Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma, co-founders of Ducere.

Good vibrations: how guided shoes could help the visually impaired

An India-based technology company is using its new navigation-enabled footwear to help the visually impaired get around, using profits from its commercial business to make the technology affordable in developing markets. Ducere Technologies’ footwear – its Lechal range of shoes and insoles – vibrates to guide people to their destination, […]

October 29, 2014 News
Gaza children to benefit from $3m educational push

Gaza children to benefit from $3m educational push

Hundreds of thousands of children in Gaza are to benefit from a $3m educational programme launched on Monday by the UAE foundation Dubai Cares. The scheme, carried out in partnership with United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), aims to bolster access to […]

October 27, 2014 News
Children in Pakistan receive the polio vaccine. Credit: WHO

Vaccine drive aims to halt polio resurgence in Middle East

Some 25 million children in the Middle East are to be vaccinated against polio in an attempt to contain outbreaks of the crippling disease in conflict-hit Syria and Iraq. Children under the age of five in seven states – Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq – will be […]

October 26, 2014 News
Credit: WFP/Shehzad Noorani

South Asia drives decline in global hunger: report

Hunger in South Asia has fallen by 41 per cent since 1990 thanks to NGO and government action on child nutrition in both Bangladesh and India, according to a global report. The region saw the steepest absolute decline of hunger by 12 points in the 24-year period, reported the Global […]

October 22, 2014 News
Tayeb Al Rais, secretary-general of AMAF, said the agency was close to raising its target funding of AED150m for the project.

Dubai orphanage project nears funding target

Nearly AED150m ($40.1m) has been raised in support of a home for orphans and abandoned children in Dubai, the first project of its kind in the Gulf emirate. Family Village, an initiative of Dubai government department Awqaf and Minor Affairs Foundation (AMAF), will include 16 villas, each able to host […]

October 19, 2014 News
The margin between the world's richest and poorest people is widening, Credit Suisse found. Credit: World Bank

Global gap between rich and poor widens: report

While the global economy continues to face challenges, personal wealth has surged at a record pace, increasing $20.1 trillion during the past year and widening the inequality gap between the rich and poor, according to the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. Healthy housing markets and robust equity prices helped […]

October 19, 2014 News
The Domiz Refugee Camp, located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, is home to thousands of Syrian refugees. Credit: UNHCR/B.Sokol

Half of Syrian child refugees deprived of education, says UNHCR’s Guterres

Just one of every two Syrian children taking refuge in the country’s neighbouring nations is receiving an education and many of those fail to meet international standards, the UN refugee agency’s chief said Wednesday. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), urged the international community to invest in […]

October 16, 2014 News
Living and sleeping on the streets in India. Credit:Curt Carnemark/World Bank

India, China lift 232m people out of poverty

The world’s most populous countries India and China contributed the most to slashing global poverty – for people living on less than $1.25 per day – from 2008 to 2011, according to the World Bank’s Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2014, lifting a combined 232 million people out of poverty. India […]

October 14, 2014 News
Some 50,000 Gazans are living in UNWRA shelters. Credit: UNWRA

Donors pledge $5.4bn to rebuild Gaza at Cairo summit

International donors have pledged more than $5bn to fund Gaza’s reconstruction during a conference in Cairo, with Qatar alone committing $1bn to the cause. The total, which includes $212m from the US and $200m each from Kuwait and the UAE, exceeded the $4bn appealed for by the Palestinian Authority to […]

October 13, 2014 News
Credit: UNRWA

Calls for funding to stem Gaza humanitarian crisis

A vast humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Gaza, with 50,000 displaced people taking refuge in UNRWA shelters following the latest Israeli offensive against the territory, a UNRWA spokesman said. The Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated areas on earth, has been under an Israeli land, air and sea […]

October 9, 2014 News