Some 1.5 billion people worldwide, nearly half of whom are children, suffer from neglected tropical diseases. Credit: The END Fund

Fight against tropical diseases at tipping point

A leading funder of the fight against trachoma, guinea worm and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has said NTDs could be eradicated by 2030 with timely investments from private donors. More than 800 million people afflicted by NTDs were reached by healthcare agencies in 2014, but more funds are needed […]

January 27, 2015 News
Bill and Melinda Gates, Mapinga, Tanzania, 2011. Credit: BMGF.

Bill Gates predicts historic improvement in lives of world’s poor

The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster than at any other period in human history and better than anyone else’s during the next 15 years, Bill and Melinda Gates forecast in their 2015 annual letter, issued by their namesake philanthropic foundation. The duo identified four areas of […]

January 22, 2015 News
The Middle East and North Africa region is most exposed to the threat of water crises. Credit: WEF

Water crises top global risk, warns WEF

Threats from flooding, drought and inadequate water supplies pose the greatest threat to global economies over the next 10 years, with the Middle East North and Africa region (MENA) least prepared for the challenge, the World Economic Forum said. The Geneva-based agency’s annual global risk report named water crises as […]

January 19, 2015 News
Winter storms have seen temperatures plunge in Syria and neighbouring countries. Credit: UNHCR/A McConnell

UAE raises $44m for snow-hit refugees

The UAE has raised AED163m ($44.4m) in the first days of a drive to deliver lifesaving aid to 1 million refugees as bitter winter storms sweep the Levant. The Tarahamu – or ‘show compassion’ – campaign aims to raise emergency funds for refugees facing sub-zero temperatures in camps across the […]

January 11, 2015 News
Participants at Gaza Sky Geeks' Startup Weekend last year. Credit: Magic Lens/Mercy Corps

Gaza’s only startup accelerator fights for survival

Gaza’s first and only startup accelerator is seeking to raise up to $1.5m through a crowdfunding pitch in a bid to secure its future and that of the young entrepreneurs it supports. Gaza Sky Geeks, which launched in 2011 with a $900,000 grant from Google, is appealing to GCC residents […]

January 8, 2015 News
Syrians are now the biggest refugee community under UNHCR's mandate, excluding Palestinians.

Middle East conflict stokes growth in world’s displaced

The number of new people forced to flee violence around the globe rose to an estimated 5.5 million during the first half of 2014, as large areas of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere suffered war and conflict, the UNHCR said Wednesday. In total, there were 13 million refugees under […]

January 7, 2015 News
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Development and International Cooperation.

UAE is top humanitarian spender in rich nations club

The UAE is of the world’s leading aid donors, contributing $5.4bn to poorer nations in 2013 and bypassing the UN recommended target of giving 0.7 per cent of income. The Gulf state gave 1.34 per cent of its national income to development aid, data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation […]

January 6, 2015 News

‘Ghost ship’ spurs call for European action on migrants

A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with more than 350 Syrians on board has prompted urgent calls for European nations to open up legal alternatives to dangerous sea crossings for refugees. The Ezadeen, a vessel licensed only to carry livestock, was rescued and towed to Italy on Saturday after […]

January 4, 2015 News
One in nine of the world's population goes to bed hungry every night, according to the World Food Programme. Credit: WFP.

Dubai firm taps diners in fight against global hunger

A Dubai-based conglomerate is reaching out to diners as part of a corporate social responsibility campaign designed to help fight hunger worldwide. The Al Aroud Group teamed up with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to launch the Eat & Feed campaign last year, to raise money for the UN […]

December 26, 2014 News
Credit: Global Financial Integrity

Developing nations losing $1 trillion a year in dirty money: report

Crime and corruption are siphoning a record $1 trillion a year from developing and emerging nations and pinching economic growth in some of the world’s poorest regions, a report from a US-based watchdog showed. A record $991bn in illicit capital left 151 poor and middle-income nations in 2012, with Asia […]

December 22, 2014 News