What began as an informal charity effort by Sudanese professionals living abroad has grown into an organization aiming to introduce transparency and efficiency into social work through pinpointed projects. Sadagaat, a Khartoum-based nonprofit, says its homegrown, ground-up approach cultivates an ethic of giving within a society increasingly facing economic challenges. "One of our main goals is to become the efficient mediator between donors and the people who are in need," said Nazim Sirag, Sadagaat's executive manager.
Published: June 11, 2013 A Kuwaiti Woman Leading Development Efforts in Yemen
Maali Alasousi gave up a comfortable life in Kuwait to live in Yemen, dedicating herself to developing social programs in a country that is among the most impoverished in the world. She tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that key to successfully providing a social service in the traditional Arab country is to understand its people first.
Published: April 16, 2013 Philanthropy in India Is Taking Its Own Route
Philanthropy is the flavor of the month in India: Wipro chairman Azim Premji recently became the first person in the country to sign up for the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world's richest people to dedicate the majority of their wealth to charity. P.N.C. Menon, founder of the Sobha group, has promised to devote half of his fortune to philanthropic efforts. In Mumbai, the Dasra Philanthropic Week brought together some key players to discuss the roadmap ahead for charitable giving in the nation. Among the key themes that emerged was the realization that philanthropy in India must go its own way.
Published: April 16, 2013 Helping Cairo's Poorest Children Learn, Through Charity and Dreams
A random act of charity by Yasmin Helal gave her the idea and inspiration to dedicate herself to helping educate children from Egypt's most destitute neighborhoods. She tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton how she left an enviable telecommunications engineering job to start Educate-Me, a nonprofit effort which she says allows her to give back to her native country and affords these children the chance to pursue their dreams.
Published: April 02, 2013 Can CSR Help Heal Social Fissures in the Middle East?
Though still a relatively new concept for businesses in the Middle East, there is support for increased corporate social responsibility, according to a new study by Bahraini consultancy 3BL Associates. Its founder, Leena Al Olaimy, tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that CSR in the Middle East can even help marginalized communities in the region.
Published: February 19, 2013