The upcoming issue of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) 10(2) features a focus on grant-making, and philanthropic trends in Southeast Asia, assessing the funding practice of both international and emerging local foundations.
While Southeast Asia’s economic growth has been impressive in recent years, poverty remains widespread and socio-economic gaps persist and widen as the benefits and costs of development have not been shared equitably among the countries and people of the region. In this context, some would argue that institutional and private philanthropic giving has a role to play in fostering gradual change and addressing some of the arrangements contributing to growing gaps, or at the very least in shielding some of the most vulnerable groups. At the same time, critics argue that these funding practices are inherently linked to private values and interests, and may be irrelevant and/or create new dependencies.
Philanthropy (briefly defined as donation or investment of private capital for the public good) is transforming itself in Southeast Asia. A notable trend is the decrease of presence and funding from foundations from the United States, such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation with a tradition of context-specific strategic grant-making in the region, while new foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation opt for a more “global” approach and choose to operate from a distance and through intermediaries.. Smaller international foundations are confronted with raising costs, with some halting their ground operations and others becoming intermediaries rather than donors in their search for additional resources. At the same time new forms of personal and institutionalized giving are emerging as a result of a growing middle-class and accumulated wealth, with many indigenous private foundations being established across the region. In addition, pressure is growing on companies and corporate actors to show a socially conscious image by funding projects and contributing to sustainable development (Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR). At times, such forms of aid and contributions are faith-based and embedded in religious modes, such as an alternative use of zakad (alms) among Muslims in Indonesia or in cultural values like for the Chinese family foundations in Singapore.
With this regard, we welcome submissions that critically discuss one or more of the following aspects:
- current trends in philanthropy in Southeast Asia;
- socio-legal and cultural frameworks enabling or disabling philanthropic giving in Southeast Asia;
- the role and practices of international private philanthropic foundations in Southeast Asia in the context of development efforts;
- indigenous foundations and other forms of home-grown philanthropic giving;
- different causes and types of private grant-making (for peace, gender funds, etc.) and their impacts;
- the growing importance of intermediary and sub-granting organizations;
- corporate grant-making, corporate social responsibility, and corporate social accountability;
- crowd-funding and other electronic platforms to raise and give funding;
- private grant-making, accountability, and power in Southeast Asia.
- Alexander Trupp & Rainer Einzenberger
Deadline for Submissions
- EXTENDED submission deadline: 10 March 2017