Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development announces Winners for Health and Food Security Categories


The winners of the Kuwait-sponsored, Al-Sumait 2015 Health Award and 2016 Food Security Award have been announced by the prestigious Board of Trustees at a meeting in Kuwait City. Today’s Board of Trustees meeting of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development ( honored ground-breaking research on tackling childhood malaria and addressing undernourishment through Africa, which both impact the lives of …

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Mansoor Bin Mohammed unveils ‘Knowledge Development Majalis’ at DED’s Sirage Gala Dinner

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

DED initiative raises a million dirhams towards ‘Reading Nation’ campaign. Knowledge Development Majalis aims to have 19 Majlis with a million books for children worldwide. His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), attended the ‘Sirage Gala Dinner,’ held as part of the ‘Sirage’ social responsibility campaign of the Department …

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Japan demonstrates strong support for UNIDO projects in Africa, Middle East


The Government of Japan has provided a contribution of over USD 7.4 million in response to the needs of communities affected by humanitarian crises and the influx of displaced peoples. The funding supports seven projects implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Africa and the Middle East. This was announced last Friday at a meeting between LI …

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Honours Nine Sustainability Pioneers

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Awards ceremony completes record year for Zayed Future Energy Prize. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today presented nine winners with the Zayed Future Energy Prize during the eighth awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. In attendance were His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice …

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African space policy adds new dimension for aid

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By – Nick Ishmael Perkins – SciDev.Net With a billion people still in poverty, could rocket science be just what development needs? In October 2015, African science and education ministers adopted the continent’s first space policy. [1] The accompanying strategy is due to be ratified by heads of state at the African Union summit later this month. The hope among …

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What will it take to meet global housing needs?


By Anita Makri – SciDev.Net Disaster zones and cities fuel the crisis. They are also hotbeds for knowledge and innovations to break through it. Shelter is a basic human need. Having a safe and healthy home is a fundamental aspiration for us all: in cities or villages, in poor or rich countries. But too many people struggle to fulfil this …

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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Launch of “Dubai Inclusive Development Forum 2015”

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Al Shaibani: We believe in the capacity of persons with disabilities to participate in building the future of Dubai Miran: We seek to provide equal opportunities and maintain social cohesion Al Shafiei: Our objective is to make Dubai a leading model in the field of persons with disabilities Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashed Al …

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Unicef and Pearson Announce Innovation Talks


Organisations to collaborate on how innovation can help the world’s most marginalised children. Unicef UK and Pearson are holding a series of high level events over the next year which will bring together experts, thought-leaders and innovators from a range of industries and countries across the world. The ‘Activate Talks’ will examine how new technologies, products and businesses can help …

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Pee-powered toilet designed to keep refugees safe

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By SciDev.Net- Andy Extance A prototype toilet that can generate power from urine was launched last week. The urinal, which is being trialled at the University of the West of England (UWE) in the United Kingdom, is designed to improve security in refugee camps by providing lighting in and around toilets. UK anti-poverty charity Oxfam, whose researchers are working with …

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Louis Berger provides design and work supervision at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Algeria

At the signing ceremony (from the left) Jacques Blanc, deputy general manager, North Africa; and Zouhir Ballalou, director of the heritage programme, Ministry of Culture

Three locations have been selected for the EU program, which aims to protect and enhance Algeria’s cultural heritage The Algerian Ministry of Culture recently awarded Louis Berger ( a European Union (EU)-funded contract for the design and work supervision of pilot rehabilitation operations at two World Heritage sites in Algeria. “We are proud to partner with Algeria’s Ministry of Culture …

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