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Mark Sidel

Analysis Mark Sidel 15 May 2018

The state of Asian philanthropy

Despite the title of this article, can there be said to be a ‘state’ of Asian philanthropy? One of the sector’s most obvious traits is its diversity but some trends and issues seem discernibly common. …

Special feature Mark Sidel 6 March 2018

The complexities of diaspora giving

In this issue of Alliance, authors from a number of nations and regions give a new take on the theme of diaspora philanthropy. They explore younger diaspora communities and the new technologies and values which …

Special feature Mark Sidel 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

China attracts diaspora investment and innovation

As the Chinese diaspora diversifies, so too is its giving, dramatically expanding the traditional model of small-scale philanthropy. Over a decade ago, in the groundbreaking volume Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India …

Analysis Mark Sidel 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Peter Geithner: an appreciation

Peter F Geithner, for decades a pivotal figure in the Ford Foundation’s programmes in Asia and a long-time catalyst for the development of philanthropy in the region, died in July 2016. He has been remembered …

2 Mark Sidel 22 April 2016

China: The Overseas NGO Management Law returns, with a new strategy

China’s National People’s Congress, through its Standing Committee, will take up the much-attacked and long-delayed bill to regulate foreign NGOs, foundations and foreign non-profits and bring them under the control of Chinese internal security agencies …

Analysis Mark Sidel 14 March 2016

Permissive or restrictive? A mixed picture for philanthropy in China

This is a difficult time for philanthropy and civil society in China. Since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, China has cracked down on feminist, labour and political …

Analysis Mark Sidel 11 March 2016

Barnett Baron: an appreciation

Dr Barnett Baron, a long-time member of Alliance’s editorial board and for decades a pivotal figure in the development of and support for philanthropy and civil society in Asia, passed away on 8 December 2015. …

Special feature Mark Sidel 1 June 2001

Endowments and endowment building in South Asia

South Asia has a long history of organizational endowments – or corpus funds, as they are often termed in the region. Both Hindu and Muslim cultures of giving have strong notions of endowment. There is …