The Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi has taken a significant step forward by introducing the second edition of the “Wyakom” initiative, a digital platform designed to promote civic engagement and involve the public in identifying innovative solutions to address challenges faced by seniors.
The launch of “Wyakom” demonstrates the department’s steadfast commitment to addressing social issues through innovative means. This iteration of the platform is focused on tackling challenges in three key areas affecting seniors: financial wellbeing, social wellbeing, and emotional wellbeing.
The Department has announced that the second edition of the initiative has been expanded to encompass all regions within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This expansion aims to encourage community members from all corners of the emirate to participate in shaping solutions for a better future for the community. In its inaugural edition, the initiative was limited to Khalifa City.
As part of the initiative, three exceptional ideas will be recognized and celebrated. The department plans to reward outstanding contributors with motivational incentives, fostering a culture of innovation and active participation. Furthermore, the platform is set to collaborate with relevant government bodies, private organizations, and third-sector entities to pilot and implement proposed ideas, ensuring they have a tangible impact on the real world.
“Wyakom” serves as a platform for individuals within the community to suggest effective solutions for various societal challenges. The overarching goal is to enhance the well-being and happiness of individuals, fostering a thriving society. A committee of experts from the social sector will meticulously review and evaluate the ideas based on a set of criteria, ensuring their relevance, feasibility, novelty, and potential impact.
H.E. Eng Sheikha Al Hosani, Executive Director of the Social Monitoring and Innovation Sector at DCD, highlighted the significance of the platform in amplifying the community’s voice. She emphasized its role in providing an outlet for innovative ideas that address societal challenges faced by different segments, with a special emphasis on senior citizens.
Al Hosani stressed the importance of prioritizing the well-being of senior citizens within the context of families, noting that comprehensive solutions are vital to ensuring their care and welfare. The platform, powered by digital technology, is an integral component of the department’s robust efforts to explore and address social challenges, while devising effective solutions to enhance the quality of life for all residents.
“Wyakom” serves as a valuable gauge for measuring the community’s concerns regarding social challenges, offering a platform to nurture community-driven innovative solutions. Aspiring changemakers eager to make a positive impact in Abu Dhabi can contribute their ideas.
The platform is poised to play a pivotal role in transforming ideas into tangible solutions, ultimately realizing the department’s vision of ensuring a dignified life for every member of society.