Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND)

Programme du Golfe arabe pour les organisations de développement des Nations Unies

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18 Apr 1981. Also known as Arab Gulf Programme. A multilateral aid institution of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


Finance humanitarian aspects of development; support programmes to benefit women and children in developing countries through financial contributions to projects of UN development organizations; participate in projects of other IGOs and international and Arab NGOs, particularly with respect to motherhood and childhood; establish institutions specialized in providing services to women and children; support training and education efforts to help women acquire skills and gain self-reliance; contribute to social, economic, health, nutrition, environmental protection programmes and to emergency relief.

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Contributes up to 25% of external financing for projects prepared and carried out in cooperation with UN agencies; coordinates Arab Gulf assistance offered to UN bodies; provides assistance to a number of non-governmental Arab organizations; launches fund-raising campaigns for specific causes. Total commitments from commencement of operations to end 1996: US$ 188 million to the benefit of 125 countries, of which US$ 166 million has been disbursed. Projects have been in the fields of: basic services to mothers and children; combating disease; human resources development.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 29 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 6 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Welfare
  • Commerce
    • Finance
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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