Monday, June 30, 2008

Sidel on Philanthopy in Asia

We previously blogged about Mark Sidel's (University of Iowa) article on The Promise and Limits for Collective Action for Nonprofit Self-Regulation: Evidence from Asia.  He recently posted two other articles relating to philanthropy in Asia.  Here is the abstract for Philanthropy and Law in South Asia: Recent Developments in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka:

This report, edited by Mark Sidel and written by Sanjay Agarwal (India), Qadeer Baig (Pakistan), Noshir Dadrawala (India), Zafar Ismail (Pakistan), Thanuja Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Sumaiya Khair (Bangladesh), Sapana Pradhan Malla (Nepal), Mark Sidel (US), Anil Kumar Sinha (Nepal), Priya Viswanath (India), Arittha Wikramanayake (Sri Lanka), and Iftekhar Zaman (Bangladesh), provides a comprehensive discussion and analysis of recent developments in state-nonprofit relations and the regulation of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in five key countries of South Asia - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The report covers the full range of government regulation of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, including registration and incorporation, governance requirements, board, trustee and staff issues, tax treatment, regulation of foreign and domestic donations, regulation of special sectors and issues (such as microcredit organizations, foreign donations, and other topics), nonprofit self-regulation, and other areas. It serves as an update to Mark Sidel and Iftekhar Zaman (eds.), Philanthropy and Law in South Asia (Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium, 2004). Both the 2004 volume and this update report are also available at This multi-year, multi-country research study has been generously supported by the Ford Foundation, Asia Foundation, Myer Foundation, Himalaya Foundation, and the University of Iowa, and sponsored by the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium.

And here is the abstract for A Decade of Research and Practice of Diaspora Philanthropy in the Asia Pacific Region: The State of the Field:

This paper provides an overview of research on diaspora philanthropy to the Asia Pacific region over the past ten years (1997-2008), with a focus on diaspora giving to China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. It identifies practices in social investment and social entrepreneurship through strategic philanthropy by migrants and discusses how these may have facilitated sustainable social change and development in the diasporas' communities of origin; analyzes the enabling environment for diaspora philanthropy in the key countries of the region with respect to its degree of conduciveness in allowing or encouraging diaspora giving; and focuses on identifing and analyzing the gaps in research on diaspora philanthropy in Asia. The paper was prepared for presentation to the international conference on diaspora philanthropy convened by the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium in Hanoi, Vietnam in May 2008.


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