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About the Library

The Arab Philanthropy Digital Library (APDL) makes widely available a repository of the world’s knowledge on all forms of philanthropy as expressed through original documents, reports, graphics, waqf registrations and scholarly analysis in Arab countries. It also houses video and audio-recorded interviews in its Voices of Philanthropy section and visual representations of philanthropy in its Visual Exhibition. APDL covers material from 1900 to the present in English and Arabic (more languages will be included in the second phase of the project). It encompasses the diverse cultural, political and social factors influencing the practice of philanthropy,  as well as the significant contributions from across Arab countires to contemporary global philanthropic practice.

Who We Serve
- Academics
- Researchers
- Philanthropists
- Nonprofit and foundation professionals
- Policymakers 

The project is a joint undertaking of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement and the Center of Excellence for the Middle East and Arab Cultures at The American University in Cairo.

The International Development Research Centre of Canada has provided start-up funding for the library in Cairo. 

Create an open-access global information resource and virtual library on the range of philanthropic practices in Arab countries and communities

Establishing Arab philanthropic practices and knowledge as an integral part of the contemporary global philanthropic realm

If you are interested in contributing to the Arab Philanthropy Digital Library Collection, fill in the
request form and send it to



 APDL Documents

 Special Collection Bint Al Nil Journal

 Voices of Philanthropy

Visual Exhibition