The Global Development Institute Lecture Series is pleased to present Prof Paul Vallely, Global Development Institute to discuss "Is philanthropy good for international development?"
This talk will shine a spotlight on how today’s super-rich are silently, often secretly, shaping our world. Giving has, variously, been a matter of honour, almsgiving altruism, religious obligation, political control, moral activism, enlightened self-interest, public good, personal fulfilment and plutocratic manipulation – sometimes all of that at once.
The philanthropist is seen not just as a giver of money but as a social activist, and philanthropy has been influenced and impacted over the years, with the rise of the welfare state, Thatcherism and Reaganism, the philanthropic triumphs of capitalism (personified by Bill Gates), globalisation, philanthropy's relationship with democracy, and business-orientated approaches to philanthropy.
What are the limits of philanthrocapitalism and how should philanthropists should be held to account?
Philanthropy needs to rediscover the lost spiritual emphasis upon the mutuality of the relationship between those who give and those who receive.
The Global Development Lecture Series brings experts involved in global development to The University of Manchester. It aims to facilitate dialogue and discussion, providing a space for leading development thinkers to share their latest research and ideas.
Lectures are followed by an audience Q&A
This event is open to members of the public and information on the accessibility of the venue is detailed at this link: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/roscoe_th-b
Role: Senior Research Fellow
Organisation: Global Development Institute
Biography: Paul Vallely is an internationally renowned commentator on politics, religion and society. His best-selling biography of Pope Francis won worldwide critical acclaim. After three decades writing award-winning journalism from 30 countries, he worked as an activist with Bob Geldof and Bono, and wrote a major report on Africa for the British prime minister. He is now Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, and Visiting Professor in Public Ethics at the University of Chester.