The Islamic Development Bank (IDB)'s Scholarship Programme was launched in 1983, and provides interest-free loans to needy students from Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue higher studies in their own countries or in the IDB member countries in the fields of medicine, engineering, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary sciences and agriculture. Up to the end of 1993, scholarships have been provided to 2344 recipients in 32 non-member countries, and the total amount spent on the Programme since its inception stands at about 17.2 million dollars.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.