Women’s NGOs play crucial roles in development projects in numerous developing countries. A study conducted by Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, at Western University, and Dr. Kate Grantham, Research Associate, International Development, at McGill University, found that women NGOs in India and Tanzania “were easily marginalized and trivialized” once the projects they would have initiated got off the ground.
Some critics argue that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful non-governmental organizations, NGOs, limit states’ influence and sovereignty while benefiting NGOs. In Africa, NGOs also place Africans at the mercy of donors.
Since there is already an “enormous number of charities in the world,” most of which compete with other charities for our hard-earned donations, does it make any sense for celebrities to create their own charities?
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech billionaires are creating a quintessential philanthropy for the 21st century. For example, they aren’t interested in old-school philanthropic galas and endowing their alma mater.
As part of an effort to disappear potential conflicts of interest, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump recently announced he’d dissolve the Donald J Trump Foundation. Meanwhile, the 45th President of the United States says its unfair that his son Eric must now give up charity work.
Lack of transparency in philanthropic foundations, which cost taxpayers, raises ethical questions, argues Elizabeth Cham, an Honorary Fellow at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.
Hopes for a female, feminist UN Secretary-General look increasingly unlikely, but there are creative ideas circulating for feminist system reforms that would spur progress from the bottom-up, writes Lyric Thompson, a senior policy manager at the International Center for Research on Women.
Andrew Rudd, a lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, explains why we still give to charity when the “direct connection between the individual giver and the recipient has broken down”.