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Conflict in MENA puts 13m children out of school, UNICEF says

Conflict in MENA puts 13m children out of school, UNICEF says

Escalating conflict and political turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are preventing 13.7 million children from going to school, a UNICEF report released today showed. The figure represents 40 per cent of the total number of 34 million school-age children in the region. The report, titled […]

September 3, 2015 News
Some 4 million people have fled the conflict in Syria, many seeking refuge in neighbouring Arab states Lebanon and Jordan

Consulting firm Geneva Global eyes $10m fund to aid Syrian refugees

Geneva Global, a consulting company with expertise in international development, plans to launch a fund to assist Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon in an effort to offer a more sustainable solution to their plight. “It seems to me this Syrian crisis needs some new thinking. We are interested in […]

August 30, 2015 News
Jackie Sofia and Noora Sharrab, founders of Sitti Soap.

Jordanian social enterprise Sitti scents success

A social enterprise in Jordan is betting on the soap business to boost confidence and provide reliable income for Palestinian women refugees, in a region where need outstrips charitable supply. Sitti Soap Company began selling artisanal, olive oil-based soaps this summer in a bid to create an income stream for […]

August 23, 2015 News
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Middle East businesses step up to get youth into work

Middle East businesses are stepping up to plug the skills gap left by education and stagnant economies for the region’s youth, as they try to shrink unemployment and prepare young people for work. With Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economies growing too slowly to absorb the region’s youth bulge, […]

August 11, 2015 News
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UN’s Youth Day targets civic engagement

With the global youth population at an historic high, there is a great need to harness young people’s creative energy for the betterment of society, and none more so than in the Middle East. In a bid to take advantage of such youthful demographics, this year’s UN-backed International Youth Day […]

August 10, 2015 News
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Next generation aid worker academy set to open doors

A global charity is set to open the first of 10 humanitarian training centres in the autumn, in a bid to boost understaffed crisis response teams who face a rising number of complex global disasters. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA), spearheaded by charity Save the Children, aims to train 100,000 […]

August 9, 2015 News
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Heat hits refugees hard as summer weather adds to suffering

Heat waves and sandstorms are making a tough summer season harder for some of the region’s most vulnerable people, including refugees in Jordan already weakened by cuts to food aid. “It’s extremely hot, and as severe dust storms swept through Zaatari [refugee] camp Monday, the weather is impacting families,” explained […]

August 5, 2015 News
Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman of Dubai's Al Habtoor Group, launched his foundation in 2012. Credit: Laurence Tissot

Dubai’s Al Habtoor Foundation donates AED2m for UAE students

The Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Foundation (KAHF), run by one of Dubai’s biggest family business conglomerates, has committed AED2m ($544,492) to boost learning resources and technology available for public school students in the UAE. The funds will be funneled to INDEMAJ, a non-governmental organisation under the patronage of Princess Haya […]

August 4, 2015 News
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UN sets new global poverty agenda

UN states have agreed new global targets to tackle poverty and its root causes over the next 15 years. Finalising the Sustainable Development Goals concludes two years of negotiations between the 193 UN member states and civil society on 17 ambitious targets that aim to wipe out extreme poverty, promote […]

August 3, 2015 News
MOAS' privately-funded sea rescue mission saved 5,500 lives in the three months to July 2015. Credit: MOAS.EU/ Jason Florio

Millionaires’ sea rescue mission saves lives of 5,500 migrants

A privately funded search and rescue mission that seeks to save migrants stranded in the Mediterranean sea has saved more than 5,500 lives this year, the charity behind the mission said. Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) restarted operations for migrants attempting to reach Europe’s borders by sea in […]

July 30, 2015 News