Welcome to the March 2018 issue of Alliance magazine.
In the special feature, Alliance editor, Charles Keidan and guest editor, Mark Sidel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shine a light on the philanthropic dimensions of diaspora with contributors on Africa, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, China and Ireland among others.
Though terms such as ‘diaspora’ and ‘philanthropy’ evoke a positive reaction, the issue also raises harder questions diaspora philanthropy.
Guest editor Mark Sidel and Indian contributor Rajesh Tandon call attention to the ways in which diaspora philanthropy can be used as a tool of nationalist forces, and emphasise the need for good data, careful attention and greater scrutiny.
No more so than in the Israel-Palestine context where we interview the man behind the landmark Palestine Museum which opened last year, diaspora philanthropist Omar Al Qattan.
In addition, we profile Jewish philanthropists lending a hand to Israel.
The issue also features an interview with the founder of the Guerrilla Foundation, Antonis Schwarz, who inherited a fortune following the sale of German pharmaceutical firm Schwarz Pharma in 2006. What do you do if you inherit a fortune but want to change the system which helped to create it in the first place? Schwarz explains.
We also feature new research by Rob John on giving circles in Asia, and their role in the Asian philanthropy landscape as well as analysis by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors of recent trends to do ‘philanthropy at scale’.
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