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Turning crises into opportunities: stories from Iraq and Lebanon

After eleven years, Syria remains the world’s largest refugee crisis with more than 6.6 million Syrians forced to flee their country and another 6.7 million people remaining internally displaced. The…  


Yemen’s beekeeping and honey production

Beekeeping and honey production are ancient crafts. The history of Yemeni beekeeping – a traditional profession that serves as a source of income for thousands of Yemeni families across the country –…  


UK and Canada support Iraq’s fight against climate change

Increasing temperatures, declining rainfall, salinity, and more frequent sand and dust storms are some of the challenges faced by Iraq due to climate change. In fact, the country is classified as the…  


Rebuild, recover and reform: How the European Union is supporting development in Iraq

With $US 166 million pledged since 2016, the EU’s commitment to the people of Iraq is as stronger than ever. From supporting stabilization efforts, to bolstering the anti-corruption agenda and…  


Pioneering virtual-reality tourism in Egypt’s protected areas

A new age of digital innovation is transforming the tourism industry. With global tourism massively disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual reality (VR) tourism offers people around the world a…  


Raising awareness: school emergency preparedness

Yemen has a long history of quality education. It is even said that Yemen established the modern-day school system when schools were built in the cities of Abyan, Ibb, Taiz, and Zabid. However today,…  


Eco-Stone: an innovative approach to turning waste into bricks

Mohammed Abu Shahla, Shaimaa Al Qassas and Ali Al Shawwf, three engineering students met at a local competition in Gaza and introduced their idea of turning waste into bricks. This next generation of…  


Making Waves in Basra: Defying gender norms in development projects

“My advice to girls and young women is to believe in yourself and develop your skills.”  


Women in Syria challenge gender stereotypes and take on climate action

Around the world, electricity is taken for granted. Light, heating, and communication are available at the flick of a switch or the push of a button. It powers devices that make daily living such as…  


Unleashing the Power of Women in Climate Action: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Across the world, women and girls face greater vulnerability and exposure to disasters, and conflicts, and yet they remain largely ignored in developing solutions and their capabilities are often…  

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