Kuwaiti Humanitarianism: The History and Expansion of Kuwait’s Foreign Assistance Policies

Issue Brief

Kuwaiti Humanitarianism: The History and Expansion of Kuwait’s Foreign Assistance Policies

Kuwait’s self-perception as a humanitarian and benevolent country is often at odds with public opinion of Muslim countries in the West, which remains focused on the financing of terrorism, the propagation of Islam, and other “undemocratic” political positions. This policy brief will discuss the history and rationale behind Kuwait’s emergence as a global actor in humanitarian relief and development assistance, and will conclude with a discussion of future challenges. As the lines between charity, relief, and development become increasingly blurred, this brief will provide an overview of Kuwait’s changing policies, highlighting the activities of select - and in many ways intertwined – state and civil society institutions.