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The State of Kuwait

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/9789774162077.003.0007
The State of Kuwait

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This chapter discusses philanthropy in Kuwait. Since the 1970s, Kuwait has produced excellent models of updated and institutionalized forms of giving. The model of sustained corporate contributions for scientific research could be expanded to other sectors and adapted in other parts of the region. Likewise, the example of productive relations between civil society organizations and government oversight bodies could be used as a model and bears further analysis. Transparency and management professionalism are distinctive marks of the Kuwaiti experience. As investment levels increase in Kuwait, levels of corporate engagement also can be expected to rise. Like many of the countries included in this study, Kuwaiti philanthropists are just beginning to grapple with the different tools necessary to shift from a predominantly charitable to a more strategic approach in their giving.

Keywords: Arab philanthropy; institutional philanthropy; civil society organizations; corporate contributions; Kuwait

Chapter.  5081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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