“Merely a month ago Brazil was in the spotlight as the host of the World Cup and in two years time the South American country will organise the Olympic Games. Important signs of the strong economic growth that Brazil has managed to maintain over the last decade. However, poverty is still rife in the country. To some it is therefore incomprehensible that the country spends billions of dollars on the preparation of these events while at the same time there are still so many people living below the poverty line. What role can local fundraising and claim-making play in the fight against poverty? Are Brazilians willing to share their newly gained wealth?” Article by Siri Lijfering.
In the latest in a series on charity and philanthropy in BRIC countries, Paula Fabiani (IDIS) reports on current trends in Brazil. “Brazil is a wonderful country. But we also need to improve the philanthropic infrastructure and culture of giving in our country to cope with the many social and environmental challenges we face.”
In the latest in a series on charity and philanthropy in BRIC countries, Maria Chertok (CAF Russia) reports on current trends. “Russian society traditionally has been suspicious of people with wealth, and that fact has direct implications for the foundations that have been set up by the so-called oligarchs mentioned in Joan Spero’s report.”
In May, the IHRFG brought together in Rio a diverse group of people to talk about how emerging economies affect giving, specifically for human rights and social justice. “Initiatives like the IHRFG’s to bring these players together and discuss possibilities can help shape a future marked by growing local philanthropy and global partnerships.” WINGS’ Ana Borges Pinho reports.
The Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog caught up with Joan Spero, author of a new report that looks at philanthropy in the BRIC countries, to get her take on the spread of Western-style philanthropy to other parts of the globe. Written and researched in collaboration with WINGS, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces that are shaping giving in the BRICs and examines the growth of the philanthropic sector in each of the four countries.
A new report by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities.