Carnegie Corporation of New York

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 Carnegie Corporation provided USD 24 million for development in 2019 in the form of grants. Compared to 2018, this amount represents an increase by 27% in real terms.

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In 2019, the Carnegie Corporation channelled most of its development grants through universities, research institutes and think tanks in particular (76%), followed by non-governmental organisations (18%)

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In 2019, the Carnegie Corporation’s bilateral development grants were primarily focused on Africa and Asia. USD 19 million was allocated to Africa and USD 4 million to Asia, accounting respectively for 81% and 17% of gross development finance. Two per cent of its allocations were unspecified by region in 2019.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, 9% of gross disbursements benefited the Carnegie Corporation’s top 10 recipients, most notably the Syrian Arab Republic, Egypt and Lebanon. The share of 91% was not allocated by country, mainly relating to expenditure for projects and programmes with a regional scope.

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The Carnegie Corporation allocated 9% of its allocations to middle-income countries in 2019, noting that 91% was unallocated by income group.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country.

In 2019, all of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s development grants were allocated to social infrastructure and services, showing a particular focus on government and civil society and education.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Carnegie Corporation streamlined its development finance towards partnerships and quality education, also contributing to peace, justice & strong institutions.

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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