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Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict in Syria. Credit: UNHCR

Donors pledge $3.8bn for Syria crisis at ‘tipping point’

International donors yesterday pledged $3.8bn for desperate Syrians at a UN conference hosted by the Gulf state of Kuwait. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, warned the gathering of 50 states that the Syrian war had reached a dangerous tipping point with refugees increasingly desperate. The Syrian crisis […]

April 1, 2015 News

Complex crises pushing NGOs beyond capabilities, says relief organisation

Conflicts in the Middle East are increasingly being played out in urban areas, where massive infrastructure damage leaves relief organisations juggling emergency response and long-term development, according to an NGO. The rise in the number of protracted crises in cities and towns across the region means NGOs engaged in disaster […]

March 29, 2015 News
Syrians are now the biggest refugee community under UNHCR's mandate, excluding Palestinians.

Syria, Iraq conflicts push asylum numbers to 22-year high

Wars in Syria and Iraq, coupled with armed conflicts, human rights abuses and worsening security conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialised countries to their highest in 22 years in 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said today. The number of new asylum applications registered […]

March 26, 2015 News
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

World must tackle hunger to end poverty, says Princess Haya

The world must redouble its efforts to solve the root causes of poverty and foster opportunity in poorer economies, a humanitarian summit in Dubai heard Tuesday. Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said […]

March 25, 2015 News
A drive to tackle the problem of bonded labour in Tamil Nadu will educate workers about their rights. Photo credit: ETI

Anti-slavery charity targets India’s garment industry in $2.7m push

A $2.7m investment from the C&A Foundation will be used to battle the scourge of bonded labour in India’s garment industry. Signed in the first week of March, the investment deal will see the Swiss-headquartered foundation work in partnership with the Freedom Fund, to establish a three-year pilot programme in […]

March 17, 2015 News
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, Nigeria. Credit: GESF

Education is weapon in battle against terror, says Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria, said education is a critical weapon in the battle against terrorism and world leaders must do more to guard against deadly attacks on children in schools. He made the remarks during a panel discussion on how best to protect schools and students at […]

March 16, 2015 News
Extended conflicts in Syria and Palestine require long-term thinking, Save the Children's Soha Ellaithy said. Credit: STC

GCC states must shift Syria aid focus to prepare for long-term

GCC states must shift their funding focus from emergency to long-term development aid for children caught within regional conflicts, the Gulf head of a global children’s charity said. Money from Gulf countries underpins much of the humanitarian activity in the region, including in Syria and Palestine. But more needs to […]

March 11, 2015 News
A young girl pictured in a UNHCR refugee camp in Lebanon.

‘Educate a girl, empower a nation.’ International Women’s Day, in quotes

Around the world, women are making huge strides as leaders, innovators and wage-earners. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015, we hear from global leaders, celebrities and businesspeople on why gender equality and the empowerment of women in every corner of the world is critical for a bright, stable future. “I’ve […]

March 8, 2015 News
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International Women’s Day 2015: closing the gap

In 1995, delegates and world leaders at the Beijing Conference on Women made the landmark pledge that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Twenty years on, the actions that arose from that meeting have guided interventions towards achieving full equality for women and girls. The […]

March 8, 2015 News
Last year's Israeli offensive damaged or destroyed 96,000 Palestinian refugee family homes. Credit: UNRWA

Gazans struggle as cash crisis worsens

The consequences of suspending UNRWA’s cash assistance programme in Gaza, which was aimed at helping tens of thousands of people with rebuilding homes and provide rental subsidies for the homeless, have been “dramatic”, according to Chris Gunness, the agency’s spokesperson. “Since the conflict started in Gaza we have received $335m […]

March 3, 2015 News