Tatsat Chronicle Magazine

Brazilian NGO Groups Calls For Greater Philanthropy Tie-Ups With India

August 30, 2022
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Brazil’s leading civil society organizations on Monday called on Indian lawmakers, charities and businesses to invest in partnerships with their local and regional organizations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In an open letter, six Brazilian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) urged potential partners to “take a closer look at the ground-breaking results” achieved in Brazil, which could benefit from India’s global leadership in technology and innovation.

The letter follows a generous donation by American philanthropist Mackenzie Scott to all NGOs, which he hopes will serve as a catalyst for others to work with Brazilian organizations. Since June of last year, Scott has donated nearly $4 billion to 465 nonprofit organizations around the world.

We believe there is huge potential for partnership between India and Brazil across philanthropy and civil society, the open letter reads. Indian philanthropy’s use of new-age models and cloud-based giving platforms represent strong dual cultures of giving and innovation. Our shared positions as pillars of Global South economies mean that our collaboration can truly shape the global future. That is why we urge groups in India to take a second look at partnering with Brazilian organisations that are achieving ground-breaking results, it notes.

Gerando Falcões, Instituto Rodrigo Mendes, Instituto Sou da Paz, Lemann Foundation, Politize and Vetor Brasil are the six NGOs behind the campaign to engage India. The organizations noted that beyond the country’s national policy headlines, Brazil’s rich network of 820,000 civil society organizations is quietly collaborating on creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, health public and economic inequality.

Brazil is the only country in the world in the top 10 list for GDP and inequality. Our membership in both worlds gives us first-hand knowledge of many crises, but also how to utilize resources, institutions and expertise to solve them. Brazil is therefore in a unique position to serve as a laboratory for the rest of the world as it tackles some of the greatest challenges in history, the open letter reads. As we approach the 2030 deadline for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, time is running out to solve many of the planet’s deep-rooted issues. We can’t afford not to pool our knowledge in a world beset by such urgent threats, it adds.