Community Jameel

Pioneering Positive Social Change

Advancing human potential is a business imperative at Abdul Latif Jameel. From our earliest days, our founder, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, pioneered active and positive social change in our local communities and far beyond, giving people the power to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

That tradition is continued today in the work of Community Jameel, a global philanthropy, which was established in 2003. 

We don’t define people by their problems, but by their potential. That’s why we invest in a broad program from job creation and businesses opportunities – aimed at helping communities transform themselves – to enabling groundbreaking research for global poverty alleviation and water and food security, and from providing education and training opportunities to promotion of arts and culture that inspires and enriches people worldwide.

In each activity, Community Jameel brings people together for good.

Job Creation

Our job creation program, Bab Rizq Jameel (‘Beautiful gateway to prosperity’), helps promising young men and women throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region and beyond, find brighter futures.

Through a network of over 700 creators, we’ve helped generate 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 in Saudi Arabia since 2003


job opportunities created globally since 2003

Bab Rizq Jameel is geared towards making a positive change in the lives of young men and women across the region, supporting promising young talent to find brighter futures and advance their potential.

Global Development

Our mission is to create opportunities for sustainable communities in every corner of the world we can reach

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), whose cofounders Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, along with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. The Lab is a global network of over 170 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 created proven, lasting aid programs, including more effective distribution of subsidized rice in Indonesia and chlorine dispensers for safe water in Africa and India. To-date, J-PAL has touched the lives of over 400 million people.

In 2002, the D-Lab program was also founded at MIT. It’s building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. In 2011, with support from Community Jameel, D-Lab launched its Scale-Up program to support social entrepreneurs bring poverty alleviating technologies to market at scale.

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

The Economist

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completed and ongoing impact evaluations in 80 countries

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people touched by J-PAL's work

Food and Water Systems and the Environment

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), was established at MIT in September 2014 to spearhead research on how to adapt to a rapidly changing planet and combat world-wide water and food scarcity.

It will also address the collective pressure of population growth, urbanization, and climate variability – factors that endanger food and water systems in developing and developed countries alike.

Learn more about our Food and Water Systems programs

US$ 1.5m+

Seed grant funding for research projects

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outcomes for the solution of humanitarian and societal challenges

'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

Recognizing art’s role in building community, we foster a thriving art scene in the region, to both promote contemporary art as well as 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 sustain traditional arts and crafts through the Jameel Houses of Traditional Arts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Scotland in collaboration with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

In 2018, Art Jameel announced a major new cultural development for Saudi Arabia.  The Hayy: Creative Hub – derived from the Arabic word for neighbourhood – referring to the community-oriented nature of the complex, and the ways in which the partner organisations, which include art galleries, digital entrepreneurs, comedy clubs, cafes and more, are working together to present the full diversity of the arts, is a 17,000 square-meter facility located in the north of Jeddah due to open next year.

We also recognize contributions to arts and culture through our biennial Jameel Prize, Photography Jameel, 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 Community Jameel International
President of Art Jameel

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pieces of Islamic art and artefacts housed in the V&A Museum

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a thriving art scene in the Middle East


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 throughout the Arab world and beyond.

Our active partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has lead to many successful and sustained initiatives. In 1994, Community Jameel established the Abdul Latif Jameel-Toyota Endowed Scholarship at MIT to provide financial support for undergraduate students from more than 20 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. This has since supported over 160 MIT students, many of whom have gone on to establish successful businesses and give back to their communities.

Community Jameel and MIT also partner on the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, and in 2015, launched a Saudi Arabian chapter.  These programs provide opportunities for business leaders of tomorrow to develop their ideas with training and mentorship in a structured program.

In 2017, Community Jameel and MIT co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT, which seeks to spark a renaissance in education in schools, higher education, and workplace learning. Through J-WEL, MIT will make its programs and resources available to schools, governments, NGOs, philanthropists, and businesses, and provide special access to training, workshops, and certification programs, as well as collaborative opportunities with MIT.

Smoothing the transition from education to employment, in 2009, we played a major role in establishing INJAZ Saudi. Over just two years, this grew to be an independent and self-sustaining program creating employable Saudi youth for the country’s labor market.

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

Nael Samir Fayez
Executive Director, INJAZ Saudi Arabia

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MIT students supported by the Jameel-Toyota Scholarship Fund

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entrepreneurial start-ups driven by MITEF Arab Start-up Competition since 2006

Health and Society

We’re committed to improving the health and well-being 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 Center for social and medical care for the elderly, and providing motivational support for orphans through the Tanweer programs.

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

Mohammed Al Harbi
Ministry of Social Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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patients served by the Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital since launch


orphaned children visited destinations across the world through Tanweer programs