Hundreds of Syrians cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border crossing in Dohuk Governorate. Credit: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

New crises drive aid funding to breaking point: UNHCR

As forced displacement reaches a record high due to wars and conflict, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, called for an urgent rethink of the global humanitarian funding system that is “nearly bankrupt”. Global forced displacement numbers had reached 51.2 million for the first time during the […]

October 1, 2014 News

Micro-lender plans shake-up to meet Middle East needs

After 10 years of operations, Grameen-Jameel, the microcredit lender, is reviewing its operations in order to better suit the needs of the industry in the Middle East and North Africa region and Turkey. The lender, which has been operating for 10 years, may seek new financial institutes to partner with […]

September 29, 2014 News
The bike has been customised by US artist Jack Armstrong. Credit: James Thompson

Auction of $3m bike to help youth in Middle East, North Africa

Final bids will be accepted in Dubai tomorrow for a $3m luxury art bike, with proceeds from the auction going to aid youth in the Middle East and North Africa. The bike, a one-off design customised by the US artist Jack Armstrong, will be sold in a silent auction in […]

September 29, 2014 News
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UAE ranked as Gulf’s top humanitarian donor

The UAE was the largest humanitarian donor in the Gulf region between 2009 and 2013, having provided $809m in humanitarian assistance, according to a new study. Over the five-year period, the country was ranked 18th largest government donor worldwide. Saudi Arabia was the second largest Gulf donor, giving $709m over the […]

September 11, 2014 News
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Dubai-based foundation injects $150,000 into new Ebola Crisis Fund

The Dubai-based Legatum Foundation has donated $150,000 to kick-start an Ebola Crisis Fund to help stem the spread of the deadly disease sweeping West Africa, by boosting local organisations raising awareness of transmission and infection. The Ebola Crisis Fund aims to raise $1m in three months for community-based organisations to […]

September 7, 2014 News
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Saudi Arabia contributes $149m to feed displaced Iraqis

Saudi Arabia has contributed nearly $149m to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to scale up food aid and relief to Iraqis facing the worst food security situation since the early 1990s, according to the UN. The donation, announced on Tuesday, means WFP can provide food to Christian and Muslim […]

August 21, 2014 News
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UN extends food aid in Syria, but more than half a million remain out of reach

The UN’s food agency delivered supplies to 3.7 million besieged Syrians last month, up 8 per cent on the 3.4 million reached in June; but more than half a million people remain out of reach. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered food rations to an extra 300,000 people, trapped […]

August 6, 2014 News
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UAE gives $12m for suffering Syrians

The UAE has agreed to give more than AED44m ($12m) to UN agencies for health, water and sanitation services, for Syrians now enduring their fourth year of conflict. The donations will help around 115,000 Syrians including 58,000 children and 30,000 women, according to the UAE’s Ministry of International Cooperation and […]

July 20, 2014 News
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Urbanisation: growing pains

With the world’s urban population set to soar by 2.5 billion by 2050, meeting the needs of growing cities is a vital development challenge of the 21st century, according to the UN. Figures from the latest UN report on urbanisation predict the global proportion of city dwellers will rise to […]

July 16, 2014 News
IDB and Gates Foundation launch $2.5bn anti-poverty fund

IDB and Gates Foundation launch $2.5bn anti-poverty fund

The Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a $2.5bn sharia-compliant fund to disburse loans supporting global health and agriculture programmes, as well as infrastructure development to serve the most vulnerable. The tie-up was announced at an event in Jeddah […]

June 30, 2014 News