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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 …

A game‑changing moment

Naila Farouky 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

In Alliance’s September 2015 special feature, Atallah Kuttab, Natasha Matic and Noha El-Mikawy wrote that ‘private foundations, no matter how independent they are of the corporate business interests of the founder, tend to stick to …

Arab philanthropy: from social giving to social change?

Atallah Kuttab, Natasha Matic and Noha El-Mikawy 1 September 2015

A surge in Arab philanthropy by a new generation is challenging views on wealth and approaches to impact. Arab philanthropy is not a unified ecosystem of coordinated parts; it is a diverse and complex combination …

Endowments outside Europe and the US: how far, so far?

Andrew Milner 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

Endowments, a mainstay of philanthropy in the US and Europe, are unknown, undeveloped or in decline in many parts of the world. A recent upsurge in some countries reflects a reaction to the 2008 economic …

The rich diversity of global philanthropy

Atallah Kuttab 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

I have spent the last two years trying to define Arab philanthropy. Though it was relatively easy to look at the history and the tradition of giving and the reasons for its decline, it was …

Why social enterprise is the key to sustainability

Khuloud Al Nuwais 1 June 2015

Having been with Emirates Foundation from the beginning, I have witnessed both operating and grantmaking models. Initially we supported many civil society organizations with grants to build their capabilities. However, many had to discontinue their …

Reflections from the 2015 Global Pro Bono Summit

Shereen Mady 20 March 2015

I arrived at the 2015 Global Pro Bono Summit in Berlin on 24-27 February with lots of questions from my home, Cairo, the capital of Egypt. And after three rewarding days I learned that there …

The beginnings of venture philanthropy in the Arab world

Myrna Atalla and Teresa Chahine 2 March 2015 For Subscribers

In 2004, young Egyptians working in the development field set up Nahdet el Mahrousa (meaning ‘renaissance of Egypt’ in Arabic), the Middle East’s first incubator of early stage social enterprises. Nahdet el Mahrousa has since …

Harnessing the voice of Global South philanthropists: interview with Firoz Ladak

Caroline Hartnell 2 March 2015 For Subscribers

When the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations (EDRF) started the ERFIP (EmpoweR Families for Innovative Philanthropy) initiative in 2013, the intent was to engage with families active in both business and giving from the Global South. …