Arab philanthropy — from social giving to social change?

The following is an excerpt from an article originally published in the September 2015 issue of Alliance magazine. The original article can be found here. For more information about Alliance magazine, please visit

By Atallah Kuttab, Natasha Matic, and Noha El-Mikawy

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 of sources of funding, intermediaries and beneficiaries, which varies greatly depending on which part of the Arab world we are talking about – the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), North Africa (Maghreb) or the eastern Mediterranean (Levant or Mashreq). However, in all the countries of the region there is a longstanding tradition of social giving in a variety of forms and inclusive of all faiths, the best known being waqf.

Continue reading on the Alliance website. On Thursday 17 September Dr. Kuttab will join Tina Thiart (SACGLF) and Marcos Kisil (IDIS) for our latest webinar that will explore the diversity of global philanthropy.

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