Since 2004, Alfanar has been at the forefront of developing the fields of social enterprise and venture philanthropy in the Arab region. We partner with like-minded organizations and researchers to answer the questions that social investors and entrepreneurs face every day. Below we share some of our results. We’d love to hear from you with questions and ideas for collaboration! Please email for more.

Amal Project

Alfanar is proud to share the results of the Amal Project, implemented by our investee Future Eve Foundation in collaboration with the Global Fund for Widows and with the support of UK-DFID. Amal (meaning ‘hope’ in Arabic) has transformed the life of thousands of widows in rural Egypt through vocational training and microfinancing. Learn more at the Amal portal, and make sure to read an article sharing lessons learned in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


SE Portal

We conducted a mapping exercise to identify the leading social enterprises working on Education in Egypt. This social enterprise mapping was conducted with the support of SODIC and in collaboration with Innovety. Visit our portal to learn more, and check out this interview with our country director for Egypt, Shenouda Bissada.


Applying Social Enterprise To Refugee Settings | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Meet The Venture Philanthropy Organisation Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs in the Middle East | Causeartist

The New Double Bottom Line | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Thought Leadership at Alfanar (blog post)

Social Franchising as an Option for Scale (academic article)

The Beginnings of Venture Philanthropy in the Arab World

Fueling Financial Innovation in the Middle East | Stanford Social ...

Financing Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World: The Case of Lebanon (academic article

Meeting the Universal Yearning for Dignity – The Case of the MENA Region (panel at Global Philanthropy Forum)


Alfanar in the News

L’Orient Le Jour: Aider a Aider

Harvard Public Health Magazine: The Business of Social Change

Global Citizen: Merging Interests

Vice: Palestinian Refugees Are Starting An All-Female Foodtruck in Lebanon

Forbes: Palestinian Refugees In Beirut Crowdfund $60,000 To Buy A Foodtruck

Alfanar: Combining Philanthropy and Financial Rigour