July 13th, 2015
The philanthropists of today, he adds, are focused on being efficient and obtaining results. “They also bring a deep understanding of the need to build the widest possible partnerships with governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector,” added Annan, who currently runs the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006, took to LinkedIn to discuss his thoughts on the modern philanthropist. Its resurgence, he he said, “has been a major change for good,” especially the work of Bill Gates.
But how has this happened? “We have entered a new age of philanthropy and the sick, the poor and the vulnerable of our world are benefiting,” he wrote. “Progress is being made on some of our world’s most intractable problems and modern philanthropy has played a significant role in these successes.”
In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.
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