Muscat – The Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) unveiled a new digital donations platform called Jood, meaning ‘give generously’, on Thursday.
Designed to support charities and volunteer groups in Oman, jood.om facilitates electronic donations for both individuals and institutions via secure payment channels.
The launch ceremony was graced by H E Dr Mohammed Said al Ma’amari, Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, H E Dr Laila Ahmed al Najjar, Minister of Social Development, several royal family members, ministers, and representatives of public and private charitable organisations.
Highlighting the essence of the initiative, H E Ma’amari said, “Volunteerism fosters a united and interdependent society. Global needs have driven the formation of bodies dedicated to charitable and volunteer efforts, supporting government entities.”
He described the platform as a “gateway to generosity”, facilitating easier access to those in need while promoting transparency in charitable activities. It offers donors accurate financial data, insights and statistics.
Jood will assess applications sent to charitable entities, maintain beneficiary records and prevent double disbursements to recipients getting assistance from multiple sources. The platform will also produce statistical reports valuable for those offering aid and researchers interested in Oman’s charity activities.
At the launch ceremony, Ahlam Abdullah al Tobi, head of Digital Transformation at MoSD, said, “Jood will be pivotal for decisions concerning charity, enabling transparency via real-time data for decision-makers, donors and the charities themselves.”
She highlighted jood.om’s additional features including dedicated pages for every association and a centralised system overseeing the registration and management of charitable programmes.