Maysa Jalbout, chief executive of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education.

UAE fund to roll out online classes

The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), the $1.1bn fund that seeks to give 15,000 young Arabs access to university by 2026, has inked a deal with a leading US college to bring online and blended courses to the Middle East. The launch of the open learning programme, in […]

May 22, 2016 News

Dubai bank to aid low-income Muslims with $13m fund

Emirates Islamic Bank, the sharia-compliant arm of Dubai’s largest lender Emirates NBD, on Tuesday launched a $13m charitable fund to disburse money to needy Muslims in the emirate. The fund, which is part-financed by zakat contributions, will support low-income UAE residents with food and housing costs, and access to healthcare […]

May 18, 2016 News
Pramod Varma, chief architect, Aadhaar

Digital tools speed subsidies, services to India’s poor

India’s experiment with digital tools could help fast-track financial inclusion and put basic services into the hands of the poorest, according to one industry expert. Pramod Varma, chief architect of a national biometric ID system, Aadhaar, that aims to ensure state-backed subsidies such as food and fuel rations reach their […]

May 17, 2016 News
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Gates Foundation gives $38m grant to Takeda polio vaccine

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Japan-based drugmaker, is to get $38m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an affordable polio vaccine for use in developing countries. The funding is part of a global push to eradicate the paralysing disease, in part by providing vaccines at low-cost to poorer countries. […]

May 10, 2016 News
Kuwait-based Kora Bora is among the NGO's partnering with UNICEF to help vulnerable Syrian children

Playtime helps educate Syria’s out-of-school children

The UN children’s agency is using life-skill programmes to help plug the education gap for out-of-school Syrian refugee children, and provide support for traumatised youth. UNICEF’s Makani scheme – meaning ‘my space’ – aims to reach more than 90,000 boys and girls aged between six and 18-years-old across Jordan. Run by NGO […]

May 8, 2016 News
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