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With their chapter “Philanthropy and Human Rights: Voluntary but not without Obligation” Yvonne Donders and Vincent Vleugel have made an important contribution to the Investigation Philanthropy by the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).

The broad conclusion of the Investigation is that cooperation between the government and philanthropy pays off, but that the government should be wary of entanglement and blurring of roles. In their contribution Donders and Vleugel discuss the human rights obligations and responsibilities of the government and of the sector of philanthropy in cases where public tasks are (partially) carried out by private parties. They argue that human rights also have meaning for philanthropic organisations and therefore should have a prominent place in the cooperation between the government and the sector of philanthropy.

The report (in Dutch) can be found here.