Technology to HelpTechnology is becoming more accessible around the world, but some developing countries still don’t have access to new technology. An initiative by the Dubai Future Accelerators, called Humanitarian Accelerators, is working on using technology to help the Arab world. By using new technology such as artificial intelligence, the Human Accelerators’ goal is to help social, cultural and environmental issues in Arab nations.

The Dubai Future Accelerators program started in 2016 by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. This program’s goal is to partner entrepreneurs with Dubai’s government in order to create solutions to global problems.

The Humanitarian Accelerators is part of this program and is partnered with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). MBRGI is an organization that was started in 2015 with the goal of increasing ambitions of companies and communities to create a positive impact on challenges in the Middle Eastern world.

Today MBRGI is helping 130 million people in 116 different countries and operates more than 1,400 development programmes, including Humanitarian Accelerators.

With this partnership, the goal of Humanitarian Accelerators and MBRGI is to use technology to help create and implement solutions to improve lives of people in developing countries.

The initiative is looking to use technology for the betterment of education by providing e-learning tools. E-learning tools are a combination of technology that creates learning activities, such as computer games, that help students learn. These tools can also be a database system that provides training platforms for teachers and tracks grades, course content and student records.

The Humanitarian Accelerators initiative is also using technology to improve access to clean water. Further, it is developing platforms for businesses to give refugees opportunities to increase their skills, which is helping reduce poverty.

By utilizing technology, the Humanitarian Accelerators is helping developing countries with multiple issues that impact people globally, such as education, access to healthcare and poverty.

Deanna Wetmore

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