Haller Foundation field workers use the app to deliver vital agricultural advice to smallholder farmers in Kenya's poverty-stricken rural areas. Credit: Haller Foundation

Agricultural app brings smart farming to Kenya’s rural poor

Each week, Michael Mjomba revs up his motorcycle to ride into Kenya’s rural heartlands and deliver agricultural advice to smallholder farmers. Armed with just a smartphone and a specially designed app, Mjomba, a field officer with the Mombasa branch of the Haller Foundation, offers tips on crops, fertilisers, pests and […]

May 21, 2015 News
Fewer than 10 per cent of those living on less than $2 a day in MENA are reached with a micro loan, says NGO PlaNet Finance. Credit: PlaNet Finance

Microfinance woefully underfunded in Arab world, says expert

Current levels of microfinance in the Middle East cover just a fraction of demand, with Egypt and Palestine the most in need of access to capital for poorer would-be entrepreneurs, according to French economist Jacques Attali. The economist and president of global non-profit PlaNet Finance said there is a “huge […]

May 14, 2015 News
Under-5 mortality rates fell 55 per cent in Cairo, Egypt, between 2000 and 2014. Credit: Save the Children

Egypt blazes a trail in cutting child mortality rates

The number of children in Cairo who die before reaching their fifth birthday has halved thanks to the advent of free or subsidised healthcare for poorer households, according to global charity Save the Children. The city succeeded in cutting overall child mortality by 55 per cent in the 14 years […]

May 12, 2015 News
Credit: Alice Carfrae/ Legatum Limited 2014

India’s slavery victims wait years for justice

Efforts to combat modern slavery with the Indian legal system are plagued by delays, suggests new research, often leaving human traffickers free to reoffend. Convictions can take up to five years to secure in a country where there may be as many as 14 million victims of human trafficking, according […]

May 6, 2015 News
Language barriers contribute to a high drop out rate in Senegal schools. Credit: Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares invests $1.33m in Senegal bilingual education push

Dubai Cares, the emirate’s education foundation, announced today the launch of $1.33 million programme to support Senegal’s bilingual education project for children. The grant will help the Associates in Research and Education for Development (ARED), scale-up the programme to benefit 10,500 children across different regions of the country over a […]

May 5, 2015 News
Young Arabs turn to entrepreneurship as unemployment persists

Young Arabs turn to entrepreneurship as unemployment persists

Nearly one-third of young people in the Arab world say unemployment is the biggest obstacle facing the region, with many turning to entrepreneurship as way of evading soaring joblessness rates, research shows. The seventh annual Arab Youth Survey found 81 per cent of young people polled are “concerned” about unemployment, […]

April 22, 2015 News
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 12 per cent of adults have mobile money accounts. Credit: UN Capital Development Fund.

Sharp drop in ranks of the unbanked

Nearly three-quarters of a billion people opened bank accounts for the first time from 2011 to 2014, gaining access to global financial systems in a step experts say is key to tackling extreme poverty. The Global Findex 2014, produced by the World Bank, found that 62 per cent of adults […]

April 22, 2015 News
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