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Learning from controversy: Effective donorship and partnership approaches in international philanthropy

September 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Social justice movements have long called for change on issues relating to power, privilege, racism and colonialism. Like most segments of society, Canada’s international development sector and related stakeholders – NGOs, philanthropists, governments, investors, and other partners – have much work to do in these areas. Fortunately, our ability to improve on current practices will have a direct positive impact both on those we aspire to serve and on our own sector, in that we all benefit by living in more just and equitable societies.

While recent news coverage related to WE Charity has brought some of these questions into greater public visibility, they have been talked about within parts of the NGO community for some time. It is perhaps less clear for those outside the sector what the required changes and discussions might look like in practice. For example, what basic questions should donors be asking of organizations that they are considering supporting…and of themselves? Donors, organizations, and impoverished populations or communities all have needs; how should they be balanced or prioritized? What values are most critical in order to carry out this work ethically and with integrity? What are reasonable time frames within which organizations and donors should expect to see results…and what kind of results can be expected to be achieved?

A webinar with diverse voices from within and around Canada’s international development sector will dive deep into these questions. Panelists include:

• Mide Akerewusi, Founder of AgentsC, a Toronto-based international philanthropy agency

• Marika Anthony-Shaw, Founder and CEO, Plus1

• Mark Brender, National Director, Partners In Health Canada

• Samantha Nutt, Founder, War Child

• Dorothy Nyambi, CEO, MEDA

Introduction from Nicolas Moyer, CEO of Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC)

This webinar promises to be a must-attend for all who interact with Canada’s international development and humanitarian sectors.


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