Kuwait pledges zero-tolerance for unlicensed charity work

June 10, 2010

Kuwait’s social affairs and labour ministry has pledged a zero-tolerance towards unlicensed charity work, mainly for foreign causes.

“We have not licensed any Kuwaiti charitable organization or any Kuwaiti national to collect donations for charity work abroad,” the ministry said in a statement. “We will take stringent legal action against anyone who breaks the rules that stipulate that only charity campaigns endorsed by the ministry can receive donations.”

There are official channels to convey donations and those keen on giving should contact them. The Kuwaiti Red Crescent is such an official agency, the ministry said.

“There is an urgent need to abide by the law to ensure that the spirit and purpose of charitable works remains alive and people benefit from it. At the same time, we can all preserve Kuwait’s reputation in providing assistance for the needy,” the ministry said.

Kuwait has one of the highest levels of charity work in the Muslim world.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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