LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

After graduating from high school, I took a gap year to explore and pursue my passions and went on a self-discovery escapade to Southeast Asia. While touring the Mekong Delta from Saigon to the remote island of Phu Quoc, I witnessed firsthand what true poverty was, in floating villages. However, where there was poverty, there were vast untouched opportunities – the local villagers were unknowingly meso entrepreneurs; they were skilled craftsmen building handicrafts and on top of that the region was abundant with untapped resources and inactivated industries. With proper vocational training, a system would be established and the villagers could catalyze economic growth by exporting products and beautifying local services. I understood that poverty is not the only challenge standing in the face of progress and socioeconomic improvement, but one of many inter-related problems. On top of that, and in reality, what was keeping the villagers from progressing is not skill shortages and scarcity in resources but the lack of basic market and technical knowledge and vocational training.

My exposure to Vietnam was my catalyst for sustainable impact. I became interested in creating innovative culturally relevant sustainable solutions to have positive social impact in societies. At first, I wanted to understand how to create sustainable socio-economic growth, how public-private partnerships worked, how multilateral impact the developing world. I had a lot of questions but not a lot of answers. So, I thought the best way to learn was to actually do.

I came to the understanding that just like in lesser developed countries, poverty, lack of financial support, and adequate mentor-ship stand in the way of progression; in developed countries, consumerism that is not balanced with production and coupled with untenable behaviors prevent sustaining progress. Achieving truly sustainable socio-economic progress anywhere is more complex than applying small projects or initiatives. Our shared efforts to bring good to our societies and contribute to development is best achieved through a curriculated system of moral responsibility, which I believe is the building block for anything that is truly sustainable. And to apply a comprehensive model to achieve truly sustainable goals we must: adopt moral responsibility as the main infrastructure, apply an integrated approach and

promote inclusive communities.
An integrated approach that covers development aspects with all its dimensions, from social needs and cultural beliefs to moral conceptions and modern day demands, is essential to harvesting a fertile soil. This will ensure that our objectives, that will be achieved by establishing positively inclusive communities, will thrive and bloom as long as the essential elements were present when the seeds were planted.
Driven by the desire to make communities, countries and environments better, talga was founded. Talga seeks to achieve development agendas and aspirations through the third sector. This is done by improving the performance of the already existing providers and introducing a new innovative and integrated approach to the practice of development.
And to further bridge the relation between development studies and development in practice, and fulfill the dedicated mission of talga to link research with action by implementing projects that are carefully researched, a subsidiary think tank; dinar center, was created. Dinar center is the creative arm under the umbrella of talga that is responsible for conducting research, evaluating cases and conceptualizing solutions.
Talga’s second subsidiary is its youth arm, who come from different exceptional backgrounds and diverse interests yet share one common thing; their desire to contribute and inspire positive change. Within our community at talga, we believe that giving is reciprocal and not one-way. Through the programs that we organize within our community of young, vibrant, accountable and purpose-driven passionate members, we are cultivating a culture of active and conscious learning, productivity and accountability, and through the youth circles program and roundtable discussions that we host in partnership with other sides, we are exposing our members of the youth to the knowledge that they need to effectively be involved in their societies.
We have a moral obligation. Through talga, we aspire to maximize our contributions to achieving truly sustainable impacts and addressing the complex challenges we face with practical solutions. Imagine if the enormous potentials were unlocked, and if each one of us acted now upon our diverse personal interests, how much more will be achieved.

Abeer bint Saud bin Mohammed AlSaud

Founder & Chair

After graduating from high school, I took a gap year to explore and pursue my passions and went on a self-discovery escapade to Southeast Asia. While touring the Mekong Delta from Saigon to the remote island of Phu Quoc, I witnessed firsthand what true poverty was, in floating villages. However, where there was poverty, there were vast untouched opportunities – the local villagers were unknowingly meso entrepreneurs; they were skilled craftsmen building handicrafts and on top of that the region was abundant with untapped resources and inactivated industries. With proper vocational training, a system would be established and the villagers could catalyze economic growth by exporting products and beautifying local services. I understood that poverty is not the only challenge standing in the face of progress and socioeconomic improvement, but one of many inter-related problems. On top of that, and in reality, what was keeping the villagers from progressing is not skill shortages and scarcity in resources but the lack of basic market and technical knowledge and vocational training.

My exposure to Vietnam was my catalyst for sustainable impact. I became interested in creating innovative culturally relevant sustainable solutions to have positive social impact in societies. At first, I wanted to understand how to create sustainable socio-economic growth, how public-private partnerships worked, how multilateral impact the developing world. I had a lot of questions but not a lot of answers. So, I thought the best way to learn was to actually do.

I came to the understanding that just like in lesser developed countries, poverty, lack of financial support, and adequate mentor-ship stand in the way of progression; in developed countries, consumerism that is not balanced with production and coupled with untenable behaviors prevent sustaining progress. Achieving truly sustainable socio-economic progress anywhere is more complex than applying small projects or initiatives. Our shared efforts to bring good to our societies and contribute to development is best achieved through a curriculated system of moral responsibility, which I believe is the building block for anything that is truly sustainable. And to apply a comprehensive model to achieve truly sustainable goals we must: adopt moral responsibility as the main infrastructure, apply an integrated approach and

promote inclusive communities.
An integrated approach that covers development aspects with all its dimensions, from social needs and cultural beliefs to moral conceptions and modern day demands, is essential to harvesting a fertile soil. This will ensure that our objectives, that will be achieved by establishing positively inclusive communities, will thrive and bloom as long as the essential elements were present when the seeds were planted.
Driven by the desire to make communities, countries and environments better, talga was founded. Talga seeks to achieve development agendas and aspirations through the third sector. This is done by improving the performance of the already existing providers and introducing a new innovative and integrated approach to the practice of development.
And to further bridge the relation between development studies and development in practice, and fulfill the dedicated mission of talga to link research with action by implementing projects that are carefully researched, a subsidiary think tank; dinar center, was created. Dinar center is the creative arm under the umbrella of talga that is responsible for conducting research, evaluating cases and conceptualizing solutions.
Talga’s second subsidiary is its youth arm, who come from different exceptional backgrounds and diverse interests yet share one common thing; their desire to contribute and inspire positive change. Within our community at talga, we believe that giving is reciprocal and not one-way. Through the programs that we organize within our community of young, vibrant, accountable and purpose-driven passionate members, we are cultivating a culture of active and conscious learning, productivity and accountability, and through the youth circles program and roundtable discussions that we host in partnership with other sides, we are exposing our members of the youth to the knowledge that they need to effectively be involved in their societies.
We have a moral obligation. Through talga, we aspire to maximize our contributions to achieving truly sustainable impacts and addressing the complex challenges we face with practical solutions. Imagine if the enormous potentials were unlocked, and if each one of us acted now upon our diverse personal interests, how much more will be achieved.

Abeer bint Saud bin Mohammed AlSaud

Founder & Chair