The Privatization of Development Assistance Symposium

December 4-5, 2009

NYU School of Law
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY


Privately-initiated financial flows are an increasingly prominent feature of development assistance. Two of the most obvious examples of these kinds of flows are intra-familial remittances and grants from private foundations such as the Gates Foundation. There are, however, many other innovative ways in which private actors can participate in financing development. To list just a few examples, they might purchase goods from a firm which has joined (RED) and thereby promised to make a donation to the cause of fighting AIDS in Africa out of the profits from sales of designated products. Alternatively, they might make a donation to a development project through GlobalGiving's innovative online platform.  Or they might make a micro-loan through Kiva, which has pioneered a form of peer-to-peer micro-finance that allows lenders to select the recipients of the loans they fund.

This symposium provided a forum for a focused interdisciplinary discussion of both the significance of the phenomenon of the privatization of development assistance and its policy implications.

This event was made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and was co-sponsored by the IILJ and NYU's Journal of International Law and Politics.


The Privatization of Development Assistance: Symposium Overview by Kevin E. Davis & Sarah Dadush


Program   (Contains Links to the Webcasts of the Proceedings)




Who should attend? Lawyers and other professionals working in and with aid agencies, policy makers, think tank researchers, foundation representatives, charity and NGO officers, socially responsible investors and students focused on the developing world and trends in international development.