MIDDLE EAST: The year that was

DUBAI 04 January 2012 (IRIN) – When hundreds of thousands of people across the Arab world poured into the streets in 2011 to demand freedom from dictatorship, they set in motion a series of events which not only created humanitarian needs in countries that were otherwise relatively stable, but also exacerbated existing humanitarian and developmental challenges.

MIDDLE EAST: Humanitarian aid best practice guidelines updated

ABU DHABI 27 June 2011 (IRIN) – The launch of an Arabic version of the 2011 Sphere Handbook, which sets out best practice in the delivery of humanitarian aid, comes at a time of major political, economic and social change across the Middle East and should help streamline humanitarian responses, say aid officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

MIDDLE EAST: Investing in early education

DAMASCUS 15 November 2010 (IRIN) – A new regional Early Childhood Centre offering facilities for pre-school children as well as training for child workers in Damascus, Syria, is hoping to boost the quality of pre-primary education in the Middle East.