A leading British Muslim NGO, Muslim Aid, today signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed at the OIC Headquarters by the Secretary-General of the OIC, Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, on behalf of their respective organisations.
The MOU establishes a strategic partnership between the OIC and Muslim Aid that will enable implementation of long-term sustainable development programmes. It will also help to accelerate economic growth and social progress in the most vulnerable communities.
The two organisations have agreed to undertake joint action wherever required. Under the MOU Muslim Aid and OIC shall also exchange information concerning humanitarian disasters and consult each other on matters of mutual interest. Muslim Aid will coordinate activities in any country where the OIC does not maintain an office for purposes of managing an emergency or development project approved by the OIC member States.
The Secretary-General of the OIC, Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said: "Muslim Aid is an extremely important partner of OIC. They have done remarkable work in coordinating the delivery of OIC's humanitarian assistance programmes in disaster affected countries. They are also the first NGO in the West with whom the OIC is signing an MOU today”. He further added: “The OIC stands ready to provide whatever assistance Muslim Aid needs to expand its humanitarian relief and development work.”
The Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, responded: "Today is a proud moment in the history of both Muslim Aid and the British Muslim community. We are honored to have been given this opportunity to work with OIC, the largest inter-governmental organisation of Muslim States. This historic occasion will enable both our organisations to join hands to serve humanity at large, empower poor and vulnerable segments of society, lift people out of poverty and give them a bright future. This is more significant as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Muslim Aid. We have grown from strength to strength through selfless and sustained service”, said Sir Iqbal.
The signing ceremony was attended by distinguished guests including the British Deputy Ambassador, Roderick Drummond, OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ambassador Atta Manan El-Bakhit and CEO of Muslim Aid, Syed Sharfuddin.
Note to Editors
Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 25 years, Muslim Aid has expanded its work to cover over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system.
The OIC is the largest inter-governmental organisation of Muslim States that are bound together in common values of Islamic ethos and committed to peace, stability and development. The OIC provides humanitarian assistance to countries affected by natural disasters, conflict and instability, both directly and through accredited NGOs. Muslim Aid is a trusted partner of the OIC for many years.