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09DOHA314 2009-05-12 11:24:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Doha
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1. (SBU) Laurie Kitch, a U.S. expat and former UNFAO official
who is currently Director of Programs for Qatar Charity, told
Econoff Fabrycky May 5 that his organization will handle the
allocation, programming, and monitoring of the USD 40 million
contribution from the Government of Qatar. According to
Kitch, funds will be distributed as follows:

-- USD 10 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund
-- USD 10 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
-- USD 10 million to the World Food Program (WFP)
-- USD 5 million to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)
-- USD 2.75 million to the UN Office of the Coordinator for
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Integrated Regional
Information Network (IRIN)
-- USD 2.25 million to the UN Food and Agricultural
Organization (UNFAO)

2. (SBU) Kitch said Qatar Charity has a payment schedule
established with each organization and most are two-year
projects. The charity just hired a new head of its Gaza
office (NFI) and will second two people to UNRWA. Part of
the agreements signed by Qatar Charity Chairman Ghanim Bin
Saad Al-Saad commit the UN agencies to help build the
capacity of Qatar Charity to manage and deliver program

Background on Qatar Charity


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3. (SBU) Qatar Charity is the most publicly-active charity in
Qatar, and probably the largest. Though it is a conservative
Muslim organization, it is beginning to look at partnerships
with Western charities. It has historically benefited from
close ties to the GOQ (e.g., press reports from at least 2001
on indicate the GOQ directed Qatar Charity to help with
specific humanitarian issues). According to its last annual
report, it spent about USD 48.7 million in 2007 on various
projects. It is currently experiencing organizational
turmoil as a new board (installed in December) tries to
determine how much to focus on domestic social welfare issues
versus international assistance. Qatar Charity has
humanitarian and development activities in 40 countries, and
offices in 12 countries, according to Kitch, ranging from 5
to 20 people in each location. The organization has 17
personnel in Khartoum with a branch in Darfur. Kitch said
Qatar Charity is hoping to expand its humanitarian programs
in Sudan and may work with Mercy Corps in this regard. Qatar
Charity representatives will visit the U.S. in June, in part
to meet with Mercy Corps and discuss future cooperation. The
charity also has a partnership with the Norwegian Refugee
Council, including a staff development program.

4. (SBU) Kitch said the new Qatar Charity Board appears eager
to partner with the GOQ. In particular, they realize Qatar
has the ambition and resources to be a significant
development/humanitarian assistance player. With the GOQ's
currently weak organizational capabilities in this field,
Qatar Charity is trying to position itself as a humanitarian
partner for the government when the GOQ wants to use aid
money to support its political initiatives.