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Advancing Arab Philanthropic Partnerships and Collaboratives: Taking the Collaborative Ecosystem One Step Forward

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

At our Annual Meeting in September, we brought together key stakeholders to map out opportunities for collaboration in the philanthropic ecosystem.
In this panel session, we discovered what they learned and how you can build stronger partnerships within Arab philanthropy.



We know that strengthening philanthropic collaboratives and partnerships is a primary focus for philanthropic foundations and nonprofits. And that is why, during the 2023 Arab Foundations Forum Annual Meeting in Cairo last September, we held a knowledge co-creation and community building workshop called “Advanc‍ing Arab Philanthropic Partnerships and Collaboratives”. Organized in partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) and the Saleh Abdullah Kamel Humanitarian Foundation (SAKHF), the session brought together over 40 organizations to share valuable insights on philanthropic partnerships practices and to highlight ways to advance the effectiveness and impact of those practices.

Seven case studies of philanthropic organization and social investment partnership models were showcased during the workshop, and the participants mapped some of the key initiatives and opportunities they see in the philanthropic ecosystem. The workshop culminated with the group recommending various ideas and next steps to strengthen Arab philanthropy’s partnerships ecosystem.

On January 31, we brought together a panel of specialists from across Arab philanthropy to discuss the key takeaways and recommendations from that workshop, covering areas such as the role of networking platforms, data and research, governance frameworks for partnerships, and knowledge co-creation and learning.

The agenda and speakers for the panel, moderated by Ayman Shehata, lead consultant at the Impact Investing Initiative, were as follows:

15:00-15:30 – Presentation of the Advancing Arab Philanthropic Partnerships and Collaboratives Report Findings

15:30-15:50 – Commentary

15:50-16:20 – Open Discussion

16:20-16:30 – Wrap-up


January 31
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm




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