Global Philanthropy: Gulf Organizations and Lessons from Western Foundations

By Riham Ahmed Khafagy.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Gulf philanthropic organizations have been witnessing significant financial and institutional developments. They have successfully been able to enhance their resources, improve their administration, and develop their local activities. Meanwhile, Western philanthropic foundations have increasingly been playing influential roles in this new age of globalization. Therefore, the Gulf philanthropic organizations which look forward to expanding their activities internationally and still lack strategic orientation and suitable mechanisms can learn from the experiences of Western philanthropic foundations.
This paper highlights lessons from the international experiences of Western philanthropic foundations which may be helpful in enhancing the prospect international roles of Gulf philanthropic organizations. In the first section, I discuss common characteristics, fields, mechanisms, and outcomes of the international activities of Western philanthropic foundations. In the second section, I underline the lessons that the Gulf philanthropic organizations may learn from these activities.

Keywords: Gulf Organizations, Global Philanthropy, Gulf Philanthropy, Western Philanthropic Foundations

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.155-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.172MB).

Riham Ahmed Khafagy

Ph.D Candidate, Deprtment of Political Science, Cairo University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Riham Khafagy is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Cairo University, and earned an M.A. in political science from Cairo University in 2006; and another M.A in Islamic Studies with concentration in political science from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (now Cordoba University), VA, USA, in 2000. She received a scholarship from the same Graduate School between 1998 and 1999. In addition to numerous books chapters, journal and magazine articles, book and journal reviews, and translations, she published two books on Women’s Endowments (The Case of Egypt in the Twentieth Century), and the Role of Philanthropic Foundations in Studying Political Science in the USA (A Case Study of Ford Foundation), by Kuwait General Foundation, in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Her research interests include political and academic roles of philanthropic foundations; global civil society; women’s contributions to the Arab and Muslim civilization.


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