Local Government Programs
While the Al Qasimi Foundation has a strong focus on education, its capacity development initiatives also aim to strategically advance the public sector in Ras Al Khaimah, particularly the effectiveness of local government. Given the diversity of government institutions and their respective needs, the Al Qasimi Foundation works with local policymakers to identify and develop individual solutions. This approach ensures activities are targeted and appropriate to locally identified issues or concerns. Whenever possible, the Al Qasimi Foundation also partners with local organizations or other public institutions in its work with government entities.
- Increase the effectiveness of government institutions and broader public sector in Ras Al Khaimah
- Support the development of future leaders in Ras Al Khaimah government
- Improve communication and build opportunities for collaboration across various public entities
- Working with the U.S. Mission in the United Arab Emirates, the Foundation has nominated several community members for the International Visitor Leadership Program, which is the most prestigious professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State.
- English proficiency is an increasingly important skill for working in the public sector. In response to this need, the Al Qasimi Foundation has helped organize English language lessons for a number of local government departments.
- Although most government departments have incorporated technology into their daily operations, many still struggle with how to use it effectively. In collaboration with the Ras Al Khaimah Electronic Government Authority (EGA), the Al Qasimi Foundation developed a series of interactive training workshops to demonstrate the various technology tools available, including e-mail and shared calendars, and how they can be used to streamline work. The initial workshops received such favorable responses that other government departments have requested similar training for their staff.
- The Al Qasimi Foundation has been able to build solid working relationships with a number of government entities and departments in Ras Al Khaimah, including the Education Zone, EGA, Tourism and Development Authority, Investment and Development Office, and the Town Planning Department.
The Al Qasimi Foundation will continue to serve as a resource for public entities who are seeking to increase their effectiveness and build their overall capacity. This effort will include helping to foster greater communication, information sharing, and collaboration among departments whose missions may overlap or in which similar goals may exist. The Al Qasimi Foundation also plans to research and identify more professional development opportunities, including international exchange programs, which are offered by organizations or countries to support aspiring local government leaders.