Gulf Humanitarianism in Flux
Arab Gulf Development Actors and their Development Policy Engagement – Backgrounds, Interests, Strategies and Potential for Cooperation
The Gulf Monarchies, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Kuwait, have emerged as significant players in humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, driven by their strategic interests. They employ grants, loans, and budget support to wield influence across regions like the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, often extending support to governments loyal to them. Their involvement in development cooperation dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in well-established networks and expertise.