The Republic of Lebanon

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:
The Republic of Lebanon

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This chapter discusses philanthropy in Lebanon. Because of a number of constraints on data collection, it was not possible to cover Lebanon's philanthropic landscape fully. Researchers were struck by the resilience and determination of those they did meet, who have sustained the sector through many years of uncertainty, often at substantial personal risk. A new generation of business leaders and philanthropic actors are consciously deciding to operate through the creation of secular Lebanese rather than sectarian institutions. The weak presence of the government has both contributed to a climate of relative independence for the civil sector and strengthened the role of philanthropic institutions in basic service provision. Despite many cases where constituents subscribing to particular religious or political groups are the principle beneficiaries of philanthropic organizations, the trend is toward more all-inclusive programs and impacts.

Keywords: Arab philanthropy; institutional philanthropy; philanthropic organizations; Lebanon; civil sector

Chapter.  7106 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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