Aspects of Philanthropic Work and Donations in Egypt [Infographic]
Philanthropic activities in Egypt (as in most of Arab countries) are wide spread over different causes with more than EGP 4.5 billion of annual spending; however most of them are in ‘monetary charity mode’ and not offering a sustainable solution to uplift the poor communities in Egypt. As the proverb says “Don’t give me a fish, but teach me how I catch it”.
The social gap between the ones “who have” and the one “who have not” is very obvious in the Egyptian society (with a Gini index of 30.77 in 2008) [i], but also the gap is deeper ─although less explicit─ between the ones who have the skills & knowledge and the ones who need them to secure a higher and more sustainable income.
Despite the high level of youth unemployment in Egypt (54.1% in 2012) [ii], only 2.2% of young Egyptians volunteer their time in philanthropic work. In this context, recent studies have shown that volunteering is one of the most efficient ways to easily get a job given the amount of experience any volunteer would get [iii].
Yomken.com tries to fill this gap by linking the solution seekers “who needs the skills” with the problem solvers (who have the solution) through its open-innovation and crowdfunding platform. It also tries to transform these solutions into concrete and viable products through crowdsourcing the needed technical skills and amount for the pre-commercialization phase of the product.
[i] World Bank. 2012 World Development Report.
[ii] UNDP. 2013. Human Development Report. New York: UNDP.
[iii] Alison Green. 2012. How Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job.