ProjectGerman and International Foundations in Emerging Markets

Project Context

The landscape of foundations active in developing countries has enjoyed a substantial growth over the past decade. Private foundations or endowed by German or international families such as The Bertelsmann Stiftung or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, corporate foundations such as the IKEA Foundation or local foundations from emerging countries like the Bharti Foundation are prominent examples which have become increasingly powerful actors in the development field.

These existing and emerging philanthropic actors can become interesting potential partners for GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and their efforts in emerging economies.

Project Objective

The goal of this study was to identify private European and North American foundations with activities in or related to emerging markets as well as to identify concrete partnering opportunities for GIZ. The study focused on the following countries: China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, as well as Egypt and Central Asia/South Caucasus regions. This comprehensive landscaping study was based on extensive desk research and interviews with foundations, experts and GIZ staff.

Project Output

Findings were condensed in an internal strategy document for GIZ describing the foundation landscape in Europe and North America active in emerging economies and deriving recommendations for potential partnering opportunities between GIZ and these foundations.

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Project Team

  • Karolina Merai

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