Time for US foundations to engage with the Arab region

Moukhtar Kocache and Nadia Roumani

A study conducted in early 2010[1] identified 17 US-based foundations funding in the Arab region. These foundations are funding at varying degrees, in specific countries, and on different issues. Although they do not share a common framework for their work, they have funded primarily in three areas: research and fellowships; support for identity-based NGOs (for instance, marginalized or under-supported constituents) and support for civil society development. What are the opportunities and challenges for these and other US-based foundations following the Arab Spring? (Many of the issues and dynamics also apply to European funders but for the sake of consistency this article will focus exclusively on US foundations.)

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