Anchoring Singapore Philanthropy in Southeast Asia

Philanthropy in Singapore has traditionally had a charitable and local orientation. However, given the country's growing wealth and strong ties (trade, investment, migration) with its less advantaged neighbours, it is expected that considerable philanthropic capital will eventually be available to address development challenges across the border. Already a number of other emerging Southeast Asian middle-income economies are starting to explore the potential that philanthropic contributions can make to national and regional development.
This grant will allow the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University, to investigate philanthropy in four Southeast Asian economies (Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand); to form a Learning Group of Singapore-based funding organizations with a current or potential interest in development; and to establish a web-based knowledge repository on philanthropy in the region. The results are expected to strengthen the field of philanthropy in Singapore and beyond.

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Start Date

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

End Date

Thursday, March 20, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Schwartz, David

Total funding

CA$ 87,800


Far East Asia, Singapore, Central Asia, South Asia, Philippines

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Singapore Management University

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