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ChildFund chairman says local charity experience can be a model for others

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s transformation from an aid recipient to one of the world’s major donor nations can serve as a role model for developing countries, the head of the ChildFund Alliance said yesterday.

Taiwan’s experience in developing charities and raising public awareness of social issues as its economy has surged over the past decades is impressive, ChildFund chairman Michael Rose said.

Rose made the remarks on the sidelines of the alliance’s annual meeting in Taipei.

The rising middle class in particular has shown a high level of support for grassroots efforts toward child welfare and the alliance’s Taiwanese partner has done a professional job in tailoring international aid programs, he said.

Rose was referring to the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF).

The TFCF’s strong presence in ChildFund, which consists of 12 member countries that provide a total of US$561 million in resources annually to disadvantaged groups, has contributed greatly to the alliance’s efforts, Rose said.

Furthermore, it has brought to the alliance an Asian perspective that highlights the region’s unique cultural backgrounds, he said.

“They are not just assisting children to reach their own potential as individuals, but to achieve as citizens and as community members,” Rose said.

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