Symposium Series Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives

The symposium series Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives is an initiative launched and co-sponsored by NORRAG, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, the Open Society Foundations and the Graduate Institute, Geneva. It seeks to facilitate greater understanding and collaboration between philanthropic organizations, national policymakers, representatives of international organizations and academics working in the field of education.

The series  consists of an inaugural symposium which took place in November 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, , eight regional symposia in, India (2018), People’s Republic of China (2019), North America (2019), South Africa (2019) and Brazil (2020). A closing symposium is scheduled to take place in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, in May 2020.

Due to the Covid19 outbreak. The Brazil symposium as well as the closing symposium in Ras Al Khaimah have been postponed to later in 2020. More information to follow.

The following events have taken place / are scheduled to take place in the Symposium Series (click on the link to access more information about the events)


Two panels on Philanthropy in Education
14-18 April 2019 More

PiE Stanford
Silicon Valley Philanthropy “Disruption” and the Implications for Educational Development
19 April 2019 More


PiE Beijing

Philanthropy in Childhood Education in China: Trends and perspectives
15 January 2019 More


PiE New Dehli

Philanthropic and CSR support for the Right to Education Act
27 April 2018 More

PiE New York

Philanthropy in Education event at Columbia University
9 April 2019 More


PiE São Paulo

Philanthropy in Education – Latin America, the Caribbean and Lusophone Countries
5-8 May 2020 More


PiE Geneva

Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences, and Diverse Perspectives
22-24 November 2017 More


PiE Magaliesburg

Philanthropy in Education in South Africa: A space for learning and collaboration
31 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 More


PiE Ras Al-Khaimah

Philanthropy in Education: Reflections and Implications for Understanding Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives
Early 2020 More



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