Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Philanthropists and aid donors must join forces in these straitened times

MDG : Philanthropists partnership : Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)Behind the consensual language of partnership lies an uneasy relationship between state and private organisations based on very different attitudes and cultures. The worlds of philanthropic foundations and official donors have been evolving in parallel, and there is often misunderstanding of each other’s methods as well as a tendency to keep one another at arm’s length. Less than a decade ago, philanthropy was seen as a sideshow in global development . When I left the Department for International Development (DfID) in early 2007 to write Philanthrocapitalism , most of my colleagues wondered why I was interested in such a marginal issue. The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of 2005 , for example, made no reference to philanthropy. Why should it? Pledges of extra aid money made at the G8 summit in Gleneagles that year meant signatories had little need to partner with private donors. Those hopes of plentiful official [READ MORE]

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