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Inhaltsangabe: Persistent societal problems and wealth creation in the Arab region are driving a new generation of actors to commit their resources for the greater public welfare. Widely known as philanthropy, voluntary contributions to causes that serve a public good are a longstanding and important aspect of cultures in the Arab region. What is of particular interest today is the proliferation of ways in which this private giving is being channeled into new institutional forms. In significant ways, some local philanthropy is becoming more strategic in its aims-by which is meant utilizing resources effectively to address the underlying causes of important social problems.
Through an examination of philanthropic trends in eight key Middle Eastern countries, this book seeks to shed light on the forms of institutionalized giving that currently exist, as well as to provide recommendations for how charitable contributions can be most effective as vehicles of future social change. Drawing on data collected from endowed corporate foundations, public-private partnerships between business leaders and governmental agencies, and small-scale community-based organizations, this study marks the first attempt to map the dynamic contemporary landscape of philanthropy in the Arab region.
Über den Autor:
BARBARA IBRAHIM is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, established at the American University in Cairo in 2006. Prior to that she served for fourteen years as regional director for West Asia and North Africa at the Population Council in Egypt. She has published widely in the fields of gender and health, youth studies, and women?s employment, as well as directing programs in urban poverty and gender relations through the Cairo office of the Ford Foundation. She holds an MA in sociology from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in sociology from Indiana University. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Middle East Women?s Studies in 2003 and was inducted into the US Educators Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dina H. Sherif is the associate director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo. Sherif has wide-ranging experience in development at the local level in Egypt through her work at the Institute for Cultural Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa and at Environmental Quality International. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Development Studies, both from the American University in Cairo, in addition to a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.
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