Philanthropy as Diplomacy: The Private Funding of State Affairs (Panel)


Date: Mar 11, 2013

Panelists:

Michael Hess, President, M&TCH Consulting and former Assistant Administrator, USAID

Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations and Founder, Human Rights Watch

James Allen Smith, Vice President and Director of Research and Education, Rockefeller Archive Center

Olivier Zunz, Commonwealth Professor of History, University of Virginia

Victoria Phillips, Doctoral candidate, Department of History, Columbia University

Philanthropy has been defined as “private initiatives for public good,” as distinct from government or “public initiatives for public good.” As private initiatives became increasingly institutionalized during the twentieth century with the Rothschild, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, both “private” and “public” institutions strove to support or change international approaches to governance, healthcare, and human rights. While some historians claim that the partnership between philanthropic organizations and government largely failed in the 1920s, others argue that powerful alliances predate World War I and continue to shape diplomacy at present. This panel explored “the private funding of affairs of state,” as a dialogue which includes foundations and government, but also extends to individuals, entrepreneurs, corporations, and the military.

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Date: Mar 11, 2013

Panelists:

Michael Hess, President, M&TCH Consulting and former Assistant Administrator, USAID

Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations and Founder, Human Rights Watch

James Allen Smith, Vice President and Director of Research and Education, Rockefeller Archive Center

Olivier Zunz, Commonwealth Professor of History, University of Virginia

Victoria Phillips, Doctoral candidate, Department of History, Columbia University

Philanthropy has been defined as “private initiatives for public good,” as distinct from government or “public initiatives for public good.” As private initiatives became increasingly institutionalized during the twentieth century with the Rothschild, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, both “private” and “public” institutions strove to support or change international approaches to governance, healthcare, and human rights. While some historians claim that the partnership between philanthropic organizations and government largely failed in the 1920s, others argue that powerful alliances predate World War I and continue to shape diplomacy at present. This panel explored “the private funding of affairs of state,” as a dialogue which includes foundations and government, but also extends to individuals, entrepreneurs, corporations, and the military.

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