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The Arab Republic of Egypt

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

in From Charity to Social Change

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789774162077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.003.0002
The Arab Republic of Egypt

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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

Chapter.  6749 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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