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netFWD supports and promotes the inclusion and engagement of foundations in shaping the post-2015 agenda. Together with the UN and other partners, netFWD has brought into life a global conversation on the role of philanthropy in the post-2015 setting that has resulted in their inclusion in the ongoing deliberations. netFWD also advocates for foundations to be recognised as development partners in their own rights through papers, such as in the OECD report "Development Co-operation Report 2014 - Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development".
netFWD plays a central role in co-ordinating and supporting foundations' involvement in the GPEDC and in making the partnership more inclusive. netFWD gave foundations a voice within the Global Partnership by helping them secure a seat on the Steering Committee. Foundations have enjoyed "permanent" representation there since July 2014, which reflects the eagerness of member governments to dialogue and co-operate with the philanthropic sector. Moreover, thanks to netFWD's support, foundations were central to plenary discussions at the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership in April 2014, in Mexico. A netFWD member directly addressed ministers and senior officials alongside the event's 500 participants, and highlighted the strong resonance between the development effectiveness agenda and foundations' endeavours to deliver more impact.
The GEPEs are a practical tool to bridge the communication and collaboration gap between foundations and governments, as well as other development stakeholders, with the aim of improving development outcomes. Developed under the leadership of netFWD, these voluntary and non-binding Guidelines foster mutual recognition between philanthropic actors and governments, and draw the contours of how best to work together on the global, regional and national levels. Building on the political acknowledgement by the GPEDC at its High-Level Meeting, a set of country pilots with interested governments and philanthropic actors has been launched to test the Guidelines' concrete application in the second semester of 2014 and in the course of 2015. Mexico is hosting the first pilot, while consultations with other countries are currently in progress (e.g. Colombia, Haiti and Myanmar).
netFWD develops original content in the form of in-depth studies related to innovative practices in philanthropy. The first two studies, released in 2014, include:
-- Venture Philanthropy in Development: Dynamics, Challenges and Lessons in the Search for Greater Impact
This study aims at examining the journey, enabling environment, incentives and drivers that led a number of philanthropic organisations to (re)define their operating model associated with the commonly used term of "venture philanthropy". Building on this analysis, the study explores ways in which these new forms of engagement and models of philanthropy (catalytic/enterprise/venture philanthropy and in some cases, impact investing) can achieve greater impact and contribute to effective development.
-- Philanthropy and Youth Empowerment: Foundations’ Innovative Approaches to Support Youth
This study profiles a selection of foundations supporting youth empowerment in developing countries. Based on 11 case studies and an extensive literature review, the report looks into the reasons why foundations are increasingly targeting youth and highlights the innovations they have supported ranging from school-to-work programmes, ICT and vocational skill training, health programmes and entrepreneurship support.
The first article in the netFWD series is an exclusive piece by Michael Green, co-author of "Philanthrocapitalism: how giving can save the world". In "Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance: A Clash of Civilisations?", Green provides insights and suggestions to unfold, understand and manage the "clash of civilisations" between philanthropic foundations and official donors.