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Giving to Pakistan: Guidelines for Donors

May 24, 2021

Pakistan is one of the fastest growing countries in the Asian region with a population of nearly 220 million people, with an estimated number of 49.5 million people living in poverty. These socio-economic conditions are the main driving source behind the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 nonprofits (NPOs) operating in the country. Almost 46% of NPOs work in education, and approximately 17% focus on civil rights and advocacy; the remainder provides social services in areas of health, relief, culture and recreation. Given this landscape, as well as the need to navigate the rules and regulations of both donor and recipient jurisdictions, especially from the perspective of a US donor and/or grant-maker, it is vital to have a comprehensive understanding of the local context, as well as the requirements and conditions impacting cross-border giving to Pakistan.We expect that these guidelines will be of value to the broad spectrum of donors, grant-makers and NPOs. I look forward to working together to further enhance cross-border philanthropic inflows to Pakistan.

Cultures of Giving; Enabling environment and civic space; Middle East

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

June 30, 2019

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil is part of PSJP's Philanthropy Study. Previously the study has focused on producing a series of papers on philanthropy in four emerging market countries/regions – India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil. These studies have taken a broad view of philanthropy, encompassing everything from individual giving (by the very wealthy and by people of more modest means, including crowdfunding) to giving by private and corporate foundations, CSR, community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy, self-funded movements and impact investing.The current paper looks at individual giving by ordinary people in these countries/ regions in more depth. Seen as an area of great promise in India and Russia, it is at an earlier stage in Brazil. In the Arab region giving to the social sector is barely making headway, though traditional giving is very much alive.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East

Philanthropy in the Arab Region

March 22, 2018

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in the Arabregion, particularly shining a light on new areas and innovation within philanthropy,and the implications of these for its future role. We hope this will enable us to betteraddress the question: how do we support and build philanthropy's role as an agentof social change?

Enabling environment and civic space; Middle East; North Africa

Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Arab Foundations Forum Case Study

July 31, 2017

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector's data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter it is soon to be released as a toolkit along with 4 of our Members' Case Studies – as the third organization to present its case study, the Arab Foundations Forum gives us a framework on the environment of collecting data in the Arab Region.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Middle East; North Africa

The State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan

January 31, 2017

The Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy takes pride in presenting the study on the State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan which brings to light not only the volume of individual giving in different forms but also the patterns and motivations of household giving behaviour across four provinces. The study is a pioneer comprehensive exposition of trends of individual giving and its channelization to individuals to meet their immediate needs or to organizations of religious nature to improve the social welfare functions.

Individual giving; Middle East

The state of Arab philanthropy and the case for change

July 13, 2016

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) has spent the past two years studyingthe landscape in which the forum functions. AFF, as a membership-basednetwork of philanthropic foundations based in and/or working in the Arabregion, is uniquely positioned to canvass the region's donors, grantmakers,and civil society players, and to draw conclusions about the stateof the region's philanthropic sector. The overarching conclusion presentedin this viewpoint is that there are many challenges, but also ways in whichwe can help to mitigate these challenges over time. The article points tothree key ways in which the philanthropic sector is being challenged.

Enabling environment and civic space; Middle East; North Africa

From Charity to Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy

December 1, 2008

From Charity to Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy, provides a preliminary overview of Arab philanthropy in eight countries of the region including: Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The purpose of the study was to document the varying forms of institutionalized philanthropy that currently exist as well as provide recommendations for how philanthropy can become more effective. 

Middle East; North Africa; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

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