The Ministry of Social affairs and Labor beamed as a Division of Social Affairs was established in 1954 for the purpose of achieving social justice in the country.
It also focused on raising the living standards of its citizens by directing the social and economic development to generate employment opportunities.
In October 1960, the division's name has been changed to the Division of Social Affairs and Labor, In 1962, it became the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.
Its responsibilities include:
- Offering social welfare services to all citizens, including the special categories such as the aged, handicapped, or delinquent juveniles and children with special needs.
- Providing assistance to Kuwaiti families to ensure for them the adequate minimum standards of decent living; helping victims of disasters.
- Supervising and organizing manpower in the private sector as well as in the oil industry.
- Supervising the cooperative movement, private public utility societies, workers organizations and employers' federations.
- Taking care of children by providing opportunities for the healthy growth of children (through children's clubs), and supervising private nurseries.
- Solving social problems, studying social phenomena that are harmful for the society and making efforts to diminish their impact.
- Supervising the cooperative movement, private public utility societies, workers' organizations and employers' federations.
- Taking care of community development centers.
- Cooperating with Arab countries and international organizations in related fields of work.
- Developing employees' skills while increasing the efficiency of productivity and performance.
Ministry also sets up units and organizing events such as youth centers, youth camps, youth hostels, the Kuwaiti Club for the Crippled, etc. to cater to the needs of people from all walks of the society.
The Ministry of Social affairs and Labor of Kuwait also sets up institutions such as cooperatives and agricultural and productive societies.