Second Plenary
Cities and Foundations: 'How can foundations plug gaps in government efforts to build sustainable cities?’

Philanthropy’s role in supporting government in city planning has progressed from the provision of peripheral financial assistance to more proactive engagement like capacity-building and even advocacy for policy reforms. In some cases, foundations have come together to rebuild cities when their governments have gone bankrupt. Critics, however, are afraid that philanthropy’s role in reshaping government work is undemocratic and may undermine donors’ core role in cities – one of taking risk and exploring innovative solutions that governments and businesses cannot.

This session will analyse where, when and how philanthropists can best support the efforts of governments to build sustainable cities. It will evaluate the different partnership models that can be used in these settings and put forward solutions to common hurdles faced by philanthropists in these settings.