holding Approach to Partnerships and Sustainable Development: The Nigerian Experience of Aisha Buhari/Future Assured Foundation, the First Lady gave an insight into the huge success of her pet private project, in collaboration with development partners across the world.

She announced the achievement of life-changing milestones in the areas of health, education, women, and youth empowerment for various social groups across Nigeria.

“Leaning on partnerships with governmental agencies, development partners, donors, and other actors, the Aisha Buhari Foundation has, over the years, touched the lives of multitude Nigerians through the provision of healthcare centers, schools, and income-generating activities”, she disclosed.

Mrs. Buhari further noted that the experience of her private-driven Foundation over the past 6 years has significantly contributed to the realization of SDG goals 3, 4, and 5, adding, “this would have been impossible without the support of dependable partners in the peace and security, development and humanitarian clusters”.

“I, therefore, advocate for a paradigm shift from donor-centered development aid, to a truly localized community-centered approach in building capacities for implementing humanitarian and development assistance,” she said.

 “It is pertinent to reflect more than ever before, on the issues of accountability, transparency, and trust in humanitarian aid delivery”, she concluded.

This year’s conference has drawn participants from across the globe, including the Director-General, Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACADI) of the U.A.E, Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, the European Commissioner for Crises Management and Mr. Janez Lenarcic.

Others are the Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr. Jagan Chapagain, and the Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, Dr. Sergio Piazzi.

Others are Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority, and Dr. Manal Mohammed Taryam, the CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation, among several others.

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