Philanthropy, Self-Interest, and Accountability

Devesh Kapur

in Giving Well

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739073
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855872 | DOI:
Philanthropy, Self-Interest, and Accountability

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This chapter looks at the role that academics have come to play in the developing world as consultants, educators, and practitioners. Universities and academics stand to profit enormously from these activities and, despite the vulnerability of people in developing countries, and the potential influence that academics from elite universities can have, there is little to no monitoring or accountability. Academics who may have conflicts of interest, such as financial interests in patented technologies, which they recommend to developing countries, currently are not required to disclose the conflict. The author suggests transparency, possible fiduciary duties, and greater emphasis on strengthening the academy of developing countries.

Keywords: academic conflict of interest; academics; accountability; AIDS; Bayh‐Dole Act; developing countries; universities

Chapter.  10009 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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