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The State of Qatar

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/9789774162077.003.0008
The State of Qatar

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This chapter discusses philanthropy in Qatar. Qatar's charitable activities include both traditional and creative modes of channeling philanthropy. Since these philanthropic initiatives are relatively recent, perhaps the main recommendation that could be made is that they focus on continued growth and diversification. Like-minded initiatives should establish productive avenues of communication among themselves to ensure the effectiveness of their giving and to avoid duplication. The momentum corporate philanthropy has gained over the past few years needs to be maintained, with greater emphasis placed on institutionalization. Currently, most corporate social responsibility initiatives take the form of financial donations or in-kind contributions to worthy causes, but companies are expected increasingly to seek to align their core business activities with goals and programs that engage the entire work force and supply chain in addressing sustainable development and attacking poverty at its roots.

Keywords: Arab philanthropy; institutional philanthropy; charitable giving; corporate social responsibility; Qatar

Chapter.  4832 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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