Where Philanthropy Intersects International Development Aid

  • Carla Funk


Civil society work is dependent on funding, and the funding model is changing in ways that have not been fully explored. Less reliance on dwindling government grants is giving way to a steady rise in the number of private philanthropists stepping up to support the civil society sector. In this chapter the author outlines the intertwined stories of her career trajectory, her decision to engage in interdisciplinary doctoral research, and her study of recipient perspectives of the relatively recent and rising phenomenon of privately funded international development aid. The Applied Social Sciences doctoral program at Royal Roads recognizes the legitimacy of work-place knowledge in shaping innovative and rigorous research. It embraces the notion that diversity of worldviews and interdisciplinarity of expertise are key elements to facing the complex challenges of the twenty-first century. Exploratory research conducted by this author included the voice of the recipient, providing insightful narratives of lives altered, intended or otherwise, by those with greater power and agency. Findings indicate the greatest perceived weakness of the privately funded sector is isolation of learning and a lack of mechanisms to pass knowledge on to others. Research findings have fuelled the author’s ambition to pursue the issue of knowledge transfer through further research and through practice as a nonprofit organizational management consultant.


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  • Carla Funk
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  1. 1.Funk Management GroupVictoriaCanada

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