Carnegie Corporation of New York

Introduction

The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a US-based philanthropic fund established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Guided by its funder’s vision, the foundation has devoted unremitting effort toward international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge to support education activities across the United States, and later the world.

The foundation’s grant making in support of development is administered through its Higher Education and Research in Africa Program.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has been sharing data on its commitments with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018. For charts and trends using disbursement data, commitments are used as a proxy for disbursements.

Private development finance

In 2017, the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided USD 24.2 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. However, 1.4% of the total was implemented by multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 22.0 million (91.0%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled through universities, colleges or other teaching institutions, research institutes or think tanks, and USD 1.6 million (6.6%) through networks and public-private partnerships. Moreover, USD 0.2 million (1.0%) was channelled through civil society organisations (CSOs). See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s financing was primarily focused on Africa. USD 18.5 million (76.6%) was allocated to south of Sahara Africa and USD 3.6 million (15.0%) to the Middle East.

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In 2017, the Carnegie Corporation of New York distributed its country-allocated grants amongst three countries. These funds amounted to 5.3% of the total. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 0.9 million in 2017 (3.9%).

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In 2017, 1.8% of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s financing (USD 0.4 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs). Lower middle-income countries received 3.5%, noting that 94.7% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, all of the foundation’s funding was allocated to social infrastructure and services, particularly the education and government and civil society sectors.

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Additional resources

Carnegie Corporation of New York: www.carnegie.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

Carnegie Corporation of New York