Philanthropy, Endowments and Sustainable Social Development in Egypt

Maecenata Schriften | Band 21 | 03.05.2022 |

What are the current philantropic practices in Egypt? What is the waqf system and how can it support innovation?

Marwa el Daly, Founder and Chairperson at Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation (WMCF) in Egypt, aims to answer these questions in his new book. It is the first academic quantification of philantropic giving and volunteering that incorporates a representative sample of the Egyptian population. El Daly explores the impact of traditional and religious philantropic mechanisms and how the concept of waqf could revived in aid of sustainable social progress. 

After founding Egypt’s first community foundation in the 2000s, el Daly became an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo. There, she teaches courses about non-profit management, philantropy and social entrepreneurship.

The series Maecenata Schriften is an interdisciplinary scientific book series that focuses on civil society research. It was founded by Rupert Grad Strachwitz, Eckhard Piller and Christian Schreier in 2007, publishing studies, monographs and anthologies. From 2007-2015 the series was published by Lucius & Lucius, Stuttgart and has been published by De Gruyter, Berlin, since 2016.

Publications that may be eligible for the series include those that examine civil society, civic engagement, not-for-profit organisations, the third sector, philantropy and foundations. The series is open to contributions from authors outside the Foundation and publication is available in German and in English.