Our Community Initiatives

Advancing human potential is a business imperative at Abdul Latif Jameel.  From our earliest days, we have pioneered active and positive social change in the local communities we serve – and far beyond.

In 2003, we formalized our commitment to social and economic development by creating a dedicated organization.  Community Jameel  focuses on six areas.

Job Creation

Our job creation program, Bab Rizq Jameel (‘Beautiful gateway to prosperity’), helps promising young men and women throughout the Arab world find brighter futures.

Through a network of over 700 creators, we have helped to create job opportunities through taxi and truck ownership programs, specialist skills training, job placements, work-from-home telesales and service, and small business opportunities.

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job opportunities created globally since 2003


job opportunities created in Saudi Arabia since 2003*

Abdul Latif Jameel Job Creation





Global Poverty Alleviation

We see lifting people out of poverty as this century’s biggest challenge, and we address it at the grassroots and highest levels.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global network of affiliated professors based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that employs scientific evidence to understand what really helps the poor.  Partnering with governments and NGOs, J-PAL has found lasting solutions and helped create proven aid programs, including more effective distribution of subsidized rice in Indonesia and chlorine dispensers for safe water in Africa and India. 

The D-Lab programme was founded at MIT in 2002 and is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty.

Our pioneering microfinance initiative, Grameen Jameel, extends capital and technical support to microfinance institutions across the MENAT region, helping them expand their impact on the poor, especially women.  Last year, we helped empower more than two million people to make their own living.


people empowered to make their own living since 2003


people touched by J-PAL's work

J-PAL (the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab), has just celebrated its eleventh anniversary. Its methods have transformed development economics.

The Economist

Food & Water Security

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), was established at MIT in September 2014 and will spearhead research that will help mankind adapt to a rapidly changing planet and combat world-wide water scarcity and food supply. The lab will also elevate MIT’s commitment to address the collective pressure of population growth, urbanization, and climate variability – factors that endanger food and water systems in developing and developed countries alike.

Ensuring sustainable and affordable access to food and water for all is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif

Arts and Culture

Our aim is to foster a thriving art scene in the region, not only to promote contemporary art but also to support creative entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.

We showcase contemporary art to global audiences, from the breath-taking Jameel Gallery for Islamic Art at London’s V&A Museum, to the Jeddah Sculpture Museum featuring the work of Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, and Rabia Al-Akhras.  We also recognize contributions to arts and culture through our bi-annual Jameel Prize, the Art Jameel Photography Award, and our art education program.

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The Jameel Prize aims to raise awareness about contemporary artworks inspired by traditional Islamic arts and designs, and to support artistic talent throughout the world.

Fady Jameel
President of ALJCI International

Education and Training

We champion education for people of all ages, to empower them to lead better lives and create a better world.  We create sustainable personal and professional development and promote global awareness of the emerging talent in the Arab world.

Our partnership with the award-winning, travelling exhibition and educational program, ‘1001 Inventions’, uncovers historic scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilization to show how these contributions shaped our modern world.

Our partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has led to over a hundred postgraduate scholarships, an enterprise forum, and an annual startup competition that yields thousands of brilliant ideas from applicants in countries around the Arab region.

In 2009, to smooth the transition from education to occupation, Abdul Latif Jameel played a major role in establishing INJAZ Saudi in partnership with the National Commercial Bank and Savola Group.  Over the following two years, the program grew into an independent and sustainable entity aiming to create employable Saudi youth for the country’s labor market.

The INJAZ Saudi program is an extension of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world's largest non-profit educational organization, established in 1919.  The program is dedicated to training students for employment, as well as empowering them with the skills, including financial, to start their own projects.  The training programs are based on the principle of exchanging experience and expertise.

Since 2012, Abdul Latif Jameel has become a vital strategic partner, involving its own employees by encouraging them to volunteer to train students in these programs.

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MIT students supported by the Jameel-Toyota Scholarship Fund


people reached through our partnership with 1001 Inventions

Education is a key pillar on which nations develop and their people achieve distinction.

Nael Samir Fayez
Executive Director, Injaz Saudi Arabia

Health and Social

We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable citizens. Some of our targeted initiatives include founding a 120-bed medical rehabilitation hospital, co-founding the King Salman Disability Research Center, creating the Al Nada Centre for social and medical care for the elderly, and providing motivational support for orphans through the Tanweer programs.

Find out more about Social Jameel

*Figures supported by Deloitte & Touche Bakr Abu al-Khair & Partners, Saudi Arabia.

It is impossible to calculate the value of an initiative like Tanweer, but the expressions on the faces tell their own story.

Mohammed Al Harbi
Ministry of Social Affairs, Saudi Arabia