EWMI Programs in Global


EWMI takes pride in its commitment to its local partners, and established the Partner Legacy Support Program in 2013 as a mechanism to continue to fund its partners around the world. To date, EWMI has accepted donations from individuals, foundations, and donor advised funds for partners in Cambodia, Kosovo and Liberia that promote access to justice for the most vulnerable groups in various political, economic and cultural contexts.


The George Mason University – Nonprofit Employment Data (GMU-NED) Project generates new information on economic trends in the nonprofit sector that demonstrate the significant economic scale and importance of the nonprofit sector on the national, state, and regional levels. The GMU-NED Project, housed at the Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise in the GMU Schar School of Policy and Government and funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, will build on the work of the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project (JHU-NED) led by late EWMI partner Dr. Lester Salamon.


The Open Development Initiative (ODI) is an open data and information network developed by EWMI that sheds light on development trends in the Lower Mekong Basin. The lower Mekong basin is a trans-boundary ecosystem shared by 6 countries providing a central livelihood and food security to 65 million people as the largest inland fishery in the world.


USAID’s new Partners for Financial Stability Program (PFS) is a three-year regional program that builds upon USAID and EWMI's prior work in the financial sector while addressing some of the key challenges posed by the global financial crisis in the partner countries in Southeast Europe and Eurasia. The PFS Program supports financial sector development by bringing together regional players from partner and mentor countries to address regional challenges, promote the adoption and implementation of international best practices, and to share experience and lessons learned.


A crucial barrier to the development of community foundations and other community-based philanthropic institutions in less-developed regions of the world has been the general lack of capital to underwrite their operations. One promising route to solving this dilemma may be to channel into charitable endowments all or a portion of the proceeds of a wide array of "privatization transactions" in which public assets are transferred into private hands.