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The role of philanthropy in financing for development



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Private philanthropy is reshaping the development landscape like never before. Alongside its statistics on Official Development Assistance (ODA), the OECD collects and publishes data on private philanthropy for development, thus contributes to providing the broader picture of resource flows to developing countries. This information is expected to inform evidence-based development co-operation policies and promote better partnerships between the different actors.

New statistics on private philanthropy for development

Private Philanthropy for Development, 2017 data, booklet

In 2018, 26 of the largest foundations working for development reported data on their grant making and programme-related investments (PRIs) for development to the OECD DAC system, following the same statistical standards and definitions as ODA. Until 2017, only the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was sharing this information with the OECD. This brochure summarises the main statistical insights from these data.


How to access the data?

Activity-level data on private philanthropy for development are now available – and can be downloaded – through the International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases using the links below:

  • Private Philanthropy for Development (CRS), as specific dataset focusing on activities from philanthropic foundations engaged in regular reporting;
  • Creditor Reporting System (CRS), the comprehensive dataset on resource flows to developing countries from official bilateral and multilateral organisations – including ODA – as well as from private philanthropic foundations. Data on activities from foundations can be found under the flow category “Private Development Finance”. This database excludes core/assessed contributions to multilateral organisations.

The CRS is a multi-dimensional and activity-level database which includes information on resource flows by provider, partner country, socio-economic sector, financial instrument, flow type, aid type, amount type and others. Filters and dimensions can be personalised through “Customise” > “Layout”. Activity-level information is accessible by clicking on any of the underlined figure in the result table.

Click here to access a data visualisation portal for more insights from the data:

Private Philanthropy for Development, 2017 data data visualisation


2016-17 Survey on Private Philanthropy for Development: data on more than 140 foundations

Cover page OECD report on Private Philanthropy for Development

Private Philanthropy for Development

This report calls into question long-held assumptions about the volume, nature and potential of foundations’ engagement in developing countries, and the role they can play to support the SDGs. Chapter 2 examines the data collected through survey questionnaire.

Cover page WP 44 Private Philanthropy Foundations' Giving for Development in 2013-2015

Private Foundations' Giving for Development in 2013-15

This working paper highlights the main findings of the 2016-17 data survey on Private Philanthropy for Development and describes how this information relates to the OECD statistics on development finance beyond ODA.

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