Mohammed Dewji, group CEO of Tanzania-based MeTL Group, is set to give away $100m of his fortune. Credit: MeTL Group

Tanzanian billionaire to give away $100m through foundation

Mohammed Dewji, head of the $1.25bn MeTL Group and an MP in Tanzania, is set to launch a foundation in May to give away $100m of his fortune. Dewji – ranked 31st richest person in Africa last year by Forbes – plans to gift around $2m from his fortune to […]

April 20, 2015 News
Responsible business drives job creation, say experts

Responsible business drives job creation, say experts

Businesses around the globe face a choice: be part of society’s problems or be part of the solution, according to experts. Well-run, transparent businesses can have a major social benefit for communities, particularly when it comes to creating jobs, said Badr Jafar, founder, the Pearl Initiative, co-host of the Corporate […]

April 19, 2015 News
From left: Endeavor UAE board member Souheil Hajjar, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Trust and Endeavor entrepreneur Michael Lahyani, founder and CEO of

Wanted: UAE entrepreneurs for social impact

The UAE chapter of global business accelerator Endeavor plans to expand its portfolio of entrepreneurs from 10 to 15 by the year-end as it seeks to support job creation in the Middle East. The non-profit, whose mentors offer support to budding entrepreneurs and small-and-medium-sized businesses, believes social impact-led companies could […]

April 16, 2015 News
Genny Ghanimeh's Pi Slice has helped raise money for 200 micro-entrepreneurs in MENA since 2012. Credit: Pi Slice

Microfinance player Pi Slice plans growth in GCC, North Africa

Dubai-based microfinance website Pi Slice will add three new countries to its roster this year, so budding entrepreneurs in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia can access small-scale funds to start a business. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-focused crowdfunding site allows individuals and corporations to lend small amounts of money […]

April 5, 2015 News
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