Policy Dialogue - Making the voices of foundations heard!
netFWD conveys and disseminates foundations' key messages to policy makers through policy dialogue and outreach efforts in high-level fora, such as the post-2015 debate and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).
netFWD also enables exchanges among and between:
- Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: Where foundations were granted an observer status at the GPEDC Steering Committee meeting on 25-26 July in Addis Adaba, though answering their wish to be more systematically associated to its work. Together with the UN, netFWD works towards developing a set of “joint commitments” from both foundations and governments on concrete ways to engage more strategically in development cooperation for the GPEDC Ministerial, to be held in Mexico in April 2014.
- Post 2015: netFWD participates actively in the definition of foundations’ role in the post-2015 setting, both at the global and regional levels.
Policy dialogue takes place:
- Among foundations, as a heterogeneous group that nevertheless pursues complementary, if not similar, goals and approaches for promoting and enabling development.
- Between foundations and the OECD, enabling knowledge sharing on the OECD’s areas of expertise.
- Between foundations and policy makers, via the specific and exclusive knowledge products emerging from the Network, through face-to-face exchanges at Network events, and through foundations’ inputs to the Centre’s work.
- Among diverse development actors, including the broad range of stakeholders that the OECD Development Centre interacts with, including government, the private sector and think tanks.
"You can’t improve what you cannot measure", as many of netFWD members point out.
netFWD places great emphasis on data by working in close collaboration with the Foundation Center and with the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) secretariat who collect OECD statistics of non-Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows. netFWD strongly encourages members to share their data with them, following the example of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been communicating its data to the OECD since 2009, in order to increase the overall transparency of philanthropy.
OECD netFWD's Article Series
The first of the netFWD’s article series, "Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance: A Clash of civilisations?", is an exclusive netFWD article by Michael Green, co-author of "Philanthrocapitalism: how giving can save the world".
Enterprise Philanthropy (EP)
It is a unique forum focused on cutting-edge exchanges on how to make venture philanthropy more effective while influencing policy through OECD channels and networks. Participants benefit from:
- Transparent exchanges on how to optimise social capital through catalytic philanthropy;
- Platform for lessons learned (good and bad practices) and exploring new strategic models that can deliver more impact;
- Opportunity to sponsor / mentor smaller venture philanthropists, invited to join this working group by its members.
Members of the EP working group must share the following features:
- Demonstrated track record in venture philanthropy;
- Holistic approach to development challenges ("taking responsibility for achieving results");
- Favouring cross-sector collaborations and mobilising different stakeholders to create shared solutions;
- Use of unconventional tools for social change (e.g. corporate resources, investment capital, lobbying, etc.);
- Gathering knowledge about the problems being tackled to inform their own action and influence that of other stakeholders in order to have an effect on the enabling environment.
Ongoing study on the rationale and value-added of Venture Philanthropy for development.
Innovative Thematic Philanthropy (ITP)
ITP members engage in policy discussions and exchange knowledge, lessons and identify good practice on:
- Themes of mutual interest (e.g. education and skills, governance, health, inclusive and sustainable growth, youth empowerment);
- Innovative ways to contribute to key development outcomes;
- Approaches to optimise results and impact.
Members share the following core values:
- Focus on innovation;
- Supporting integrity and competence, as key elements of trust building;
- Ability to leverage resources for more synergies and effective action;
- Acting as brokers to enable effective collaboration.
Ongoing study on Foundations' Innovative Approaches to Youth Empowerment.