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Sharing inspirational, informational, ideas, articles, videos, snippets on various issues. 

 

07 Aug

What is an NGO afterall?

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Many aid actors, particularly among governments in developing countries, refer to ‘NGOs’ and their role in international aid and development cooperation. But the phrase ‘NGO’ is contested terminology, and for many has been subsumed within a broader category of ‘civil society organizations’ or ‘CSOs’. This study has chosen to use the term ‘CSO’.

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10 Jul

The resilience of Palestinian entrepreneurs

Ambar Amleh, chief operating officer at Ibtikar Fund.

Given the bleak news from Palestine that dominates the world’s media, it is hard to imagine a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. Yet, in a land dissected by checkpoints, road blocks, segregated roads and walls, young men and women are building companies that not only serve our local market, but that are looking to serve regional and global markets.

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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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