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

Syrian refugees at growing risk of child labour

Child labour is on the rise among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, with donors paying too little attention to this growing scourge, anti-slavery experts have warned. More than 1 million Syrians have crossed the border to Lebanon, where they make up a quarter of the country’s population. With few ways to […]

April 21, 2016 News
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Airbnb offers free shelter to aid workers

Airbnb, the home and room-renting site, is helping to supply free accommodation to aid workers responding to the refugee crisis in southern Europe. The San Francisco-based portal connects hosts with staff at global relief agencies Mercy Corps and International Rescue Committee helping to support refugees in Europe. By leveraging its network […]

April 21, 2016 News
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair: Credit: Bahr Karim

UAE family unveils $1.1bn education fund

A UAE foundation launched Wednesday plans to invest $1.1bn to give low-income young Arabs access to university, and the skills needed to thrive in the workforce. The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) aims to propel at least 15,000 bright, but excluded, Arabs into tertiary education in the Middle […]

April 20, 2016 News
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the world's largest private philanthropic foundation

Qatar gives $50m to Gates-backed anti-poverty fund

The Qatar Development Fund on Wednesday pledged $50m to a pool of funds designed to help unlock capital for some of the world’s poorest Islamic countries. The gift edges the Lives and Livelihoods Fund (LLF) – a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Saudi-based Islamic […]

April 14, 2016 News
Lack of jobs drives terrorist recruitment, says survey

Lack of jobs drives terrorist recruitment, says survey

A chronic lack of jobs and economic hardship is seen to be the primary driver behind young people joining Islamic State, a poll of youth across the Arab world has found. More than 20 per cent of Arab youth said widespread unemployment helped to feed terrorism recruitment, according to the […]

April 12, 2016 News
UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Credit: UN Women/Jennifer S. Altman

Media coalition in push for women’s rights

UN Women, the United Nations agency fighting for gender equality, has unveiled a coalition with leading global media players to take action against sexism, with Philanthropy Age as a founding member. The deal, launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, saw 35 print, broadcast and online […]

March 23, 2016 News
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Credit: Dubai Cares

Go public with your giving, urges Dubai ruler

A global consultancy launched by the ruler of Dubai is set to offer free advice to philanthropists in an effort to persuade more local donors to go public with their pledges. The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC), launched on Tuesday, will specialise in awqaf – assets […]

March 23, 2016 News
2016 Global Teacher Prize winner Hanan Al Hroub with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, and Varkey Foundation founder Sunny Varkey. Credit: Global Education and Skills Forum

Palestinian teacher wins $1m global prize

Palestinian high school teacher Hanan Al Hroub has won this year’s $1m Global Teacher Prize for her novel approach to reducing violent behaviour of traumatised school children and helping them to learn. Now in its second year, the prize – awarded by the Dubai-based Varkey Foundation – aims to shine […]

March 14, 2016 News
UAE-based nonprofit Endeavor UAE helps mentor high impact entrepreneurs. Credit: Endeavor

Investors on the hunt for GCC startup talent

The fundraising landscape for GCC startups is shifting as private investors loosen the purse strings in search of local, scalable companies, experts said Tuesday. In the wake of multimillion-dollar fundraising rounds, such as those by UAE-based e-commerce sites Mumzworld and, the industry is nearing a tipping point, said Dany […]

March 2, 2016 News
Entrepreneurs in conversation at an Endeavor event.

Startups face obstacle course to growth

Startups can help drive the aggressive job creation the GCC needs to support its youth population, but more must be done to topple the barriers to finance and scale faced by local entrepreneurs, experts said. Entrepreneurs suffer from high startup costs, licensing fees and a risk-averse banking system reluctant to […]

February 29, 2016 News