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WINGS Workshop - Improving the Accountability of International Philanthropy
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When: 9/18/2012
Where: Marriott Hotel- Zamalek

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In conjunction with the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) Annual Meeting 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Marriott Hotel- Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt 
Over the past decade there has been increased emphasis on the critical need for greater accountability in philanthropy, on the part of both donors and grantees. Today the importance of transparency and public disclosure of information about philanthropic giving is widely acknowledged. Nevertheless, building a culture and practice of accountability faces a range of obstacles. 

If accountability presents a daunting task for organizations working within domestic national environments, it represents a much greater challenge in the case of cross-border giving. In 2007, to address the issues surrounding international accountability practices, the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations created a Joint Working Group that developed a set of Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy.  

Five years later, WINGS is engaging in a global review and update of the document, with the aim of deepening the understanding and practice of international philanthropy accountability, as well as introducing voices and perspectives from the global South. This will be done through regional consultations to globalize the Principles of Accountability document, vetting it regionally in Africa, the Arab Region, Asia and Latin America. Once the document is reviewed, it will be the basis for a practical toolkit to facilitate the operational roll-out of the Principles. 

To take this process forward, WINGS and AFF would like to invite you to a workshop on IMPROVING THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF INTERNATIONAL PHILANTHROPY, to be convened in Cairo on September 18, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. following the AFF General Assembly Meeting. The workshop will bring together philanthropic leaders from the WINGS network in Africa and the Arab Region to review and strengthen the existing Principles document and craft strategies to make the document come alive in the daily practice in our regions and organizations.  The review process will be informed similar documents or guidelines drafted and developed by grantmaker networks in Africa, the Arab region and other regions. 

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