World Social Forum Presentation

World Social Forum 2015

Workshop on Volunteering by the International Association for Volunteer Effort


State of Volunteering in the Arab World
Dr. Patricia Nabti
IAVE Arab Region Representative
International Association for Volunteer Effort
Director, Learning to CARE Institute, Beirut, Lebanon


Arab traditions of volunteering

  • ‘Awni
  • Nakhwa
  • Wajbat

Developments in volunteering over the past 20 years

  • Expansion of civil society
  • Development of school and university service programs
  • Corporate volunteering
  • Recognition of volunteering benefits for youth employability & entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer centers and other supportive institutions
  • Websites and social media
  • Music and videos
  • Publications
  • Professionals in volunteerism
  • Conferences

What is still needed

  • More and better-trained professionals
  • Resources in Arabic appropriate to Arab culture and society
  • National Volunteer Centers
  • Networking, cooperation, and collaboration


The Presenter: Dr. Patricia Mihaly Nabti

  • Cultural Anthropologist of the Arab region
  • PhD from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut
  • Founder and Director of a Lebanese NGO to promote volunteering for 14 years
  • Currently Director of the Learning to CARE Institute, based in Beirut  (
  • Provides consulting, training, and resource development on all aspects of volunteerism throughout the region
  • IAVE Regional Representative for the Arab Region since 2009  (
  • *Certified Volunteer Administrator
  • Author: Learning to CARE: Education, Volunteering, and Community Service
  • Author: Corporate Volunteering in the Arab World