Vienna, Austria, 22 July 2015 - Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:

  • The Patient’s Friends Society. US$200,000. To expand the “OFID Department of Surgery” at Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron through the purchase of patient beds and other hospital furniture needed to meet to growing numbers of patients.
  • Alliance of Rural Electrification. US$990,000. To provide de-risking mechanisms for business ventures to facilitate the deployment of mini-grids for affordable and sustainable energy services in Bangladesh, India, Mali and Mozambique.
  • Foundation for Rural Energy Services. US$500,000. This grant will help provide households, local businesses and community centers in Contuboel village in Guinea Bissau with affordable and reliable electricity services by providing solar mini-grid systems.
  • Hope ’87. US$250,000. To establish a Hope learning center for teachers to enhance the quality of primary and secondary education in Pakistan. The estimated indirect beneficiaries will be more than 220,500 students and at least 300 trainees who will be enrolled at the center every year.
  • International AIDS Society (IAS). US$300,000. To sponsor the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa, and fund a joint OFID/IAS workshop on HIV in Conservative Social Settings.
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). US$300,000. To improve the productivity and competitiveness of fisheries value chains in Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
  • United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD). US$300,000. To help protect the legal rights of over one million Palestinians.
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA). US$1.4m. To improve the health and living conditions of around 16,000 residents of the Shu’fat camp in Jerusalem through the upgrading of storm water and sewerage networks.

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