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From Charity to Social ChangeTrends in Arab Philanthropy$
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Barbara Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162077

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.001.0001

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The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Arab Republic of Egypt

Chapter:
(p.23) 1 The Arab Republic of Egypt
Source:
From Charity to Social Change
Author(s):

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim

Dina H. Sherif

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.003.0002

This chapter discusses philanthropy in Egypt. Private philanthropic giving in Egypt is estimated at no less than EGP5.5 billion annually, and Egyptian philanthropy is experiencing a period of vigorous transformation. The revival of religious benevolence, adaptive government attitudes toward private sector social ventures, expanding national and regional interest in social responsibility, and a conviction that charity needs to be supplemented with sustainable institutions that support development initiatives are just a few of the factors driving institutional philanthropy in Egypt. Many obstacles remain, however. A lack of trust stemming from the historical legacy of government confiscation of family, community, and other endowments has left many hesitant to participate in institutionalized giving.

Keywords:   Arab philanthropy, social responsibility, institutional philanthropy, religious benevolence, social ventures

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