A day wage labourer carries a load of bricks in the brick kiln in Baruhuaa village, India. Credit: Sanjit Das/Legatum Limited 2014

Global children’s charity commits $10m to combating slavery

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a leading private charity with more than $4bn in assets, pledged $10m on Monday in support of global efforts to fight slavery and the exploitation of minors. The money will be released over five years to The Freedom Fund, a private donor fund dedicated to […]

July 27, 2015 News
A young Syrian refugee in a camp in Lebanon. More than 7.6 million people have been forced from their homes within Syria, and a further 4 million have fled the country.

Water crisis in Aleppo leaves children vulnerable to disease

An ongoing water crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo, coupled with an intense heat wave, has left thousands of children susceptible to water-borne disease, the UN’s child agency UNICEF said. “These water cuts came at the worst possible time, while Syrians are suffering in an intense summer heat wave,” […]

July 22, 2015 News
Typhoon Haiyan devastated large swathes of the Philippines when it struck in November 2013 (Image: IFRC)

Disasters force 20m from their homes in 2014

Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes by floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a trend driven by worsening climate change and urbanisation, but which could be slowed by better planning, a report said Monday. Asia, the worst affected region globally, saw 16.7 million people displaced by […]

July 21, 2015 News

Cairo nonprofit gives lifeline to Egypt’s young social entrepreneurs

Cairo-based Misr El-Kheir (MEK) Foundation is helping Egyptian youth with innovative ideas and a social impact slant to get their projects off the ground. Through the initiative GESR (Governorate Economic and Social Revival), the nonprofit provides seed funding to businesses that can tackle some of the country’s biggest challenges, from […]

July 19, 2015 News
Yasmine El Baggari, 22, believes hospitality is a means to bridge cultures.

Morrocan entrepreneur plans new wave of cultural exchange

Yasmine El Baggari wants to change the world, one face-to-face encounter at a time. The 22-year-old Moroccan social entrepreneur is the brains behind Voyaj, an enterprise intended to match like-minded travellers worldwide, with the hope of helping them to share experiences, cultures and beliefs. Based around an online platform, the […]

July 14, 2015 News
The Domiz Refugee Camp, located near Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Credit: UNHCR/B.Sokol

Funding gap leaves Iraq in grip of humanitarian crisis

As worsening humanitarian crises globally compete for a limited pool of funding, Iraq’s needs have been largely overlooked with violence flaring up in Syria and Yemen, according to an international humanitarian agency. Suad Jarbawi, humanitarian response director for Mercy Corps in Iraq, said an immediate influx of aid was needed […]

July 9, 2015 News
UNICEF estimates there are two million children currently living outside Syria as refugees.

Fears for Syria’s lost generation escalate amid funding gap

With 2.7 million children currently out of school and many of them forced to join the labour market to support their impoverished families, Syrians are facing the threat of a lost generation amplified by the country’s deteriorating humanitarian crisis and lack of funding. A recent report by the UN’s children […]

July 8, 2015 News
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, CEO of the UAE's Mashreqbank. Credit: Bahr Karim

UAE’s Al Ghurair gifts third of assets to educate Arab youth

Abdullah Ahmad Al Ghurair, one of the UAE’s biggest family business owners, has donated a third of his assets to setting up a foundation that will provide scholarships for underprivileged Arab youth. The Abdullah Al Ghurair Education Foundation, announced Tuesday, aims to help at least 15,000 promising Arab youth pursue […]

July 7, 2015 News
Children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year’s conflict are still showing signs of severe emotional distress and seven out of 10 suffer regular nightmares, says Save the Children. Credit: Save the Children

One year on, Gaza children still bear scars of war

Gaza’s youngest residents still bear the consequences of last summer’s war with Israel, with many showing higher levels of trauma and poor mental health than would be expected one year after the conflict. Children caught up in the conflict still suffer from severe nightmares, bedwetting, withdrawal, and poor school attendance, […]

July 6, 2015 News
A schoolgirl washes her hands in the Domiz refugee camp. Iraq. Over 90 per cent of the world's population have access to clean water, but a third still manage without toilets. Credit: UNICEF/Schermbrucker

World’s poorest still lack access to toilets, report finds

About 2.4 billion people, or roughly a third of the world’s population still lack access to proper toilets, threatening to reverse gains made in tackling waterborne diseases, according to a report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. More than 90 per cent of the world population has access to […]

July 3, 2015 News