Filling the GAPs

Philanthropy Support in the Arab Region


GTF 2014 Awards for Excellence

" Dr. Atallah Kuttab Founder of SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory and Chairman of WINGS will receive an award for Excellence in Philanthropy from the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF2014) in a special meeting held in Dubai on 28 November 2014. This is to acknowledge his contribution to philanthropy in the Arab region and globally.


More details can be read on the following link:  "


Strategic Planning in the Arab World


On the 14th of April, 2014, SAANED CEO Ebba Augustin held a guest lecture for Master Students at the Department of Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design (IUSD) at the University of Stuttgart, the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her lecture on ‘Strategic Planning in the Arab World’ focused on urban strategic planning and made reference to the changed landscapes of the Arab Revolutions and the opportunities as well as threats these pose for urban development.


Link to the announcement of the guest lecture : Lecture Poster


Population Dynamics in Muslim Countries

March 4th, 2014, Landmark Hotel, Amman/Jordan 


SAANED in cooperation with the Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan, the World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) and the Swiss Development Agency (SDA/DEZA) on the 4th of March 2014, launched the book ‘Population Dynamics in Muslim Countries'. The event was supported by the Swiss Embassy in Amman.


The launch brought together experts, professionals, parliamentarians, academic and activists on demography, reproductive health and women’s rights. Key players in Jordan’s effort to balance its population growth include the Jordan Higher Population Council, the Ministry of Health, the Jordanian Association for Family Planning and Protection, the Health and Social Development Affairs Committee in the Jordanian Senate, UNWRA, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, donors such as USAID and JICA, the health and population departments of universities, and NGOs that are members of the CEDAW coalition.


Jordan was selected for this regional book launch event out of several considerations. Jordan, with a primarily Muslim population and in the heart of the Mashreq, is a country in demographic transition faced with a fast pace fertility decline that has stalled. Jordan urgently needs to make use of the one-time demographic opportunity generated out of its young population before it’s too late.


The book  ‘Population Dynamics in Muslim Countries’ has been developed out of a  World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) expert conference “Upcoming Demographic Changes in Islamic Countries”, held in Switzerland in October 2010. It presents a comprehensive analysis of ongoing population dynamics in countries with a Muslim majority. The analysis presented in this compendium of expert articles clearly shows that it is impossible to generalize but each region or country faces its own specific demographic dynamics and challenges.


The launch was opened by Michael Winzap, Ambassador of Switzerland and  Ms. Asma Khader, the President of Sisterhood is Global Institute Jordan, Secretary General of Jordanian National Commission for Women and Senator. Hans Groth, President of the World Demographic & Aging (WDA) Forum, St. Gallen, Switzerland presented a general introduction into the book and the policy dimension of the book for the Arab World were laid out by Mr. Christian Blickenstorfer/ Ambassador, Member of the BoD of the WDA Forum.  Dr. Sawsan Al-Majali, Secretary General of the Jordan Higher Population Council closed the welcoming session with a introduction into the current state of demography and the policy in Jordan. 


In the second session of the book launch SAANED CEO Ebba Augustin presented a summary of her book chapter on 'Population dynamics and gender systems in Jordan '. She argued that a key factor in the stalling fertility decline in Jordan since 2002 is the prevailing of the patriarchal gender paradigm that allocates strict traditional gender roles to both sexes and maintains a focus on women's reproductive role. 


Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion on “Women’s rights and population dynamics in the context of the current refugee crisis in Jordan” that was moderated by Ms. Asma Khader. Ms. Salwa Almasri, Member of the Environment, Health and Social Development Affairs Committee – Jordanian Senate, added in her presentation additional data and information on the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan. 

The meeting closed with an outlook into population dynamics in Jordan. 


To read the introduction of the book English or Arabic


Dr. Atallah Kuttab, and Dr. Natasha Matic


As a result of his latest visit to the programs of the King Khalid Foundation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Atallah Kuttab, Founder of SAANED, and Dr. Natasha Matic, senior strategy advisor at King Khalid Foundation, wrote an article on philanthropy and Giving practices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


This article was originally published in the March 2014 issue of Alliance magazine.


The original article can be found at To read it please click here.”


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.