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Cambridge study: Strategic philanthropy doing well in Saudi Arabia

Alliance magazine 4 August 2022

Giving in Saudi Arabia has been highlighted as a noteworthy example of strategic philanthropy by a new report from the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. ‘Systems Change in …


The murky world of Gulf royal philanthropy

Anonymous 20 July 2022

The boundaries between public and private giving in the Gulf are hard to deduce A recent Sunday Times investigation into Prince Charles’ charitable entities and the cash gifts they received from Hamad bin Jassim bin …


UNHCR Refugee Zakat Fund tackling SDG goals

Alliance magazine 13 June 2022

The Refugee Zakat Fund from the UNHCR has impacted the lives of an estimated 1.2 million people across 14 countries, its 2022 annual report estimates. Thanks to generous Zakat and Sadaqah donations from institutional and …

Global Updates

Alliance magazine 31 May 2022

This is our round-up of philanthropy news around the world featured in the June 2022 issue of Alliance: The Americas $1bn Gender Fund aims to transform systems Gates board adds four new trustees How Latin …

Alliance magazine expands global philanthropy coverage with Regional Representatives

Alliance magazine 23 May 2022

Regional Representatives from the Arab Region, Latin America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa have joined the Alliance magazine team, as a part of its goal to improve the globalisation of philanthropy coverage. Alliance eventually has …

Wealth concentration rocketing in Arab countries after Covid-19

Alliance magazine 21 May 2022

In the first year of the pandemic, wealth concentration in the hands of a small number of elites shot up in all Arab sub-regions causing a substantial rise in wealth inequality. By contrast, the concentration …

Business of Philanthropy: Shayma Al Sabah

Alliance magazine 8 May 2022

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge speaks with Shayma Al Sabah, Founder of Give. …

Economic crisis slows Ramadan giving in Arab region

Alliance magazine 29 April 2022

Throughout the Arab region, individuals and foundations have been observing Ramadan both by fasting and increasing their charitable giving in the form of Zakat (Muslim almsgiving) and Sadaqah (voluntary contributions). However, the cost of living …

Village to global village: Making sense of impact, ESG, and other ‘good’ ideas

Farahnaz Karim 18 April 2022

Impact at the village level In my first ‘field posting’ as a United Nations Volunteer, I remember (as if it were yesterday) going on a journey to Farah, a province in Afghanistan, to report on …

Business of Philanthropy: H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo

Alliance magazine 10 April 2022

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge speaks with H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu …