Tuesday, August 9, 2011

[EQ] The Bellagio Initiative: Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

The Bellagio Initiative: 
Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

Website: http://bit.ly/qPQfVj

BELLAGIO, Italy, August 08 /2011 Rockefeller Foundation

The initiative, jointly led by the Institute of Development Studies IDS , the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation aims to find new forms of collaboration between philanthropists and development experts  

High-level summit will be held at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre, Italy, from 8-22 November 2011

“……..As millions of people, multilateral organisations, and philanthropic foundations around the world dedicate time and resources for short- and long-term solutions to the urgent food crisis in the Horn of Africa, a global dialogue is launched to foster innovative partnerships focused on the improvement of human well-being.

The Bellagio Initiative brings together the world’s most respected and innovative thinkers in the fields of philanthropy and international development. Over the coming months they will consider the key issues likely to shape the future wellbeing of humanity and identify new opportunities for joint action by philanthropic and development organisations.

The initiative comes as philanthropic giving becomes ever-more important in the fight to eradicate poverty. It has more than doubled in size over the past decade, according to OECD figures, standing at over US$22bn in 2009.

Throughout the second half of 2011, the Bellagio Initiative will engage a diverse group of practitioners, opinion leaders, beneficiaries, social entrepreneurs and donors to consider innovative solutions to some of the major challenges affecting poor people today.

The Initiative will convene global consultations on topics such as climate change, emerging markets, sustainability, migration and rights which, together with specially commissioned papers and commentary, will feed into debate at a high-level summit being held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, Italy, in November. This summit will see some of the world’s best thinkers and practitioners in philanthropy and development circles sitting together – in some cases for the first time – to explore joint solutions to poverty. Others from around the globe will participate online.

In addition, the Bellagio Initiative will produce:

·         A Timeline of Philanthropy, providing insights into the phenomenal growth of private giving.

·         A Mapping of the Philanthropic Sector, revealing who the big private donors are today, what they spend their money on and which countries benefit most from their giving.

·         A Framework for Action, focusing on building partnerships, across regions and sectors, for the promotion of human wellbeing……….”  
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