Host: International Policy Network. There has been a vibrant public debate in the UK and European Union about whether or not governments should increase foreign aid in the name of “solving poverty”. For the past several years, Dr. Carol Adelman has investigated the incredible scale of global private remittances and philanthropy by organisations and individuals. Her findings challenge many of the fundamental premises used by advocates of government foreign aid.
Dr. Adelman will present the findings of the third edition of the annual Index of Global Philanthropy, the first comprehensive guide to the magnitude and sources of global philanthropy. The Index challenges the outdated and incomplete measure used by the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), which compares the generosity of developed countries purely on the basis of government foreign aid.
For the new Index, Dr. Adelman worked with the Charities Aid Foundation in the UK to develop improved private philanthropy numbers. She will discuss these findings, along with new estimates by the World Bank on remittances that British individuals and organizations sends to poor countries.
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