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Conference to examine ethics and philanthropy, May 5-6

"Philanthropy, Ethics and International Aid," a conference that will look at some of the ethical issues raised by philanthropy in the international arena, is set for Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, on campus.

The keynote address at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in McCosh 50 will take the form of a debate titled "Is Philanthropy the Right Response to Global Poverty?" between Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, and David Rieff, a 1980 Princeton graduate who is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and the author of "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis." The session will be chaired by Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values.

Other sessions will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Friday in McCosh 10. Questions to be raised include: What ethical problems face foundations when they give international aid? How can we make development aid accountable? Is aid really effective? Can we rigorously assess the impact of aid programs? What special ethical issues are raised by health care as a form of international aid?

The event is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, Center for Health and Well-being, Research Program in Development Studies and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton; the Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University in Australia; and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York.

For more information, view the PDF of the conference program.

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