Our Philosophy Our Approach Our Criteria We back ambitious organisations and leaders who improve the lives of people living in poverty in the Arab world, particularly those working to improve children’s education and to economically empower women, youth and refugees. Please note that we only work with registered organisations. We look for social enterprises that share our values and meet the following criteria: SOCIAL IMPACT Improving lives in deprived communities, especially through education and economic empowerment for women, youth and refugees. SUSTAINABILITY Aspiring to sustain themselves through self-generated income. GRIT Capable, ambitious and unflinching managements teams. GROWTH Hungry to transform more lives over time. OPENNESS TO LEARNING Willingness to use data to assess effectiveness, to be inspired by successful global models, to scale what is working and to change what is not. If you are an aspiring social enterprise interested in applying for Alfanar’s venture philanthropy support, please learn more here.