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Royal philanthropy

Leonard Stall and Joanne Bladd 4 December 2018

Royal giving can be a powerful force for progress but faces pressure to adapt and demonstrate its value to contemporary society At a time when the charitable giving of the world’s rich is under public …


Interview: James Chen

Charles Keidan 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

James Chen is chair of Wahum Holdings in Nigeria and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, but he is probably best known as founder of the Clearly campaign to eradicate preventable poor vision globally. The areas …


Two steps forward, one step back in Vietnam

Dana Doan and Phuong Anh Nguyen 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

The development of favourable conditions for philanthropy in Vietnam is not keeping pace with the potential generosity of its people Mutual assistance and charitable acts in times of need is a Vietnamese tradition, and an …

A social justice mission in Thailand

Anonymous author 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

As Thai philanthropy changes, some of the country’s royal family have led the way There has been a transformative shift in Thai philanthropy in the past decade. The next generation of philanthropists have much more …

Royal philanthropy in a republican climate – a view from Australia

Michael Liffman 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

There is limited enthusiasm for royal involvement in Australian philanthropy, reflecting a general – though not unambiguous – current of republicanism There are two primary modes in which Australia’s royal attachment through the British Commonwealth …

The Givers: Wealth, power and philanthropy in a new gilded age

Ingrid Srinath 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Ingrid Srinath, Ashoka University, India What are the consequences of surging philanthropic resources and ambition when public spending is falling and disillusion with democracy is growing? It’s interesting to contrast the US perspective …

Reflections from impact investing in Asia: a diverse and dynamic market

Philo Alto 26 November 2018

This month, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Asia Value Advisors, and BNP Paribas Hong Kong, co-hosted the event, ‘Impact Investing in Asia: A Diverse and Dynamic Market’ at the BNP Paribas Hong Kong’s offices. The forum …

Royal philanthropy is a poor form of trickle-down economics

Sandy Biar 24 November 2018

The Royals are well known for their involvement with charitable causes, including Children’s HIV Foundations, Cancer Research, the Red Cross and even Surfers Against Sewage. Around 3,000 organisations around the world are said have a …

Uncovering the impact potential of Islamic finance in Asia

Sarah Hussain and Patsian Low 15 November 2018

As the mainstream capital markets and sustainable development movement converge, the silos that represent types of funding are breaking down to meet the demand of mobilising capital for greater impact. In this context, Islamic finance …

Transformative…but for good or ill? Corporate philanthropy in India in the era of mandatory CSR

Andrew Milner 6 November 2018 For Subscribers

Over the last five years, Indian corporate philanthropy has been transformed by the introduction of mandatory CSR contributions for companies over a certain size, so much so that, to all intents and purposes, the one …