One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. Credit: UN Women

Ending violence against women everywhere

‘It is not acceptable, it is not inevitable and it can be prevented.’ These are the words of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Yet one in three women and girls will be subjected to such attacks in their […]

November 25, 2015 News
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Charity turns to tech to reach Syria’s out-of-school children

  A global children’s charity is turning to technology to spur the delivery of more targeted education to Syrian refugees displaced by war, and unable to attend school. UK-based Save the Children plans to launch a programme in 2016 that uses digital tools to gauge the level of education among […]

November 24, 2015 News
In December 2013, the storm Alexa hit the Middle East affecting 120,000 Syrian refugees living in filmsy tents in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Credit: UNHCR / A. McConnell

Winter closes in for Syria’s refugees

The UN’s refugee agency is calling on donors and individuals to dig deep and help raise funds for the 15 million displaced in the region as winter approaches. UNHCR’s winter appeal, launched yesterday, aims to protect the most vulnerable families in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Syria from winter storms, […]

November 19, 2015 News
The WFP has been a key recipient of GCC philanthropy. Credit: WFP/Marco Frattini

UAE leads GCC in million-dollar philanthropy

The UAE is the source of more $1m-plus donations than any other GCC state, according to a new report, with foreign charities one of the dominant destinations for high-stakes philanthropists. The UAE accounted for 38 per cent of the $894m donated in 2014 from GCC-based philanthropists, found the annual Coutts […]

November 18, 2015 News
Dumyé founder Sahar Wahbeh, pictured during a doll-designing workshop. Credit: Dumyé

GCC social enterprises take aim at $1m prize

Social entrepreneurs in the Gulf have a shot at claiming a share of $1 million in funding through The Venture, a global competition targeting startups with a social purpose. Now in its second year, The Venture finds candidates through a series of regional competition rounds, taking in the GCC, and […]

November 11, 2015 News
The Emirates Airline Foundation supports a range of projects, including a hospital ship, and a school and orphanage in rural Uganda, Africa. Credit: EAF/Federico Miccioni

Flying high: the Emirates Airline Foundation

Jonathan Bender, secretary general of the Emirates Airline Foundation, talks hospital ships, aiding the underdog and why the nonprofit has no plans to partner with global NGOs.  How did the foundation begin? It was 10 years ago. The airline’s president Sir Tim Clark and chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al […]

November 9, 2015 News
A panel discussion during the Youth Philanthropy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Finance shake-up key to aiding nonprofits

Traditional grant-giving has its benefits, but coming up with new financial tools to tackle the needs of nonprofits and social enterprises is crucial, experts say. “The idea of just giving grants is not as impressive anymore,” said Tamer Makary, executive director of the Magrabi Foundation. “What’s impressive is using your […]

October 30, 2015 News
UAE minister of state Reem Al Hashimy addresses delegates at the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit.

Nations facing existential crisis on youth unemployment

A global youth employment vacuum is presenting world economies with an “existential crisis”, as governments fail to create sufficient opportunities for young generations, UAE minister of state Reem Al Hashimy told a philanthropy summit in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. With some 3.5 billion people aged over 15 likely to be […]

October 29, 2015 News
Badr Jafar addresses delegates at the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit. Credit: Emirates Foundation

Think like a business, nonprofits told

Better governance is key to improving effectiveness in the philanthropic sector, but also to boosting regular, predictable and long-term funding, an industry summit was told on Tuesday. Nonprofit organisations can foster trust from donors and the wider public by applying business principles, such as measuring impact and sharing results, said […]

October 28, 2015 News
The Arab Giving Survey offers the first comprehensive snapshot of giving in the GCC.

Arab Giving Survey: five lessons for intelligent giving

Whether you’re giving time, money or goods in kind, a donation is a personal decision. In the GCC charitable gifts of any kind are done quietly, with little fanfare and no obligation. The Arab Giving Survey has lifted the lid on the donation practices of Arabs in the GCC and, […]

October 26, 2015 News