“There’s undoubtedly challenge working in different countries, understanding complexities and opportunities. But transformational impact is possible and every dollar spent overseas will have a far greater impact.
“I would urge philanthropists to apply business principles and market research to identify the opportunities that fit their giving profile.
“Only 5% of US philanthropy is international. Our generation has not been good at accepting the concept of global responsibility. We’re certainly not doing a great job in enhancing the harmony, prosperity and wellbeing of mankind. Somehow, the overseas and global problems have seemed somebody else’s to solve.
“Bill Gates says it very well ‘we should all judge ourselves, not just on how best we’re looking after our planet and its ecosystems, but on how well we’re helping look after impoverished, sick and downtrodden people a world away who have nothing in common with us except they are fellow human beings’.
“At The Wood Foundation, I am very proud of the wonderful things the team is achieving in Scotland and I am equally proud to have a professional, focussed team delivering real change in Sub Sahara Africa. The two portfolios are very different but equally important to us in achieving our main philanthropic goal of reducing inequity by giving people opportunities to help themselves and achieve a sustainable outcome.”
Watch Sir Ian’s speech.
Watch Abby from Grangemouth Academy representing YPI and The Wood Foundation.