Watch: inside the fight to end modern slavery

Watch: inside the fight to end modern slavery

From the bricks that make up your house, to the carpets inside; the cotton you wear each day and the prawns you eat for dinner – each of these items might be the products of modern-day slavery, made by vulnerable people whose labour is exploited by others. Globally, more than […]

October 1, 2015 News
Some 8,000 youth volunteers with NGO Magic Bus help mentor children across India to build soft skills, stay in school and break out of poverty. Credit: Magic Bus/ Jaspal Singh

NGO targets India’s soft skills gap

Ruby Yadav is career-oriented and confident. For an 18-year-old woman from Bhalaswa JJ Colony, north Delhi, this is an incredible feat. Focus, self-confidence and – crucially – sticking with education are lessons she has learned and is passing on to the next generation. For some five years she has volunteered […]

September 28, 2015 News
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Long-term aid vital for Yemen’s ‘forgotten’ crisis

Yemen risks becoming a “forgotten humanitarian crisis”, with food security, social cohesion and opportunities for youth the most pressing needs in the next few years, an aid expert has warned. Immediate humanitarian aid and food is needed for Yemen’s suffering people caught up in a seven month conflict, but long-term […]

September 27, 2015 News
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Arabic-language site gives Syrian refugees chance to earn

A website hopes to bolster the earning capacity of displaced Syrians by pairing refugees with foreign students learning Arabic for online tutoring. NaTakallam, which means ‘we speak’ in Arabic, is a nonprofit partnership with Beirut-based NGO SAWA. The platform recruits Syrians as conversation partners to help those looking to improve their Arabic skills […]

September 22, 2015 News
The Stars Foundation, backed by Saudi Arabia's Al Dabbagh Group, supports NGOs in countries with the highest under-five mortality rate. Credit: Sam Phelps/ Stars Foundation

Free online school sets sights on nonprofit sector

In the first initiative of its kind globally, Saudi Arabia’s Al Dabbagh Group is seeking to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing non-government organisations (NGOs) globally: human capacity. The group has set up Philanthropy University, a free online education platform aimed at supporting the NGO community worldwide. The university, […]

September 21, 2015 News
Early reading and literacy programs contribute to long-term development. Credit: USAID Africa Bureau

Want to boost your economy? Tackle illiteracy

Illiteracy is a global problem affecting 757 million adults and some 115 million youth, across all economic and geographical sectors. Whether it is reading the label on medicine or food, filling out a job application, or comparing the costs of two items to work out which is the best value, […]

September 20, 2015 News
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More please! Musical proves hit for Syrian refugee children

A sell-out Arabic production of the musical Oliver! by Syrian and Jordanian children in Amman showcased talent and the power of drama to help refugees overcome isolation and bring communities together. For four nights in early September, 40 children aged 4 to 16 joined a small cast of professional actors […]

September 13, 2015 News
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Child death rates halve since 1990, but UN target missed

Children are half as likely to die before their fifth birthday now then they were in 1990, show new estimates from four leading agencies, including UNICEF. Mortality figures for this age group have plummeted from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015, an improvement of 53 […]

September 13, 2015 News
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Tech takes aim at global water shortages

In the streets of Hubli, Dharwad, Mysore and Bangalore, all in India’s Karnataka state people – mostly women – are saving time and sharing data as they find a more efficient way to cope with erratic water supplies. These people are the frontline users of a new smartphone application called […]

September 7, 2015 News
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