Filling the GAPs

Philanthropy Support in the Arab Region

Report from the meeting titled “Empowering Families for Innovative Philanthropy (ERFIP)”


In September 2013, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations hosted the first Global South philanthropy platform, Empowering Families for Innovative Philanthropy (ERFIP) in Megève, France. ERFIP is a distinctively unique platform, which brings together philanthropists and practitioners from emerging economies to share best practices, successful models and challenges for peer review and feedback.


ERFIP focused on identifying philanthropists and professionals whose work has significant impact in their respective communities but are not seen enough on the conference circuits. The aim of this report, which was issued in December 2013,  is to give a sense of the driving force behind the giving and philanthropy in the three regions: Africa, Asia and the Arab region. It is hoped that such thorough understanding of the underlying factors for giving and philanthropy will help in collection of data that is relevant, meaningful to the sector and contributes to better representation of the South within Global Philanthropy. Dr. Atallah Kuttab, Chairman of SAANED, helped in conceptualizing several sessions of the meeting and in drafting the final report. For reading the full report click here.