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Buried Treasure?: Local Foundations' Knowledge Sharing in Jordan and Palestine

Harrow, J. & Sola, Y. (2022). Buried Treasure?: Local Foundations' Knowledge Sharing in Jordan and Palestine. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 52(2), pp. 493-513. doi: 10.1177/08997640221102130


Promotion and study of knowledge sharing among philanthropic foundations globally, led by western institutions and scholars, pays minimal attention to knowledge sharing undertaken by national and local foundations in non-western regions and countries. Yet such settings are often sites of extensive international (largely western-led), philanthropic investment, where interfoundation knowledge sharing may be especially valuable. This article reports research on knowledge sharing in 12 nationally based foundations, working locally in youth development in Jordan and Palestine (West Bank). Findings from case studies and interview data reveal a range of internal knowledge-sharing activities, linked to individual foundations’ program development and incorporating beneficiary perspectives. These developments contrast significantly with the lack of external knowledge sharing and the absence of invitations to share knowledge with international foundations, active in these countries. The implications of these findings for foundation philanthropy theory and practice, and for knowledge-sharing scholarship are considered and a continuing research agenda proposed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Publisher Keywords: philanthropic foundations, knowledge sharing and learning, Jordan, Palestine
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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