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21 Oct

Collaboration Is the New Competitive Edge

There aren’t many secrets among friends. At least not between, Kiva, and GlobalGiving. For nearly half a decade, my GlobalGiving colleagues and I have been sharing intel with these peers (and a few others) via monthly phone calls and occasional meet-ups. Because we’re all working to improve our giving communities, nearly every strategy and tactic is open for discussion. Especially when it comes to donor engagement and retention.

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13 Sep

The Arab world must get rid of the stagnation in its systems

Conflicts are generally disgraceful! However, conflicts that concern ideas should definitely be valued very highly. Ideas can only emerge, and eventually function, within a structure and an environment that allows their seeds to grow! This implies the existence of a dynamic network of well-educated and mature persons—‘professional society’ that is highly receptive and works on passing them on from one person to another until they are operating soundly.

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20 Aug

Is ‘tap and go’ a better way to give to charity?

A quick tap of my card and I’ve given Macmillan Cancer £10. It beats trying to avoid eye contact every lunch hour with a “charity mugger” or chugger.

In today’s fast-paced world, although we may hate to admit it, not many people have time to chat or reel off card details to a stranger for 10 minutes.

And figures show that while cash is still very widely used, people are increasingly turning to “tap and go”.

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18 Aug

Ces femmes, figures emblématiques de la Palestine

Ces femmes, figures emblématiques de la Palestine

Si l’implication des femmes dans la résistance à l’occupation n’est pas nouvelle, il reste très rare que l’on parle des palestiniennes autrement que comme des victimes ou des martyres. Pourtant, malgré une société toujours très inégalitaire où les femmes sont souvent réduites à leur rôle de mère et d’épouses, les Palestiniennes sont plus que jamais engagées. Hors de question pour elles de rester à l’arrière-plan. Certaines sont même devenues des figures emblématiques du combat palestinien. Que l’on soit d’accord ou non avec leurs méthodes, elles restent la preuve que dans la résistance aussi les femmes peuvent faire changer les choses!

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28 Mar

8 Secret Superfoods of the Arab World

The Arab World diet, a sub-type of the Mediterranean diet, has many positive influences on health, including cognition, brain function, and overall mortality. It can reduce risks for heart diseases, cancer, and developments of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Since most foods are prepared with small quantities of olive oil, rather than fat-rich butter, the cuisine is generally more heart-friendly and a healthier alternative to other global foods. Here are some of the healthiest ingredients found in the Arab World diet.
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09 Mar

The Arab Women who refuse to be silent

On International Women’s Day, Arwa Haider celebrates new musicians who are continuing a tradition of outspoken female singers in Arabic music.

By Arwa Haider

When a Saudi Arabian music video recently went viral, depicting niqab-clad female singers throwing shapes and chanting lines such as “may men disappear”, the colourful skit was hailed as a challenge to stereotypes. Yet the spotlight barely shifted: the notion of the voiceless Arab female lingers in the mainstream, despite the fact that Saudi does not reflect the Arab world at large. In fact, strong-voiced women have been a lynchpin of Arabic music in its far-ranging forms – from folk songs to commercial pop – across many generations and nations.

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31 Jan

I’m Arab and I’m not a bomber, belly dancer or billionaire

‘Do you know that everyone here thinks you’re a terrorist?’ My classmate asked me after a few weeks of starting grad school. His intentions were pure. He was simply mocking the prevalent bias against Muslims in the West. Still, it hit me like a bullet. As an Arab Muslim woman living in the US, I have to accept questions like ‘What do you think of women oppression in Saudi Arabia?’ and ‘Is it safe in your country?’

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16 Jan

8 people as rich as half the human population

The world’s eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam.

That is 8 people’s wealth = to the wealth of 3,600,000,000 people!

The charity said its figures, which critics have queried, came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was “far greater than feared”.

Oxfam’s report coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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03 Dec

Arab Human Development Report 2016

Enabling youth to shape their own future key to progress on development and stability in Arab region

Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they urgently prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their young population, concludes the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched here today.

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10 Nov

‘Sky is the limit’ for philanthropic tech start-ups in Middle East

by Hala Fadel


I was moderating a panel last month in Amman at the award ceremony of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition when MIT professor Admir Masic emotionally said: “Today, the sky is the limit”.

At first, it felt like a rather cliché statement, on further reflection this well-used phrase became one of those ‘aha’ moments for me.

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13 Oct

Leading the Middle East Into the Future

Article by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

New technologies are emerging so rapidly that societies in the Middle East are now having trouble coping with their impact. By affecting everything from the nature of work to what it means to be human, technological changes could prove overwhelming if we do not collaborate to understand and manage them.

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07 Aug

What is an NGO afterall?


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


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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