Philanthropists without borders: Supporting charities in developing countries (2008)

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Cathy Langerman and Sylvia Rowley London: New Philanthropy Capital, March 2008. 88pp. Free download available

This report argues that donors face a number of barriers when giving internationally due to the lack of independent information on charities operating in developing countries and the vast scale of human suffering and environmental degradation, which can be overwhelming and off-putting. This report presents an overview of the current state of international giving and aims to help donors tackle some of these barriers to funding overseas. It contains interesting statistics including the fact that UK donors gave over £1 billion to international causes in 2006 and that 16% of civil society income in developing countries comes from philanthropy. This report also includes overviews on the areas of education, health and microfinance, gives examples of successful funding overseas and provides potential donors with a framework for thinking about their international giving.

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