Advancing human potential is a business imperative at Abdul Latif Jameel, and this is reflected in the work of Community Jameel, the social enterprise organisation of the Jameel family. Community Jameel operates a wide range of initiatives to promote a positive society and economic sustainability. From individual, community and Arab life as a whole, in Saudi Arabia and beyond, Community Jameel promotes Arab arts and culture in the Middle East and around the world, works against unemployment, enables research for poverty alleviation and food and water security, and provides education and training opportunities.
Community Jameel works in partnership with major institutions around the world. One long-standing relationship is with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With MIT, Community Jameel has supported and partnered with:
- The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), which uses randomized control trials as an economic tool to fight poverty and support development around the world;
- The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), which coordinates and promotes water and food research at MIT, emphasizing the deployment of effective technologies, programmes and policies that will have a measurable and international impact;
- The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), which works to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners, leveraging MIT’s resources to convene a global community of collaborators for sustainable, high-impact transformation in education through research, policy, pedagogy, and practice;
- The Abdul Latif Jameel-Toyota Endowed Scholarship, providing opportunities for young people from across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia to study undergraduate at MIT;
- The MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, promoting entrepreneurship in the Arab world through training, mentorship and competition; and
- The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, the local chapter in Community Jameel’s home country.
Community Jameel was formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family’s tradition of supporting the community, a tradition started in the 1930s by the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business, who throughout his life helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people improve their lives across a variety of fields including healthcare and education:
To find out more about Community Jameel, please visit their website