Tag Archives: Humanitarian

What will it take to meet global housing needs?

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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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Edible insects inch one step closer

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By SciDev.Net – Andrea Rinaldi Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and environmental risks of insect farming are similar to …

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Unicef and Pearson Announce Innovation Talks

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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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UAE Exchange partners UNICEF for underprivileged children

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UAE Exchange contributes AED 100,000 for underprivileged children Fourth consecutive year of association between UAE Exchange and UNICEF The holy month of Ramadan inspires acts of kindness, good deeds and charity, and such deeds done during this month are considered to be very sacred. As children are the future of any society, helping children overcome the barriers they face to …

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

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By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade – SciDev.Net Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment. The decision will open up the possibility of the company that developed the insects selling them in Brazil as a control strategy for dengue …

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Consider disability at the outset, tech designers told

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By Joshua Howgego – SciDev.Net Designing technological products that can be used by everyone, regardless of whether or not they have any disability, would be a win-win situation, a meeting has heard. “To think that you can apply some kind of magic pixie dust and make a technology accessible to disabled people after it’s been designed is just crazy,” Vint …

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Madiba’s final rest

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The late former President Nelson Mandela has been placed in his final resting place, alongside his other family members, in a family grave. Traditional rituals were performed to ensure the Father of the Nation is received by his ancestors. Madiba was laid to rest a short while ago at the Mandela family farm in rural Qunu. It brings to a …

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Orange Jordan Signs Partnership Agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Center and Foundation

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As part of its ongoing aims to support projects that promise further social development for the community, Orange Jordan recently signed a partnership agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Center and Foundation. Through the agreement signed the company will be providing the latter with the sum of JD 15000 to go as a donation for its facility expansion project. The …

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World’s leading Flying Eye Hospital lands in Qatar to highlight sight-saving work for children in poor communities

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HRH The Countess of Wessex joins the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital in Doha Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex from the United Kingdom, travelled to Doha this week onboard the ORBIS_Flying_Eye_Hospital to meet local medical specialists and ambassadors in Qatar. This builds on the success of last year’s inaugural visit of the unique training facility housed within a DC-10 …

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Ancient Egyptian river could be revived for farming

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By Ian Randall – SciDev.Net A 5,000-year-old river could be resurrected to bring sustainable agriculture to one of the planet’s rainiest yet driest deserts, according to a study, which proposes an ambitious engineering scheme for Egypt that the country’s government is now reviewing. The desert of the Sinai Peninsula receives the most rainfall of any part of Egypt — around …

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