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Peter Laugharn

Opinion Peter Laugharn 29 April 2013

Philanthropy for global education comes of age

This is the second of three blogs, all inspired by the recent Skoll Forum and Global Philanthropy Forum, which will focus on the growing importance of global education as a philanthropic issue. My first blog, …

Conference reports 1 Peter Laugharn 18 April 2013

Life After Dead Aid: Helping states improve the delivery of global public goods

Last week at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship I attended a panel entitled ‘Reengineering Aid: What is wrong with the aid industry and how can it be fixed in the 21st century?’  The …

Special feature Peter Laugharn 1 June 2012

The art and science of seizing opportunities

Foundation leaders are often heard to make comments that ‘foundations can take risks that others cannot’ or that ‘foundations are society’s risk capital’. But is this actually so? To what extent do foundations currently integrate …

Opinion Peter Laugharn 26 April 2012

What will Jim Yong Kim’s World Bank role mean for philanthropy?

It’s not often that I wake up to hear the name of someone I know well on all the morning news programmes, but it happened last month with President Obama’s nomination of Jim Yong Kim …

Opinion 3 Peter Laugharn 24 February 2012

From social media to social good: the Facebook IPO and philanthropy

I have been following the story of the Facebook Initial Public Offering (IPO) with interest. The IPO will make several senior staff billionaires, and will turn at least a thousand others into millionaires. How many …

Opinion 1 Peter Laugharn 13 December 2011

Increasing activity in international basic education

In the early years of this millennium, I was puzzled by the lack of foundation activity in support of global basic education. Other development actors – bilaterals, the UN, national governments and households – were …

Opinion Peter Laugharn 16 September 2011

Building bridges through philanthropy

This past weekend I attended an event that marked two very different anniversaries in a thought-provoking way. The first anniversary, of course, was the tenth anniversary of the 11 September attacks. The second was the …

Opinion Peter Laugharn 28 July 2011

We must grasp the opportunity to eradicate AIDS in children

There is some welcome good news these days in the fight against AIDS. The global community has committed itself to end the transmission of HIV at birth by December 2015, and thereby largely end paediatric …

Special feature Peter Laugharn 1 March 2011

Biodiverse collaborations in international development

Foundation leaders talk a lot about collaboration within philanthropy. While these ‘in the family’ partnerships can be very valuable, I would argue that the most important collaborations are with other types of organization. I’d like …

Conference Report Peter Laugharn 1 September 2010 For Subscribers

Grantmakers without Borders Conference

Grantmakers without Borders (Gw/oB) held its tenth annual meeting from 7 to 9 June in San Francisco. The conference demonstrated the fascinating variety of the philanthropic scene on the US west coast. Northern Californian philanthropy …