Permanent Committee For Organizing Conferences

Al Fakhoora is an international student solidarity campaign, led by students across Qatar and supported by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Special Envoy to UNESCO for Basic and Higher Education. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the plight of students in Gaza and to appeal to the international community to raise its voice in insisting that education be protected during this crisis.

Arab Democracy Foundation – ADF
The Arab Democracy Foundation was established on May 27, 2007 at the initiative of Arab Democracy advocates who convened in the First and Second Forums on Democracy and Political Reform in the Arab World. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned announced the birth of this foundation and chaired its Board of Trustees. ADF is an independent international Arab civil society organization advocating democracy as a culture, as a way of life, and as the best system for good governance. It provides material and moral support to organizations and activists in this field, by using all possible peaceful means, and by channeling all human and financial resources available at the local, regional and international levels.

Doha center for media freedom – DCMF
The Doha center for media freedom is a non-profit organization working for press freedom and quality journalism in Qatar, the Middle East and the world. Since press freedom and quality journalism are vital for empowering citizens to participate in social and political life and that functioning media are crucial for healthy societies and sustainable economies, Doha Centre for Media Freedom focuses its activities on three domains:
• Direct assistance to journalists and media organizations
• Training and education
• Research, reflection and memory

Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue – DICID
The Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue was established in May 2008 as a result of a recommendation of the Fifth Doha Interfaith Conference that took place on May 2007 in Doha With its annual conference for interfaith dialogue among religions, its research center, its scientific journal and other activities, the centre strives to become a leading model in achieving peaceful coexistence between followers of different faiths and an international reference for interfaith dialogue.

National Human Rights Committee – NHRC
Since the Accession of his Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, there has been an increased emphasis on liberalizing Qatar, in order to facilitate its social, cultural and economic development. The NHRC was established on 11th November 2002, on the basis of Emiri Decree No. 38 of that year. It is bound by the Paris Principles – a set of guidelines set by the United Nations for National Human Rights Organizations. The NHRC is not affiliated to the United Nations or any other International Bodies and it aims mainly to uphold and promote the human rights in the International Treaties which the State of Qatar has acceded to.

Reach Out to Asia – ROTA
The idea for an initiative, which would reach out to the Asian continent to provide those in need with quality education was conceived by Qatar’s Heir Apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in 2005. Reach Out To Asia operates as NGO within the framework of Qatar Foundation – a private non-profit organization foundation. ROTA’s mission is to extend that assistance into Asia – where it’s strategic geographic location gives it a unique opportunity to support its neighboring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. As more than 60% of Qatar’s own expatriate community is of Asian origin, ROTA receives insight and understanding of the needs and cultural norms of the Asian people.

Fanar is Qatar’s Islamic Cultural center striving to help all non-Arabs to be more informed about Islam. It’s wide services and activities include taking care of new converts’ affairs, carrying out research and studies in order to attain the goal of the Charity, holding Arabic language courses for the non-Arabic speakers and organizing cultural and social activities for the propagation of the Islamic way of life. By diffusing Islamic culture through multiple styles and means, Fanar uses the exact metaphor of the lighthouse to act as a beacon of light to humanity, hoping to present culture to feed and nurture the soul.

Silatech was founded in January 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with broad support from other regional and international leader. It aims to address the critical and growing need to create jobs and economic opportunities for young people. The initiative promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, and access to capital and markets for young people, starting first in the Arab world, where the highest rate of youth unemployment exists.

Social and Economic Survey Research Institute – SESRI
It is a recent initiative of Qatar University established at the end of 2008. The mandate of the Institute is to conduct survey research on issues related to the development and welfare of Qatari society, including the social, economic, and cultural areas. The data produced by SESRI will be useful for informing decision making and for guiding policy formulation and planning. Equally importantly, the Institute will build capacity at the national university in survey research methodology by serving as a platform for QU faculty and senior students to conduct their own research.