Jyotirgamaya eye training centre, India. Credit: Orbis/ Rosie Croysdale

Qatar eyes $8m vision for better health

The Qatar Development Fund (QDF), the Gulf country’s foreign aid arm, has invested $8m in a new initiative to improve eye care in South Asia and prevent children from needlessly going blind. The QDF backed four-year programme, launched Sunday, will help three eye charities train local medical staff in India […]

June 22, 2016 News
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Record 65m refugees displaced by conflict: UN

A record 65.3 million people are on the run worldwide as protracted humanitarian crises grind on and political gridlock slows help for refugees. By end-2015, one in every 113 people globally was either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee, up from 1 in 122 in 2014, according to the […]

June 20, 2016 News
The Global Fund has financed projects to tackle malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in 50 of the 57 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries. Credit: The Global Fund/ Tanya Habjouqa

Disease fears prompt launch of Middle East fund

The Global Fund, a Switzerland-based financing organisation, is set to launch a new, pan-regional fund this July to tackle malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS in the Middle East. The initiative is part of a $70m push to drive back these diseases as war heightens the risk of increased infections and […]

June 15, 2016 News
Education: a casualty of war

Education: a casualty of war

The deliberate destruction of schools in times of war is shameful, and a direct attack on our children’s futures. It is time to fight back, writes Qatar’s Sheikha Moza The Mediterranean Sea has been a longstanding observer of human history, bearing witness to the first voyages across the water, the […]

June 12, 2016 News
The modern slavery industry is estimated to generate $150bn a year. Credit: Atul Loke/Legatum Limited 2015

Nearly 46 million living as slaves: report

Nearly 46 million people globally are living in modern slavery with India the worst offender in terms of absolute numbers, according to the third Global Slavery Index, an annual report which lays bare the scale of exploitation faced by millions around the world. The index, released by the Australia-based Walk […]

June 2, 2016 News
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud is the founder of Riyadh-based Kingdom Holding Co and a long-standing philanthropist. Credit: Kingdom Holding

Gulf billionaires swell ranks of Giving Pledge

A further 17 billionaires, including Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and the UAE-based entrepreneur PNC Menon, on Wednesday pledged to give away at least half their fortunes in a philanthropic campaign led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. A total of 154 billionaires have now joined the Giving Pledge, […]

June 1, 2016 News
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Seeking a better recipe for clean cookstoves

Aduri Rani Rajbangshi lives in Mazirdia, a village not far from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. With seven mouths to feed she was always cooking – using a traditional clay oven. “It created lots of smoke and needed lots of fuel,” she says. “It was very difficult to stay for long in […]

June 1, 2016 News
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture and Youth Development. Credit: WFP

Youth joblessness is risk to Arab stability: minister

Sky-high youth unemployment poses a risk to stable Arab economies and more must be done to unlock skilled jobs for the region’s young men and women, the UAE’s minister of culture and knowledge development said Wednesday. “No country in the Middle East and North Africa can claim success in both […]

May 26, 2016 News
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