Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Private International Aid

  • In 2004 U.S. private international aid was at least $71 Billion – more than 3 ½ times U.S. “official” foreign aid. (News release “Centre for Global Prosperity”, Hudson Institute April 12, 2006)
  • In 2006, private capital flows to developing countries reached a record level of US$647 billion, up 17% from 2005 (World Bank GDF Report 2007).
  • The total number of US philanthropic foundations increased from 30,000 in 1993 to 76,000 in 2005 with the total grants-giving growing from US$ 10 billion to more than US$ 30 billion in the same period (DECPG Report)
  • The world’s foundations’ work in the development field is roughly estimated at US$ 4-4.5 billion annually, with US foundations playing the major role. This amount, although being an important contribution to development, can still hardly compete with ODA. (Philanthropic Foundations-Actual versus potential role in international development assistance)
  • Of the companies that gave in 2004, 77% reported giving in more in 2005 (CECP, Giving in Numbers 2006)
  • The 2005 giving amount represents a roughly 1/5 gain from the revised estimate of US$ 3.2 billion for 2002. (The Foundation Centre – International grantmaking update October 2006 and from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Giving in Numbers 2006)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (19.3%), Asia (18.1%), and global programs (17.8%) received the largest portions of cross-border giving in 2005 (International Grantmaking Update/Foundation Center)
  • Health causes received 49.1% of international giving in 2004, with international development following next at 11.1%.
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