netFWD › What we do
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 plays a central role in co-ordinating and supporting foundations' involvement in the GPEDC and in making the partnership more inclusive. Through netFWD support, foundations were granted a permanent observer status at the GPEDC Steering Committee. netFWD will also lead foundations' engagement in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Partnership in Mexico in April 2014.
The GEPEs are a collaborative, non-binding and voluntary dialogue tool developed under the leadership of netFWD, together with the European Foundation Centre (EFC), STARS Foundation, UNDP and the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmakers Support (WINGS), with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The GEPEs were developed to initiate and enhance co-operation in addressing global development challenges between foundations and other development actors, with particular focus on governments and official donors. In 2014, the GEPEs will be discussed in several high-level fora, such as the GPEDC Ministerial Meeting in Mexico, and at regional and national levels with other development stakeholders.
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.