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Project Inspired

Stories of impactful philanthropy from the Arab region

Project Inspired is an unprecedented collection of video interviews and case studies, drawn from conversations with some of the Arab region’s leading philanthropists and foundations.

Offering the most comprehensive look yet at Arab philanthropy, Project Inspired shares insights, advice and best practices from the perspectives of experienced donors, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging impactful giving at scale.

Project Inspired is supported by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Interviews

Hear from some of the Arab region’s leading philanthropists on what motivates them to give, what causes they choose to support, and how they measure the success of their giving.

These interviews and case studies were produced before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.
To learn more about what the featured philanthropists and their foundations are doing in response to the Covid-19 crisis, click here.

Bold giving initiatives

Nonprofits are catalysts and implementers of bold initiatives taking place in the Arab region, supported by visionary philanthropists who believe in their work. Explore below to learn more about impactful projects underway in areas such as poverty alleviation, livelihoods and public health. For details of other notable projects in the region, click here. To access further research and notes on the selection process, click here.

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TACKLING HUNGERIN EGYPT

The Egyptian Food Bank launched in 2005 with a goal of wiping out hunger. Today, its innovative approach to food relief and tacking the root causes of hunger has spread to 30 countries worldwide.

Primary philanthropist MOEZ EL SHOHDI

established EFB WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2006; FBRN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2013

Primary Focus FOOD SECURITY

geography EGYPT AND THE ARAB REGION

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Hikmat2

CUTTING JORDAN’STRAFFIC DEATHS

Primary philanthropist MAHER KADDOURA

established 2008

Primary Focus ROAD SAFETY

geography JORDAN

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DISCOVERING “WHAT WORKS”TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY

Primary philanthropist THE JAMEEL FAMILY THROUGH COMMUNITY JAMEEL

established 2003; J-PAL MENA ESTABLISHED 2020

Primary Focus Cross-sectoral, including agriculture, crime and conflict, education, employment, environment and energy, financial inclusion, gender, health, political economy, and humanitarian assistance.

geography Research conducted in 86 countries, including nine Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Yemen). Global office at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) in the US, and seven regional offices: Africa, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Middle East and North Africa.

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BUILDING PATHWAYSOUT OF POVERTY IN UPPER EGYPT

The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development took a bold approach to tackling poverty in rural Upper Egypt: to pilot farming models from other regions; find what works, and then work with partners to scale these practices across the country.

Primary philanthropist THE SAWIRIS FAMILY

established 2012

Primary Focus AGRICULTURE AND LIVELIHOODS

geography UPPER EGYPT

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Shefa2

POOLING PHILANTHROPIC CAPITALTO IMPROVE HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS

Primary philanthropist Khaled and Olfat Juffali, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

established 2013

Primary Focus Health and emergency relief

geography Middle East and Africa

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PROMOTINGYOUTH-DRIVEN CHANGE

Young people have the potential to be powerful catalysts of change, if given the chance. Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya provides a channel for the private sector to help mobilize youth, and empower them to be agents of change in their communities.

Primary philanthropist Fadi Ghandour

established 2005

Primary Focus Youth and community development

geography Jabal Al Natheef, Al-Beidha (“Little Petra”), and Al-Tafileh in Jordan; Ezbet Khairallah in Cairo, Egypt; Jabal Muhsen and Bab El-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, Lebanon; and Qibya, Ni’lin, and Der Qiddis around Budrus in Palestine

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Alfanar2

TRANSFORMING LIVESTHROUGH VENTURE PHILANTHROPY

Primary philanthropist Tarek Ben Halim, Lubna S. Olayan

established 2004

Primary Focus Education, youth employment, and women's economic empowerment

geography Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and refugee communities

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