Continuing its pioneering role in supporting youth, NAMA Center participates in the 2nd edition of the Qatari Youth Forum.

NAMA Center recently had a remarkable participation in the activities of the Qatari Youth Forum in its second edition, where it organised several activities that followed three main orientations. At the NAMA Pavillion, the services provided to youth were presented, along with the outcome of the social entrepreneurs’ development project. The outputs of the project were developed by the social entrepreneurs.

In parallel, the Center’s team, in cooperation with Qatar University’s (QU) Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), supervised the management of several workshops to identify the visions of young people and to discuss the challenges and obstacles facing their progress and participation in community development, as well as their views on ways to develop youth work. Through the forum, NAMA Center also sought engagement with youth, as it considers engaging with them and reaching out to them is one of the most important mechanisms to achieve the Center’s strategic directions for 2017-2020.

Empower the youth

Maryam bint Abdullatif Al Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of NAMA Center, said, “Our participation in the second edition of the Qatari Youth Forum is a reflection of our strategy to empower young people, build their capacities and invest in their potential through the development of initiatives and programmes that contribute to activating their participation in community development and to contribute effectively and dynamically to the realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030. We spare no effort at NAMA Center to provide all that contributes to the development and capacity-building of youth to assume their leading role in shaping a bright future for themselves and their society.”

“We continue to listen to them and nurture their creative ideas, while striving to find practical solutions to their problems. We are also working to open communication channels among youth themselves, to share ideas and experiences, and build on their successes and achievements, including helping them to continue their march towards supplying the nation and society with all that is useful and beneficial.”

Al Mannai thanked the Ministry of Youth and Culture for these constructive efforts and its belief in the importance of partnership for those concerned with working in the field of youth. The Qatari Youth Forum for this year was active and has been very lively and constructive. Many important issues were discussed, the most important of which was to focus on the recommendations of the first Youth Forum, inform the youth of what has been achieved, as well as open doors to participants and allow young people to present their experiences and exchange expertise and knowledge.

Social entrepreneurship

The Center has set up its pavilion to be an interactive platform managed by ‘Sama Nama’ youth themselves, in order to motivate young people to participate in community service, discuss the participation of Sama Nama’s youth, present their community projects and encourage them through dialogue to engage in capacity-building projects at the Center.

The main topics of discussion were social entrepreneurship, how to engage in projects that serve the community and the different types of community service projects, in addition to providing enough space for young people to present their ideas, express their views and their aspirations, or share their creations and innovations, to highlight the role of youth in contributing to the development of the community, towards the realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

On the other hand, the Entrepreneurship Department participated in the various events of the Qatari Youth Forum with a number of projects incubated by NAMA Center. Participants in the “influencers” segment included Al Jazi Al Manaa, Latifa Al Bouainin, Roqaya Issa Al Sada and Fatima Ibrahim Al Ansari. Meanwhile, Salem Khamis Saif Al Alawi, Hind Abdulmalik and Ghanem Al Kuwari participated in the “Wings” segment. As for the “Restaurant” activity, the participants were Mubarak Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Khuloud Rashid Jassem Rashid Al Rumaihi and Aisha Mubarak Marzouq Al Abdullah.

Community development 


NAMA Center recently signed two cooperation agreements with CHSS and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in order to explore the best opportunities and mechanisms to develop the youth programmes offered by the Center, as well as the constant pursuit of implementing the best practices in practical and scientific applications for empowerment and capacity-building programmes.

Within the framework of its continuous communication with youth gatherings, urging them and encouraging them to participate in community development and to integrate in capacity-building projects, the Center organised many workshops in schools and universities and participated in many forums and youth meetings.

The Center’s participation in the 4th International Volunteering Youth Forum for Universities, organised recently by QU under the patronage of HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, was a special attraction for young people from different countries, where they discussed ways and means of promoting voluntary work and community service for the building of the individual and society, in addition to establishing communication channels between students of QU and other universities to share their experiences and visions in the field of voluntary initiatives.

NAMA Center is the first developmental organisation established by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 1996, with the desire to achieve human and social development in the State. The Center aims to provide a stimulating environment that contributes to investing in the potential and creativity of youth, as well as to meet their needs and aspirations as partners in civil work, while exploring the best opportunities and innovating to lead the renaissance of their communities.

Since 2013, NAMA Center has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW). The centre is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Arab Network for NGOs, and the World Family Organization (WFO).