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Community Jameel records key achievements in 2017

President Reif, Fady Mohammed Jameel and Sanjay Sarma

In 2017, Community Jameel recorded key achievements in global development, job creation, the arts, and many other areas. Community Jameel is a social enterprise organization committed to supporting social development and economic sustainability across the Middle East and beyond. Together, Community Jameel and J-WEL work to transform education worldwide. Community Jameel also works with other J-LABS at MIT. We touch on some of Community Jameel’s work over the course of 2017 below. 

Global development through J-LABS

In 2017, Community Jameel and MIT launched J-WEL, which recently celebrated its first anniversary. In just 12 months, J-WEL awarded over $490,000 in grants to MIT faculty for education innovation projects; supported MIT students to go abroad to Italy, Jordan, and South Africa; and held two J-WEL Weeks with over 220 attendees from 30 countries.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) completed 861 impact evaluations in 2017 and has ongoing impact evaluations in 80 countries. J-PAL has touched over 300 million lives by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. The organization achieves this through research, policy outreach, and training. Additionally, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) opened its third round of funding for 17 research projects. J-WAFS works towards environmentally benign, scalable solutions for water and food systems across a range of regional, social, and economic contexts; it works to achieve this by incubating technologies and fostering innovative regional collaborations.



Job creation and entrepreneurship

In 2017, Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel’s job creation initiative, helped around 60,000 people find jobs in Saudi Arabia, 40,620 in Egypt, 1,335 in Morocco, and 315 in Turkey. Community Jameel’s microfinance division helped over 6,000 beneficiaries through various programs.

In addition to its job creation programs, Community Jameel helped nurture entrepreneurial talents, particularly in the Arab world, by supporting more than 2,500 entrants in the third MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Startup Competition, and more than 5,000 entrants to the eleventh MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition.

The coming years

Community Jameel comments on its accomplishments: “2017 was a transformative year for [us]. Into the future we will continue to work for a better community for all.” To find out about the initiatives above and other projects Community Jameel implemented in 2017, watch their video above or view it on YouTube. At J-WEL, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with Community Jameel to transform pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning.


Photo: Bryce Vickmark