• Mohamed Al Balooshi: The award is an important step to strengthen the third sector to continue its growth and enable it to advance the comprehensive social and economic development in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi (DCD) the regulator of the social sector has launched the Third Sector Awards. The third sector plays a vital role in accelerating sustainable development in the emirate by integrating the work done across all relevant sectors, and implementing initiatives and programmes. The Third Sector Awards aim to celebrate the efforts and contributions of third sector entities (Not-For-Profit and Social Enterprises), volunteering teams and CSR contributors in Abu Dhabi.

The awards seek to motivate third sector entities to support Abu Dhabi’s agenda to enhance the quality of life for community members and enable the third sector to play its role in community support through diverse skills, experiences, and resources, thereby creating social impact, improving services, and overall quality of life.

The Third Sector Awards includes four domains: Non-Profit Entities, Social Enterprises, Volunteering, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Non-Profit domain includes two categories: the Not For Profit Entity of the Year 2024 and the Most Impactful Not for Profit Entity. The Social Enterprise domain includes two awards: Social Enterprise of the Year and the Most Impactful Social Enterprise.

The Volunteer domain includes one category, the Volunteer Team of the Year, while the CSR Initiative of the Year falls within the Corporate Social Responsibility domain.

On this occasion, His Excellency Mohamed Al Balooshi, Executive Director of the Community Engagement and Sports Sector at DCD, said the department, as the regulatory body for the third sector in Abu Dhabi, continues its efforts to support and enable the growth of the sector, recognising its role in advancing comprehensive social and economic development in the emirate.

His Excellency Mohamed Al Balooshi said: “The Third Sector Awards, in their inaugural edition, serve as a platform to recognise the contributions of not-for-profit entities, social enterprises, the private sector and community leaders, fostering a culture of engagement innovation and social responsibility in Abu Dhabi.”

His Excellency said the Third Sector Awards embody the complementarity of roles and partnerships between the Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi (DCD), government enablers and Third Sector entities. His Excellency also emphasised that the DCD, together with its partners, will continue to develop initiatives and programmes that highlight these efforts and enable growth within the sector. His Excellency expressed his best wishes to all participants. Winners will be announced and honoured at the end of 2024.

The DCD will organise introductory and awareness-raising workshops targeting Third Sector entities, volunteering teams and CSR contributors in Abu Dhabi. The workshops will introduce the conditions of the competition and eligibility of participation, in addition to answering inquiries from licensed institutions in the emirate.


About the Department of Community Development

The Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD) was established in 2018 to govern the social and community-development sector through a set of policies, strategies, systems, and standards. The Department aims to improve the quality of life in the emirate and provide a dignified life for all, through high-quality, impactful, and efficient services. One of DCD’s priorities is to raise awareness about social issues pertinent to Abu Dhabi and its people and find innovative solutions.

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