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Barcode tool could save vital funds for UN agency

A system that uses barcodes to track relief packages for refugees is helping to cut costs and speed up distribution of aid items, a United Nations agency said. The pilot scheme, called Liveconnect, is in its final stages of testing in refugee camps in Ethiopia by the UN High Commissioner […]

December 16, 2014 News
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UN resumes food aid to Syrians after $80m push

The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food aid to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries after raising more than $80m during a three-day social media campaign. Some 1.7 million refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers topped up in December, enabling […]

December 10, 2014 News
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Children’s charity faces $4m funding crunch

A children’s charity has appealed to Arab donors to help fill a EUR3.5m ($4.4m) funding shortfall for a campaign offering emergency aid to Palestinians. SOS Children’s Villages, which cares for orphaned and abandoned children, said its resources have been stretched to breaking point by ongoing conflicts in Gaza, Palestine and […]

November 30, 2014 News
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UAE funds third of healthcare in Syrian refugee camps

Through contributions to the United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR, the UAE covered more than 30 per cent of the cost of all health needs at two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan between January and September 2014, the UNHCR said in a statement today. In 2014, the UAE’s government made a […]

November 23, 2014 News
A day wage labourer carries a load of bricks in the brick kiln in Baruhuaa village in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The workers are entitled to get INR180 ($3) per 1,000 bricks, but the contractor only gives INR 80 - INR 100 ($1.25 - $1.70). Credit: Sanjit Das/Legatum Limited 2014

India tops global slavery index, with 14m enslaved

Some 14 million people in India are enslaved, deprived of their liberty and exploited, with the Asian country topping a global poll of modern day slavery. The annual Global Slavery Index estimated 35.8 million globally are enslaved, some 20 per cent more than last year. The top five countries in […]

November 19, 2014 News

Child rights overlooked by big business, finds MENA forum

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is dead and businesses should shift instead towards looking at their impact on society – and particularly children – as part of daily business rather than an add-on, according to one of the Middle East’s leading investment firms. “There has been a slow but sure shift […]

November 17, 2014 News
Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International

Conflicts setting MENA back in child rights, says Amnesty’s Shetty

Despite progress that has been made in the Middle East and North Africa region with regard to children’s rights over the past 50 years, war and conflict across a number of nations are undermining these efforts, according to Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International. “The problem is we are […]

November 16, 2014 News
According to Brookings, some 8.5 million children and youth remain out of school across the Arab world. Credit: A White

Arab agencies to aid in tackling global education funding shortfall

Aid agencies in the Arab world ploughed more than $1.9bn into education between 2010 and 2012 and could play a critical role in closing a funding gap in the sector, experts say. The Islamic Development Bank and the Saudi Fund for Development were the largest donors in the two-year period, […]

November 12, 2014 News
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Open data push aims to maximise philanthropy

Online portal is deploying open data to help philanthropists gain greater insight to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Aimed at donors, but free for all to use, the site is intended to increase awareness of WASH issues, while promoting collaboration and strategic decisionmaking. WASHfunders aggregates data, research […]

November 10, 2014 News
ALJCI claims to have created more than 465,000 job opportunities since its launch in 2003. Credit: ALJCI

Private firms urged to help tackle Arab youth unemployment

Job creation to address the Arab world’s soaring youth unemployment is the region’s most pressing problem and private firms should do more to help, according to the head of a Saudi-based non-profit. “The first challenge on which we [should] focus is the unemployment issue,” said Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood, managing director, […]

November 9, 2014 News