Date: 18 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018

Global Journey to Nepal

Location: Nepal


In Module 2, TPW applies the strategic framework to a challenging international setting, exploring the innovative ways in which philanthropists are working to promote positive change—often in complex contexts—and how these solutions are applicable in other geographies.

TPW members are invited to join the 2017/18 cohort to consider the role of philanthropy in Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries and heavily reliant on both aid and tourism, making for a rich international setting to explore strategies for affecting purpose-driven, sustainable change.

With an ancient culture and the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop, landlocked Nepal was closed to the outside world until the 1950s. A devastating earthquake in April 2015 killed thousands of people, flattened villages and reduced numerous heritage sites to ruin. Since then, political infighting has stifled much of the reconstruction despite the billions of dollars that have been pledged.

TPW will spend five days in Nepal looking at the broad development issues facing the country, including health and education; additionally, there will be a focus on modern-day slavery, which takes many forms in Nepal. Bonded labour is a common practice in Nepal, as is sex slavery and organ trafficking. Throughout the week, we will examine how philanthropists are working in Nepal to build capacity of partner organizations and identify best practices in international philanthropy by considering how the strategies used by organizations and institutions in Nepal could apply in other developing and emerging market countries. Throughout the week, you will build your network of peers in this space and together learn from each other's perspectives and experiences in the practice of philanthropy. During this journey, we will meet with leading state and national policymakers, civil society actors, and the private sector to explore the most highly leveraged strategies for impacting positive change across sectors.

Join us on this Global Journey to Nepal for a rare opportunity to consider the promise and power of philanthropy for systemic change.