Saudi’s King Abdullah Foundation launches humanitarian prize

Saudi Arabian foundation launches humanitarian prize that recognises efforts to better ‘understanding between peoples’

The King Abdullah Foundation has launched a humanitarian prize to mark the first anniversary of the death of its founder, the late monarch of Saudi Arabia.

The King Abdullah Prize for Humanitarian Efforts, announced on 23 January, will be awarded to individuals and groups that encourage better ‘understanding between peoples’, according to the Riyadh-based foundation.

“Based on the values of tolerance, virtue and peace which King Abdullah held so dear, the King Abdullah Foundation will establish a global prize for humanitarian efforts,” said Prince Khaled Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, chairman of the foundation and the late king’s son. “In so doing, we hope to sustain King Abdullah’s vision and promote his enduring legacy over the years and decades ahead.”

The biannual prize will recognise humanitarian initiatives in four different categories: dialogue and peace; innovation; childhood development; and outstanding individuals and institutions.

At a private event yesterday the foundation also announced there will be a range of other investments in aid and humanitarian work to come. These will cover the foundation’s seven focus areas, which include education, economic development, and healthcare.

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the King of Saudi Arabia from 2005 until his death last year. Since its founding in 2010, the eponymous foundation has supported aid and development projects for Muslims across the world. The foundation’s partnership with the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank has included support for initiatives such as mobile clinics in Pakistan, Yemen, India and Afghanistan; girls’ education in Niger; and tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.