Understanding private donors in international development
This paper provides an introduction to private donors’ engagement in international development, particularly philanthropic foundations. It describes the scale of foundations and their importance to the field of development aid. The paper then examines some of the common perceptions and misperceptions about private donors, the challenges faced by NGOs when working with such grantors and the opportunities. By bringing some of these issues to the fore, this paper aims to lay the groundwork for future research into an area of sparse formal evidence, and for better collaborative work between NGOs and foundations.