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07 Jun

UAE stays at forefront of global aid efforts

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks country as top international donor of official development aid for a second year

Abu Dhabi: The UAE continued to offer humanitarian and development aid in various regions around the world during 2015, with its assistance between 1971 and 2014 adding up to Dh173 billion that has benefited 178 countries.

Statistical data released by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) yesterday show that the development and humanitarian and charitable aid provided by the UAE during the past 44 years reached Dh173 billion across 21 sectors.

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27 May

88 Arabic Proverbs

arabicalphabetReading the proverbs and sayings of other cultures is an interesting way to gain insight into life that your own culture might not have. Not only that, you can see how much philosophy is shared between cultures, and how common sayings in your culture manifest in others, and vice versa. Arabic culture in particular has a long, rich history, and it shows in their countless proverbs.

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05 May

People & corruption: MENA survey 2016

Nearly 1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months

New Transparency International report shows MENA governments failing to stop corruption as they suppress citizens’ voices

Nearly one in three citizens who tried to access basic public services in the Middle East and North Africa paid a bribe, a Transparency International report said today, showing that governments across the region have failed to hear their citizens’ voices against corruption.

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26 Apr

Arabic: A language of beauty, prestige

IMG_0491Arabic, a language that has passed the test of time,  remains one of the oldest and most unique languages in the world.

According to Ethnologue, almost 600 million people speak the language. Most native English speakers consider it a language with a foreign alphabet and unrecognizable speech patterns. However, those that take Arabic at BSU know it as a beautiful, flowing language that offers a glimpse into the past.

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19 Mar

Travelling library: A road trip to promote books

What is the most amount of books you have carried while travelling?

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Whatever your record, it’s unlikely that you have beaten Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Ravtaray.

The two friends are on an ambitious 10,000 km (6,213 miles) road trip in their minivan, and have taken an eye-popping 4,000 books with them.

They say they are on a “mission” to promote book reading across towns, cities and villages because they believe that “more Indians need to read books”.

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01 Mar

MENA Micro-Financing

What is Micro Financing?

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Microfinance – defined as the access to and usage of quality financial services, including savings, credit, insurance and money transfer systems – is crucial for low-income households to manage cash flows to finance day-to-day living, manage risks, invest productively, and respond to financial shocks. The low levels of financial inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, however, have left many with limited access to any sort of financial services. This is especially true for certain groups such as women and young people.

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