Over the past year, the Pearl Initiative has collected data surrounding governance practices in the philanthropic and CSR sector from leading organisations in the Gulf Region through a series of interviews, focus group discussions and surveys. Our research has shown that in the Gulf Region, philanthropic organisations and corporations are taking positive measures to enhance their governance practices, particularly practices related to transparency and impact evaluation.
However, despite ongoing efforts, discussions with key players reveal that:
- There is a requirement for philanthropic and CSR initiatives to be increasingly focused on results rather than activities solely; and
- There is a need for organisations to introduce defined systems or standards to better monitor the results of their initiatives and measure their impact.
To address these challenges, the Pearl Initiative, in collaboration with en.v, a Kuwait-based organisation dedicated to fostering social development and civic engagement, delivered a two-day workshop led by regional and international experts on results-based program design and monitoring & evaluation for CSR and philanthropic initiatives.
The workshop convened CSR managers and directors in leading corporations and family firms based in Kuwait.