Forging Strategic Partnerships for High Impact Philanthropy Global Donors Forum, the biennial convening of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, mobilizes financial and intellectual resources to create socio-economic value beyond racial, religious and political divides. GDF envisions a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world, generously endowed by ethical, inclusive, and effective philanthropy
Five years ago, the Global Donors Forum was convened in Dubai to take on a challenging task:
to define the roadmap for Muslim giving into the next decade. As a growing network of philanthropists, grantmaking foundations and socially responsible corporations, the Forum lead a consultative dialogue among the thought leaders from which, it was hoped, a new social compact could emerge.
Half a decade on, with the world having changed dramatically as events in the Middle East would attest, the Global Donors Forum 2016, has a new set of issues to focus upon. Foremost among these is the need to rigorously analyze the past decade in order to ascertain how best to formulate strategies to counter emerging challenges. The GDF 2016 will, therefore, attempt to set new priorities as it looks to redefine the role of philanthropy, with a focus on the Muslim world in a radically changed global landscape.
Dramatic shifts in the political and economic landscapes of many low- and middle-income countries in recent years have resulted in the emergence of a new class of wealthy individuals. This has led to a rapid growth in private and family foundations in many emerging economies. But the benefits of economic liberalization have not always resulted in an equal distribution of wealth, and income disparities have only been exacerbated by the global economic crisis. This surge in social and economic inequality pleads the need and purpose of philanthropy, both individual and institutional, to be re-examined.
In its 4th annual convening in Dubai in March 2011, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists reported that individual governments were falling behind in the provision of social safety nets, leaving the philanthropic and private sectors to carry increasing responsibility for meeting basic human needs. This trend, coupled with a global financial and sovereign debt crisis that further limits government capacity, could have disastrous consequences for the billion or more people who experience hunger and poverty. Forum participants agreed that WCMP can play a crucial role in building a global culture of common concern and collaborative action to address pressing global and regional challenges, most notably poverty, hunger, disease, and conflict.
In the face of constant and complex global crises, individual governments are falling behind in the provision of social safety nets for their people, leading to debate about the appropriate roles for business and civil society organizations in meeting the core needs of their societies and addressing the root causes of poverty. In a globalized world, issues once considered “local” may now pose harm to communities across borders. This alarming situation requires the promotion of a global culture of common concern and collaborative action.
The third congress will focus on how the integrated efforts of philanthropic, public and private sectors can effectively respond to the worsening global issues of hunger, poverty, disease, and most importantly violence. Renowned philanthropists, foundation executives, business and government leaders, and industry experts from around the world will speak on range of topics, vital to promote strategic partnerships necessary for effectively change.
The second congress is convening at a time when the need for well structured philanthropy will only increase amidst the most to lead with particular focus on how to maintain support to the social sector in critical times while continuing to explore innovative avenues that facilitate a strategic shift in regional and worldwide giving.
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) is the premier community of individual donors and foundations of Muslim heritage, established to promote informed and effective giving.
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is a not-for-profit initiative which provides knowledge, resources and networking opportunities to people who have the will to make a difference. WCMP works in partnership with the global community of donors and grant-making institutions to mobilize financial and human resources to advance the common good.