F20 Foundations Take a Stand: Arab Foundations Forum

Marc Beckmann
Sustainable Development

In times when multilateralism seems at stake, it is even more important to remind the G20 Heads of State that global challenges require global solutions. Foundations from all parts of the world have established the F20 platform to advance the 2030 Agenda of the UN and be part of the solution, especially with regards to climate change. The goal is to build bridges between civil society, business, and politics within the G20 countries and beyond. In our series, we will introduce some of the foundations.

Naila Farouky, CEO and Executive Director at the Arab Foundations Forum

Why are you part of F20?

Naila Farouky: The F20 platform allows us to present, in the international arena, philanthropy in the Arab region, a largely Under-represented region in this field. As it brings the Arab perspective to the global agenda, it also provides an international perspective to Arab foundations, giving them access to global expertise, networks and impact.


F20 Foundations Platform

The F20 Foundations Platform is an unprecedented alliance of more than 45 foundations and philanthropic organizations from around the world. The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is part of the platform’s Steering Group. The participating foundations seek to identify and expose pathways towards sustainable development and call upon the G20 Heads of State to take action. Its aim is to gather momentum for the implementation of the UN Paris climate agreement in order to build bridges between different stakeholders – including the private sector and civil society. The 2018 G20 Summit will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of November.

What can you contribute?

Naila Farouky: The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) provides a locally grounded Arab perspective, contextualizing the challenges, achievements and developments of Arab philanthropy. AFF can furthermore give access to the Arab philanthropic sector, reaching out to potential future partners in the region.

What is the Arab Foundations Forum in a nutshell?

Naila Farouky: The AFF works towards two major goals: It strives to raise the global visibility of the non-profit sector in the Arab region, offering a local, Arab-owned narrative on the journey of Arab philanthropy. It also aims to establish mechanisms within the sector to enhance strategic, cohesive and long-term thinking, learning from each other and outside trends, and to foster collaboration.

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