IsDB Notes the Need for Humanitarian Partnerships in a Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 / 11:52 AM / IsDB Press Release / Header Image Credit: Light for the World

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, the bank's poverty alleviation arm, joined hands with Light for The World to get immediate help to the communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis in Burkina Faso.


Officials of the institutions noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of billions, reminding people of the world's interdependency. The IsDB expressed gratitude are grateful for our strong programme partnerships which have endured the toughest of external challenges.

Elie Bagbila, Director of Light for the World Burkina Faso, has been part of
the project from the start. "Thanks to this partnership we could react quickly when the crisis emerged and get support to where it was needed most. Together we are more effective in making the world a more accessible place," he said.


The Light for the World humanitarian intervention in Burkina Faso includes support to the national health system to protect vulnerable people; education support to enable children with disabilities to continue their learning; and provision of food and supplies to vulnerable families affected by income loss.

Mohammad Jawabreh who serves as Senior Programme Management Specialist at the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development
said on the unique partnership:

"Burkina Faso has been hit hard by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Through our collaboration with Light for the World, we can save people's lives, draw attention to the best practices of including people with disabilities in humanitarian responses, and ensure that no one is left behind."

Ahmed Berthe, Lead NGO and Civil Society at the Resilience and Social Development Department of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) reflect

"The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly tested the resilience of individuals and countries. The countries we support are facing high pressure on their healthcare systems, communities, and citizens' lives and livelihoods"
he said.

"At the Islamic Development Bank, we saw invaluable merit in joining Light for the World and supporting people with disabilities during this difficult time."

Speaking on the partnership, Elie Bagbila observed that
 "Inclusion is a path of learning. I am incredibly pleased to walk this path together with our allies at the Islamic Development Bank, local and international humanitarian agencies, government officials, and, first and foremost, with the children and adults with disabilities in the communities we serve."

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