Community Jameel Annual Report

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Community Jameel Annual Report 2018

This annual report provides detailed information about our programmes and their results, together with developments that took place in 2018.

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Job opportunities


We helped in creating over 300,000 job opportunities since the establishment of BRJ Recruitment in 2003

people statistics
More than SAR 2 Billion loans provided through BRJ Microfinance

400 million people worldwide positively impacted by the work of J-PAL

Grameen Jameel

Community Jameel

More than 2300 entrepreneurs received top tier training and over 230 startups were established since 2006

Change the future

We can change the future

Over 186 MIT students supported by the Jameel-Toyota Scholarship Fund

Health and social

We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable citizens.  We built and funded the Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital, the first non-profit rehabilitation hospital in Saudi Arabia, providing comprehensive rehabilitation and care for adults and children.  The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and provides advanced medical rehabilitation programmes.  Since opening, it has rehabilitated more than 60,000 patients.

Other targeted initiatives include creating Al Nada Centre to provide social and medical care for the elderly; co-founding the King Salman Disability Research Center motivational support for orphans through the Tanweer programmes; the world’s tallest flagpole in Jeddah; and family days for prisoners to facilitate their rehabilitation on release.

Launched on September 17, 2018, the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) is the fourth major collaboration between MIT and Community Jameel. A key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, the MIT J-Clinic focuses on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionise the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. The Clinic concentrates on creating and commercialising high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals.

Arts and culture

Through our dedicated arts and culture programme, Art Jameel, we aim to foster a thriving art scene in the region, not only to promote contemporary art but to support creative entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.  We achieve this by creating strong partnerships with art organisations around the world that provide a regional platform for contemporary art.

We showcase contemporary art to global audiences, from the breath-taking Jameel Gallery for Islamic Art at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum , to the Jeddah Sculpture Museum featuring the work of Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, and Rabia Al-Akhras. We also recognise contributions to arts and culture through our biennial Jameel Prize.

On November 11, 2018, Art Jameel opened the Jameel Arts Centre an innovative contemporary institution in Dubai, UAE; and is set to launch in 2020 Hayy: Creative Hub, a major complex for the creative industries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Job creation

Since its inception in 2003, our dedicated job creation programme, Bab Rizq Jameel, has helped promising young men and women throughout the Arab world to find brighter futures and advance their potential.  To date, it has helped to create more than 900,000 jobs in a wide variety of industries across Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Morocco.

In addition to sourcing job opportunities, Bab Rizq Jameel also provides training, careers counseling, and practical support such as CV writing and interview techniques to close the gap between university education and private sector requirements.  Alongside this, the programme provides micro-finance to encourage young people to start their own small business and launch their careers.

Education and Training

We champion education for people of all ages to empower them to lead better lives and create a better world.  We create sustainable personal and professional development and promote global awareness of the emerging talent in the Arab world.

In 2009, to smooth the transition from education to occupation, we supported the establishment of INJAZ Saudi in partnership with the National Commercial Bank and Savola Group. Over the following two years, the programme grew into an independent and sustainable entity aiming to create employable Saudi youth for the country’s labour market.

Through the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Toyota Endowed Scholarship, over 180 scholarships have been granted to MIT graduates since 1994.  The programme was created to make studying at the visionary Massachusetts Institute of Technology a reality for selected scholars from Middle Eastern and Asian countries.  Students are hand-picked based on their ability, dedication, and potential and supported through their studies to achieve their professional goals. To date Jameel-Toyota Scholars have pursued careers in architecture, economics, electrical engineering, math, chemistry, physics and aviation sciences.

For budding entrepreneurs, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region provides a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and mentorship.  Abdul Latif Jameel encourages success by organizing the annual MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition which targets 21 countries in the region and attracts more than 5,000 applications every year.

In May 2017, Community Jameel and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-founded a new global education laboratory that supports education and learning, including in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) is an entity within MIT's open education and learning initiatives that focuses on three core areas – pre K-12, higher education, and workforce education.

Aimed at tackling the crisis in Teacher Professional Development (TPD) in Jordan, the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (MIT J-WEL) and Save the Children Jordan, in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, Community Jameel and Dubai Cares, launched the Transforming Refugee Education Towards Excellence (TREE) programme in September 2019.

Global Development

Founded at MIT in 2003, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global network of over 180 affiliated professors who use the power of scientific evidence to understand what really helps the poor. Evidence generated by J-PAL has led to the scale-up of proven programmes – from more effective distribution of subsidised rice in Indonesia to school-based deworming and chlorine dispensers for safe water in Africa and India.

Through its headquarters at MIT and independent regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, J-PAL partners with governments, NGOs, and international development organisations to find lasting solutions to poverty. Its work has already had a direct effect on 400 million people.

In addition, D-Lab, also at MIT, is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that can meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty.
D-Lab Scale-Ups was created in 2011, with support from Community Jameel to identify and scale technology solutions with potential for wide scale poverty alleviation. To date, Scale-Ups-assisted enterprises have created 248 fulltime jobs in developing countries and have indirectly employed an additional 400.

The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) was co-founded in 2014 by MIT and Community Jameel to leverage the Institute’s strengths in finding solutions to global-scale challenges faced by water and food systems, exacerbated by climate change, urbanisation, and population rise.