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Improving Evidence on Private Giving in Emerging Economies

Despite growing philanthropy in emerging economies, there are significant data gaps on amounts and sources. There is also a lack of research on regulations and policies that support or discourage private giving. This research project will explore philanthropic cooperation in emerging and developing country contexts by quantifying financial flows from emerging economies to developing countries. It will also explore the conditions needed to sustain private giving. Measuring impact, barriers, and incentives Emerging-economy policymakers and donors are not fully aware of the importance of measuring the magnitude, sources, successes, and enabling factors for philanthropy. This means that they have very weak frameworks, or none at all, to analyze and compare the impact, barriers, and incentives of philanthropic investments to developing countries. This lack of intelligence on emerging and developing-country philanthropic cooperation brings unnecessary vulnerabilities, potential redundancies, and lost opportunities to the private giving, volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, corporate shared value, and public-private partnerships that are being encouraged in international development. Findings to improve private giving This three-year project will: -develop a critical mass of data on philanthropic and other private flows to developing countries from 10 emerging economies; -measure the enabling environment for philanthropy or the ease of giving across nations through a sample of 60 countries that will include 10 emerging-economy countries; -strengthen researchers' capacity in emerging economies to measure the magnitude and sources of philanthropy in their respective countries and gauge the extent to which an enabling environment for philanthropy exists; -promote research uptake and outreach by research teams in emerging economies and by the Centre for Global Prosperity (CGP) to increase ongoing demand for research and awareness of it; and -identify and equip another organization to take on the central role CGP has played since 2006 in gathering data on philanthropic and other private flows to developing countries. The research team will use original data through a combination of sample surveys, expert opinion surveys, and secondary data sources. CGP has developed survey instruments and tools and is able to research past and future secondary data sources through its large network of individual and institutional partners.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
36 months
IDRC Officer
David Schwartz
Total Funding
CA$ 327,600.00
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Carol Adelman
Hudson Institute, Inc.