Islamic Relief USA Applauds Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

Dec 28, 2010, 11:41 ET from Islamic Relief USA

IR USA looks forward to engagement where Muslim NGOs are not traditionally represented

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Calling it a "great initiative, with the potential of empowering non-governmental agencies and opening the door for greater global partnerships," Islamic Relief USA's CEO Abed Ayoub praised the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).  As a leader in humanitarian relief and development efforts, IR USA was invited to the launching of QDDR at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

At the event, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally launched QDDR, declaring it was a "change in attitude."  The review is a sweeping assessment aimed at bringing together valuable contributions of civilians across the federal government to advance American interests.  It is premised on the idea that the Department of State and USAID can be more effective in preventing and resolving conflicts; alleviating poverty; and bringing about prosperity, stability and democracy in many parts of the world.  

QDDR seeks to harness the contributions of civilian personnel across the government and civil society, unleashing the power of diplomats in 271 missions around the world, development professionals in more than 100 nations and experts from other U.S. government agencies.  

Inspired by Islam's values of charitable giving and community development, Islamic Relief is a humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating poverty through disaster-relief and development projects both in the U.S. and globally.  IR USA serves vulnerable communities, providing aid in a compassionate and dignified manner and regardless of color, race, gender or creed.  

This year, the "Chronicle of Philanthropy" ranked IR USA in the top 150 of its 2010 Philanthropy 400 list.  Also, IR USA has been awarded four stars from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years.

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