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February 2024
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While there have always been high levels of philanthropic giving in the Global South, the urgency and unexpectedness of COVID-19 transformed the parameters within which philanthropy operates. 'Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South' examines how newer models of philanthropy are tackling development challenges, including poverty, inequality and access to healthcare and education, and questions how organisations are coping with structural changes in donor-driven philanthropy; how changes in traditional grant making are impacting the imperatives of recipient organisations; and how indigenous philanthropy is making a difference. The chapters provide frank assessments of the priorities, challenges and opportunities of emerging market philanthropy, and the lessons learned from the pandemic. The authors highlight the deeper issues at play, as well as offering ideas and positive examples of how diverse stakeholders are coming together to solve social challenges in creative and practical ways. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


‘A seminal work that examines the transformative potential of philanthropy. Through its unflinching assessments and inspirational case studies, Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South both challenges and guides us in reshaping compassionate, effective responses to persistent development challenges.

Deepali Khanna - Vice President, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

‘A timely and thought-provoking book that couldn't have come at a more critical juncture in history! With the precision of a surgeon's scalpel, it dissects the core principles of philanthropy that are relevant to emerging economies post Covid-19. Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South is an invaluable resource for those who seek to navigate the disrupted landscape of philanthropy with wisdom, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to a better tomorrow.’

Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari - Managing Director, Yayasan Hasanah

‘The Post-Covid 19 world is a totally different ballgame from what we were used to. Uncertainty, unpredictability and instability seem to intersect and produce one of the world’s lethal combination producing social injustice. Governments, the private sector and the social sector world over are all challenged in very fundamental ways to address not only today’s challenges but tomorrow’s limitations. This book emphasises building of networks, collaborations and institutional resilience-features of the goal 16 of the Global Development Agenda. This is a timely collection of articles and insights drawn from across the global south that have at the heart a total focus on the reimagination of philanthropy.’

Bhekinkosi Moyo - Adjunct Professor and Director of the Africa Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand

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Full book PDF
  • Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South
    pp i-ii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures
    pp ix-ix
  • Tables
    pp x-x
  • Contributors
    pp xi-xii
  • Foreword
    pp xiii-xvi
  • Introduction
    pp 1-16
  • 7 - Philanthropy in Emerging Economies
    pp 145-167
  • A Call to Invest in Resilience
  • 10 - Creating Resilience and Rebuilding India through Philanthropy
    pp 206-220
  • Index
    pp 221-223


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