Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 10, n° 2 (2017)

Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 10, n° 2 (2017)
Philanthropy, Giving, and Development

Open Access

ASEAS 10(2) focuses on the evolving state of philanthropy in Southeast Asia. Collectively, the contributions provide an overview of the trends and tensions in this sector, which is being shaped by often conflicting notions of charity, development, and business. Two of the articles refer to the decreasing presence and changing nature of funding from philanthropic foundations from the United States, such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Their tradition of context-specific strategic grant-making in the region is being challenged by the paradigmatic shift underway globally, which is being triggered by the establishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other ‘technocratic’ foundations. Articles focusing on the entire region as well as on specific countries (Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia) highlight home-grown philanthropy and how new forms of personal and institutionalized giving are emerging as a result of a growing middleclass and accumulated wealth. Pressure is also growing on local companies and corporate actors to show a socially conscious image by funding projects and contributing to sustainable development. Professionalization of faith-based giving is further leading to new philanthropic models such as the rise of Islamic grant-making foundations in Indonesia and other countries with Muslim communities as described by two of the articles. A question running through the issue is the extent to which this growth and diversification of philanthropy is conducive to equitable and inclusive development and democratization of society.

Table of contents

  • Philanthropy, Giving, and Development in Southeast Asia by Rosalia Sciortino

Current Research on Southeast Asia

  • Philanthropy in Southeast Asia: Between Charitable Values, Corporate Interests, and Development Aspirations by Rosalia Sciortino
  • Legacies of Cultural Philanthropy in Asia by Mary Zurbuchen
  • Moving Beyond Charity to Philanthropy? The Case of Charitable Giving in Thailand by Natalie Phaholyothin
  • Giving Trends in Myanmar: More Than Merit Making by Cavelle Dove
  • Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia: Modernization, Islamization, and Social Justice by Amelia Fauzia
  • Addressing Unfortunate Wayfarer: Islamic Philanthropy and Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong by Hilman Latief

Research Workshop

  • Analyzing International Migrant Responses to Crisis Situations in the Context of Floods in Thailand by Teeranong Sakulsri, Reena Tadee, Alexander Trupp

In Dialogue

  • Qatari Philanthropy and Out-of-School Children in Southeast Asia: An Interview With the Director of Educate A Child by Michael Morrissey

Network Southeast Asia

  • SEA Junction: Our Venue to Connect on Southeast Asia by Patrick McCormick
  • Reflection on the Special Gender Stream: 2017 Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference by Sara Niner

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