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UAE gives $12m for suffering Syrians

The UAE has agreed to give more than AED44m ($12m) to UN agencies for health, water and sanitation services, for Syrians now enduring their fourth year of conflict. The donations will help around 115,000 Syrians including 58,000 children and 30,000 women, according to the UAE’s Ministry of International Cooperation and […]

July 20, 2014 News
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Urbanisation: growing pains

With the world’s urban population set to soar by 2.5 billion by 2050, meeting the needs of growing cities is a vital development challenge of the 21st century, according to the UN. Figures from the latest UN report on urbanisation predict the global proportion of city dwellers will rise to […]

July 16, 2014 News
IDB and Gates Foundation launch $2.5bn anti-poverty fund

IDB and Gates Foundation launch $2.5bn anti-poverty fund

The Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a $2.5bn sharia-compliant fund to disburse loans supporting global health and agriculture programmes, as well as infrastructure development to serve the most vulnerable. The tie-up was announced at an event in Jeddah […]

June 30, 2014 News
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UAE commits $5m to UN gender equality agency

The UAE has pledged funding of $5m over two years to support UN efforts to promote women’s empowerment worldwide. It will also host the first Gulf office of UN Women, the organisation responsible for driving UN goals on gender equality, in Abu Dhabi. The UAE announced its package of support […]

June 23, 2014 News
The number of refugees and IDPs worldwide topped 50 million in 2013. Credit: UNHCR/ S. Sisomsack

Global forced displacement tops 50 million people, says UN refugee agency

The number of people forced to flee their homes has topped 50 million for the first time in the post-World War II era, according to the UN’s refugee agency. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also recorded more new refugees in the last 12 months, than at any time […]

June 20, 2014 News
Angelina Jolie, UNHCR special envoy. Credit: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Time to act against sexual violence in war, says Jolie

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has called for international action to end sexual violence in war and boost support for survivors, as part of a campaign supported by a number of Gulf countries including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. A global summit, held in London, opened yesterday with calls by UK […]

June 11, 2014 News
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Education not early marriage, says report

Girls with no or little education are up to six times more likely to become child brides than girls who finish secondary school in countries where child marriage is rife, according to a new study. Girls with little schooling are far more likely to marry young – before the age […]

May 19, 2014 News
More than 8 million people were newly displaced in their own countries in 2013. Credit: IDMC

Wars drive number of internally displaced people to record high

Wars in Syria, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo helped push the number of people internally displaced by violence and conflict to 33.3 million last year, the highest figure on record, a refugee agency said Wednesday. More than 8 million people were newly displaced in their own countries in […]

May 14, 2014 News
Neglected tropical diseases blight 1.5 billion lives globally. Credit: The MENTOR Initiative

UAE foundation in $1m bid to fight neglected tropical diseases

A UAE-based education foundation has signed a three-year, $1m partnership to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Namibia. Dubai Cares will work with US-based private philanthropic organisation The END Fund, in an effort to tackle a group of diseases that blights 1.5 billion lives globally and keeps hundreds of millions […]

May 1, 2014 News
More than 150 million people worldwide need treatment for trachoma, a leading cause of blindness. Credit: The Carter Center

Dubai Art4Sight auction raises AED1.3m to tackle trachoma

A charity sale of artworks by leading regional artists has raised AED1.3m ($353,000) to tackle trachoma, the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. Thirty-nine artworks by 34 Arab and international artists – including from the UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – went under the hammer on Thursday night as […]

April 27, 2014 News