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Ikea donates millions to India

February 24, 2009

Normally we cover South Asian philanthropy to South Asia, or South Asian philanthropy in North America, but here is a great example of something stranger:  Swedish philanthropy to South Asia.



Home furnishings giant Ikea is donating $48 million to UNICEF India to help some of the country’s poorest children.  The funds will be used to fight infant mortality, to improve children’s nutrition, and to support sanitation and water projects.

Ikea’s interest in India stems from their active operations in the country.  Their website says, for example, that many of their carpets are sourced from India.  Through Ikea’s support for UNICEF, the company hopes to advocate for children’s rights and prevent child labor.

(Hat tip to SAJA Forum.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2009 9:34 pm

    What a terrific story! And a great example of the globalism of philanthropy. Nearly every day there is a transnational giving story and sites like yours make a big difference by celebrating and encouraging this type of generosity. Please keep it up!

    Jay Frost
    Big Gifts Blog

  2. asridhar permalink*
    February 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    Thanks, Jay – your blog is great and we’ve added it to our blogroll. We look forward to your future comments in this conversation!

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