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In order to enable more coordination between these various initiatives, FSG and the Smallholder Coalition have catalogued and analyzed $12 billion in funding from 29 donors representing more than 1,700 smallholder-focused projects active from 2009 onwards. Our intention with this analysis is to provide the community of donors, corporations, networks, NGOs, and governments involved with smallholder development with a first-of-its-kind snapshot of the state of smallholder funding flow trends.
Rockefeller Archive Center;
In 1973, one of the last American commissioners of the Sino-US Joint Commission on the Rural Reconstruction of China, Bruce H. Billings, wrote in his final report on the legacy of the Commission: "Because the Taiwan story is largely a success story, I believe that professionals in the development business should spend time studying the development history of the island
" The success story was the "Taiwan miracle." Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Taiwan transformed itself from a former Japanese colony primarily exporting rice and sugar to a "developed" nation with a seven billion USD gross domestic product (GDP) in 1972. Over the course of twenty years, starting in 1950, nominal GDP rose an astonishing 2700%. A large reason for this rapid growth was the development project initiated by the United States and international organizations and carried out by the "professionals in the development business."
A study indicating that the changes in the ecosystem of philanthropies in international development are the result of adaptation to global pressures that independently influence international development practices and philanthropic practice, combined with local practices. These global pressures come from a number of sources: increasing economic inequality that comes with increasing economic growth; a shift to more holistic ideas of development; a decrease in government and bilateral aid from traditional donor countries; and the emergence of aid funding and transfer of development practices from the BRICS countries.
Rockefeller Archive Center;
This report focuses on research I conducted at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) in March 2017 in support of my current book project, The Urban International: Design and Development from the Marshall Plan to Microfinance. The Urban International is a political, cultural, and intellectual history of the global dissemination of urban design and international development concepts since 1945, with a focus on the role of philanthropic foundations, universities, and international organizations. After World War II, cities around the world were physically transformed by economic concepts and design principles pioneered in the United States and Western Europe. Brasília, Brazil's modernist capital, and Chandigarh, India's first post-independence planned city, are well-known examples of European design concepts transferred to the global South by a transnational class of architects and planners. Most such undertakings, however, were of a more modest scale and often financed by philanthropic and international organizations. By investigating a range of programs sponsored by organizations including the UN, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, The Urban International reconstructs how ideas about the design and management of North Atlantic cities influenced, and were influenced by, development projects in the global South. The study asks how urban planners, architects, consultants, academics, public officials, and grassroots activists circulated ideas about how cities should look, who counted as urban citizens, and who should have access to public space and public resources. Those guiding questions are situated in an examination of the shift from modernization projects to neoliberal development in cities around the world between 1945 and the present. The same people and organizations directed and funded development projects in the global South and urban revitalization projects in North Atlantic cities, and this project aims to demonstrate that their work was one conduit through which neoliberal ideas moved between cities around the world.
Looks at donor organizations -- multilateral organizations, bilateral donors, foundations and others -- and the different capacity-building tools that they use, and the assumptions that underlie their capacity-building strategies.
Examines challenges facing international organizations and the role of international organizations and international law in integrating developing countries into the changing international system in the wake of global political changes.
Estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes reached a record $5.4 billion in 2007, and 2008 giving is likely to top that record. International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, examines changes in grantmakers' strategies and practices and the outlook for giving based on a 2008 survey and interviews with leading funders. It also documents trends in giving through 2006 based on actual grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.
Global Public Policy Institute;
This study by an independent think tank in Germany takes a look at the role of philanthropic foundations on the international development scene.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
Highlights MacArthur's support for the international justice system, development of new norms, international human rights organizations, and groups in Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Lists grantees and describes the MacArthur Award for International Justice.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change;
Examines the Clean Development Mechanism's structure and process, market, and role in cost containment; quality of offsets; lessons learned; and implications for technology transfer, sustainable development, and capacity building in developing countries.
This report provides an analysis of the insights offered by the Bellagio Initiative, a global deliberative process implemented by the Institute of Development Studies, Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation over a period of six months in 2011.
The Bellagio Initiative was a process of deliberation about how to meet the challenges to and seize the opportunities for protecting and promoting human wellbeing in the twenty-first century. It consisted of a series of global events that engaged a wide range of policymakers, academics and practitioners from international development and philanthropy.
There were three components to the Bellagio Initiative:
1. A series of Commissioned Papers that explored key challenges and opportunities for international development and philanthropy organisations;
2. Global Dialogue meetings attended by a wide spectrum of participants at a range of locations worldwide;
3. A two-week Summit held at the Rockefeller Foundation conference centre in Bellagio, Italy, in November 2011.
This report reviews and analyses the key messages from all three of these components before providing a synthesis of the main observations and recommendations in its conclusion.
International Development Committee, House of Commons;
The House of Commons began an inquiry into the work of private foundations in July 2011. It decided to focus on foundations specifically, rather than wider philanthropic flows (e.g. corporate giving). Key issues that were explored included: the role of foundations in development; their relations with DFID and multilateral organisations, including the effectiveness of co-ordination and the avoidance of duplication; and their accountability. The House of Commons also wished briefly to examine the role and influence of high profile advocates on international development, whether philanthropists such as Bill Gates and George Soros, or celebrities including pop singers and actors.