BRAC (10 Countries)


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Field: microfinance, social entrepreneurship, health care, nutrition, education – an holistic approach

Where: Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Afghanistan Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

BRAC is a non-governmental development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. Started in Bangladesh in 1972, it focuses on work with poor women, who are the worst affected by poverty.

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Conferences For Donors & Others


There are many ways to learn more about poverty, women’s economic issues and transformational programs. One of the most interesting is to attend events or conferences of organizations working in the field where you can interact with others who are interested and involved.  We recommend the following organizations’ conferences and events.

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For Donors and Others

For interested individuals, social entrepreneurs, social investors, innovative nonprofits and foundations


2015 National Meeting February 4-7, 2015, Washington  D.C.

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting offers unparallelled opportunities for networking with leaders across the government, business, and nonprofit sectors. 

Over 200,000 future leaders and experts have visited the United States since 1940, the year the U.S. Government created what would eventually be called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). 335 participants became chiefs of state or heads of government. The program's success has helped make the world a safer place and America's global reach stronger.

Much more needs to be done, as recent events around the world demonstrate. But what does the the next 75 years of diplomacy look like? What do we need to teach–and learn? Join Global Ties U.S. for our 2015 National Meeting and help shape the future of diplomacy.

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Register for the meeting now (if you haven't already)! Make the most of your National Meeting experience, happening February 4-7 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Learn networking tips in this edition of "Attend the Meeting Like A Pro".

October 11 - 16, 2015, Ixtapa, Mexico

Chairman of the Board:  Jonathan Lewis
CEO:  Topher Wilkins           

This is one of the most exciting, stimulating and useful gatherings in our experience.

A four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and impact investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions and creates force multipliers.


  • Death by PowerPoint
  • Plenary Lectures
  • Pontificating "Expert" Panels
  • Auditorium Seating
  • Talkers, Not Doers
  • Business Cards & Briefcases
  • Bright Lights or Big City Distractions
  • Hidden Expenses
  • Kitschy Schwag
  • Suits (swimsuits OK)
  • Institutional Egos or Filibusters
  • Rubber Chicken Dinners

2015 enrollment is open Agenda sessions are chosen based on first come/first serve.


For Donors Only


Global Philanthropy Forum: 

Building a Community of Donors and Social Investors Committed to International Causes

April 22 - 24, 2015, Washington D.C.

Jane Wales, President & CEO
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200

San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 293-4657

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The 2015 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference will focus on global challenges where business, philanthropy and government have clear positive roles to play — both separately and collectively. Regardless of the sector in which we work, the values with which we were raised, or the politics we espouse, we are all repelled by such horrors as the persistence of modern-day slavery, the relegation of a child to a life of poverty, the outbreak of disease epidemics that cut a deadly swath across whole societies and Katrina-like weather extremes that reveal gross, and oftentimes life-ending inequities and governance failures.

Solutions to these daunting problems and others can and will be found at the intersection of public, private and social sector work. These challenges are the result of broken, even malign systems that can be replaced by new systems and the soft infrastructure of effective governance. But no individual, entity or sector can do that alone.


Throughout the Conference, the unique pressures on and requirements of each sector will be acknowledged. But most importantly, all of the conversations will begin with the assumption that regardless of one’s profession, authority or source of expertise, each individual can play a role — and that role may be one of disruptor, decision maker or both.


Program tracks, teed up by Plenary Panels and analyzed deeply during Working Group sessions, will consider methods for combating large-scale social problems:

  • Building Capacity: Strengthening Health Systems
  • Leveraging Market Systems for Good: Transforming Global Supply Chains and Protecting Those Within
  • Supporting Communities in Times of Crisis
  • Mobilizing Resources: Private Equity for Development

Chronic and acute challenges, such as modern-day slavery, disease outbreaks and extreme weather events, will be studied so as to understand the ways in which business, government and philanthropic prevention and response strategies can be applied and potentially combined.

At the heart of the Conference will be Problem-solving Working Groups on specific topics, through which GPF seeks to stimulate conversations and help advance strategies that transcend sector and geographic boundaries. Chaired by skilled facilitators and seeded with key on-the-ground actors and innovators, these sessions allow participants to discover, experience and reason together.

A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. President and co-founder Jane Wales launched this effort in 2001 in partnership with leading Silicon Valley philanthropists who shared a conviction that individuals are not only capable of advancing human security, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life, but that they must.


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AiP's Conference on Philanthropy offers a wide variety of valuable educational content, inspirational speakers and plenty of time to network in a relaxed social setting. Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with your friends and colleagues from around the world and make new business contacts with professionals who share your passion for philanthropy. Plus many sessions will offer CE credit for CFE, IMCA and PACE (CAP®)

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Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID):
This conference occurs bi-annually or every 4 years

Executive Director: Lydia Alpízar Durán  
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 150         
Toronto, Ontario       (Additional offices in Capetown, South Africa and Mexico City)
M5T 2C7, Canada
416 594 3773

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The International Forum on Women's Rights and Development is the largest recurring event of its kind, bringing together women's rights leaders, donor agencies, development practitioners, grassroots leaders and activists from around the world. Held every three to four years, the Forum gives participants an opportunity to network, build alliances, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth.

For AWID, the Forum responds to the urgency to promote stronger and more coordinated engagement and action by women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements. We also believe that the Forum has the potential to set agendas for women’s rights movements and organizations on key issues, identifying concrete initiatives they can engage with.

Since the first Forum was held in 1983 in Washington DC, AWID has organized 11 such events around the world, with a steadily growing number of participants. Close to 2000 activists came to the last Forum ‘The Power of Movements’ in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008 and again in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.