The culture of philanthropy is well rooted in Kuwaiti society. However, with the discovery of oil in the twentieth century, the government started to develop a welfare system, substantially increasing dependence on the state. As a result, a large percentage of donations from Kuwait are now targeted internationally. The legal framework in Kuwait for civil society and nonprofit organizations is somewhat restrictive, but in recent years some positive changes have been introduced, including increased flexibility by the government in allowing the incorporation of public charities and the introduction of nonprofit companies as a legal form.
Our report – available in English and Arabic – examines the current environment for philanthropy in Kuwait, presenting timely information on laws and regulations affecting the sector.