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Giving in the Arab region: from ‘giving for God’ to ‘giving for good’

Caroline Hartnell 21 February 2017

This blog is the last in a series of four drawing on the initial findings of a new study of philanthropy initiated by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. These will …


Case study – Community controlled grantmaking at the Dalia Association

Aisha Mansour 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

I had served at the Dalia Association for about four months when we organized a women’s community evaluation meeting to discuss the last round of the women supporting women programme, our largest grantmaking programme.  I …


The state of Arab philanthropy and the case for change

Naila Farouky 20 July 2016

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) has spent the past two years studying the landscape in which the forum functions. AFF, as a membership-basednet work of philanthropic foundations based in and/or working in the Arab region, …

EFC AGA 2016: Opening plenary – the time is ripe to do things differently

Dharmendra Kanani 28 May 2016

The stage was set for the opening plenary of the 27th edition of the EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference: Imagining and Investing in our future – in Amsterdam. The auditorium strangely resembled a container …

The Syrian crisis: a challenge for philanthropy

Timothy Ogden, Ayesha Saran and Atallah Kuttab 15 March 2016

It is a rare event that captures global philanthropy’s attention. The stream of refugees from Syria is one of them. There is a serious humanitarian crisis under way, and a rapid response is called for.  …

People of Syria between conflict and refuge

Samar Haidar 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

With an intensifying armed conflict in Syria, a growing number of civilians have been internally displaced or have fled to neighbouring countries. If no political solution is reached, these numbers will continue to rise. But …

Syrian refugees: the need for a gender perspective

Ebba Augustin 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis are Syria’s neighbours. In Jordan, a particular set of problems apply because of the large numbers of women and children among the refugees there. Syrian refugees have arrived …

Germany: the receiving nation

Astrid Ziebarth 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Despite the influx of migrants into Europe last year, less than 10 per cent of the world’s refugee population live in Europe according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Germany registered more than …

Case study: Helping Syrians to help Syrians

Marieke Bosman 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

The Asfari Foundation is a British charity funded by the Asfari family. We provide grants to partners in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and the UK which help young people become independent, engaged members of society and …

Case Study: Permanent refugees – mobilizing Palestinian diaspora philanthropy

Atallah Kuttab 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Though it is the plight of Syrian refugees that is attracting the world’s attention at the moment, there are refugees of much longer duration. Among these are the Palestinians. Around the world, Palestinians number almost …