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All charity work will be e-linked in Dubai.

All philanthropic practices should be better controlled and audited through a pioneering project that electronically connects all charity societies of the emirate.

Donations should only be granted to the poor and needy as per the Emirates ID to better streamline the process and avoid double contribution or even manipulation.

All charity societies in the emirate are operating under the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD).

However, all philanthropic practices should be better controlled and audited through a pioneering project that electronically connects all charity societies of the emirate based on a massive database for contributors and the needy, Nasser Khamis Mubarak, IT manager, IACAD, told Khaleej Times.

Mubarak was speaking on the sidelines of the 2nd Best Philanthropic Practices Forum held on Wednesday on the e-connection project. He said several manipulation cases have been registered due to which some deserving people are deprived of getting the donations.

"The scheme, billed 'Emarat Al Khair' or 'Emirates of Giving' is aimed at making all types of charity work accessible to all people anywhere and at any time via the latest technologies and in line with the Islamic regulations."

The e-connection project is in line with the Smart Government initiative announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in May 2013, he added.

"The project will boost expansion of the UAE charity activities locally and across the world, and will help in extending sufficient assistance to the needy."

Grand Mufti of Dubai Dr Shaikh Ahmed Al Haddad told Khaleej Times that the project has become inevitable to meet the increasing needs of people everywhere. "Therefore, technical, technological, and administrative coordination between donors and beneficiaries has become a must for the interest of all parties involved."

The e-card is really a face-saver that satisfactorily fulfills the needs of the poor in an honorable way, he added.

Mubarak said the unified database that comprises all requisite facts on both donors and the needy is the only way out to avoid manipulation and pointless double contribution.

"The accurate and easy data collected from the Emirates ID cards will help in streamlining charity work better, enhance auditing and give a boost to the administrative decision based on shared information and expertise."

The e-connection, involving the use of modern technologies -- smart phones, tablets, and computing clouds -- will help save money for more humanitarian causes and coordinate all types of charity and humanitarian aids, he added. "Donors get more trust and easily follow up where their donations go and if the recipients deserve them or not."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Apr 30, 2014
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