Mon, 03 02 1439 | 23 Oct 2017

“GaStat” and King Khalid Foundation are looking to develop official statistics for the non-profit sector

With the participation of a number of government, private and academic entities
“GaStat” and King Khalid Foundation are looking to develop official statistics for the non-profit sector

The General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) in collaboration with King Khalid foundation, and the cooperation of the International Center of Research and Studies (Medad), held a workshop on Wednesday Muharram 7th, 1439H, in the headquarter of King Khalid Foundation in Riyadh. The workshop brought together several government, private and academic entities specialized in the non-profit sector. The workshop was held in order to limit the needs of the non-profit sector from data and statistics, to ensure the achievement of the Saudi Vision 2030 to double the return of this sector, and raise its contribution in the GDP from 0.3% to 5%.
The importance of the development of statistical data for the non-profit sector is in the light of the results of several studies and research that determine the margin of expansion in the activities and work of the non-profit sector in the Kingdom to be still wide. There are many capitals interested in entering this sector if the appropriate atmosphere is provided by institutionalizing the sector's work according to the approved methodological criteria and sponsored by the concerned entities in the country in integration with the partners working in the non-profit sector. As well as by overcoming barriers and facilitating procedures for the wealthy people wishing to enter this sector, motivating the application of the good governance standards, encouraging the shift from the concept of giving to the concept of sustainability and institutional work, and paying attention to develop the human resources specialized in this field.
The participants in the workshop discussed a number of vital topics to identify the main points of the non-profit sector's work. The most important of these are voluntary work, mechanisms to increase its numbers and promote a culture of volunteering among the community, charitable giving and its size and concept, and related parties. Other topics discussed are, non-profit work values, development of human resources in this field, social solidarity, charitable trusts, charity work economics, and the institutional structure and methodological work in the sector.
The workshop included a number of visual presentations and panel discussions presented by GaStat, King Khalid Foundation and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. With the presence of representatives of non-profit organizations in the Kingdom as well as a number of researchers and those interested in statistical studies, the participants discussed the mechanisms to monitor the efforts of the non-profit sector through reliable official statistical data and indicators, which represent the fundamental basis for the production of analytical and applied studies in the work of the non-profit sector, especially in light of the lack of indicators and special statistical data and the lack of statistical information in this sector.
His Excellency the President of GaStat, Dr. Fahad Altekhaifi, explained that GaStat is working within the framework of the statistical transformation program. The program is based on the vision and mission of GaStat which is to be a world-class, innovative statistical reference for Saudi Arabia's socio-economic development through providing comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date statistics and value-added services in line with the international standards and take the lead in developing a modern statistical sector in order to support decision making. He also added, that the most important criteria for statistical production are the importance of the product in meeting the local needs such as issuing statistical products in line with Saudi Vision 2030, or indicators that help support the decision of a specific governmental entity in the framework of national development or regional or international requirements, in addition, work is being done to develop statistics for the non-profit sector to meet the needs of users as a result of the collaborations of GaStat with several entities. In collaboration with King Khalid Foundation, GaStat made sure to involve all relevant parties from data producers and users in the non-profit sector in order to develop the new statistical product for this sector starting from building to publishing. He stressed that the statistical products and services provided by GaStat are solid pillars to support all national development decisions and support policy makers with information which is considered the compass of development work.
Princess Al-Bandari Bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, Director General of King Khalid Foundation, appreciated the role played by GaStat in developing statistical indicators to measure the activities of the non-profit sector, pointing out that this workshop represents an important step towards evaluating the sector's activities in order to enhance its contribution to the GDP as reflected in the vision of the Kingdom 2030.
The Director General of King Khalid Foundation also stressed on the importance of highlighting the economic and social role of the non-profit sector in the reliable and official data and figures. She also added that the roles of the sector in the development plans of the country is indicative of the prospect expansion and diversity of non-profit work patterns in the Kingdom.
Princess Al-Bandari also added that since a long time ago, King Khalid Foundation worked on enhancing the integration of the non-profit sector with government entities, recognizing the importance of a solid and accurate database on the sector's work, to be a reference and guide that gives the capital interested in working in the non-profit sector a clear map that prepares and motivates them to invest in it on a professional and systematic basis, and in accordance with international norms and standards governing the work in this sector.
The organizers of this workshop hope to achieve an agreement on the procedural concept of non-profit work by identifying the work that is taking place in non-profit work and how to deal with it to achieve its objectives, develop a list of specialized statistics for non-profit work, identify a clear roadmap for data and roles required from concerned parties, and build a perception about the mechanism of dissemination of data and statistics specialized in non-profit work. 
The outputs of the Saudi Vision 2030 about the non-profit sector included a number of objectives, including raising the contribution of the non-profit sector in the GDP from 0.3% to 5%, increasing the percentage of development projects with social impact from 7% to 33%, improve the Kingdom’s ranking in the social capital index from 26 to 10, in addition to reaching (1) million volunteers compared to 11 thousand volunteers now.