netFWD Expert's Meeting - Global Private Philanthropy for Development


netFWD Expert's Meeting - Global Private Philanthropy for Development 

OECD Conference Centre | Paris

6 October 2017


The High-Level Experts Meeting on Global Private Philanthropy for Development will be held on 6 October 2017 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France. The by invitation only workshop will bring together senior representatives of foundations, regional associations of foundations and experts on philanthropy for development. 

The purpose of this event is: (i) to present and discuss the results of the 2016 OECD Survey, that allowed to collect new data from more than 100 most active and influential private philanthropic foundations in development cooperation; (ii) to discuss and agree on the contours of an OECD report on key issues and trends in philanthropy for development, including:

  • Who are the key philanthropic foundations engaged in developing countries?
  • How is philanthropy supporting the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What’s the scale and nature of philanthropic foundations’ engagement across regions?
  • Which thematic issues, regions and countries are they particularly supporting?
  • What are the innovations in the way philanthropic foundations support sustainable development?
  • How do philanthropists engage with other development actors?
  • What are the challenges that prevent foundations from maximizing their contribution to development ?


The insights and feedback provided at the experts meeting will be reflected in the OECD report to be published in the beginning of 2018, while an experts group will be formed to guide the report’s development. 

All participants interested in attending the Experts Meeting, please contact Ewelina Oblacewicz (

Draft Agenda

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome coffee and registration

09:00 - 09:30 Opening remarks


Bathylle Missika, Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting), Head, Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre
Theo Schuyt, Professor 'Philanthropic Studies', University of Amsterdam

09:30 - 10:15 Session 1.1 - Global private philanthropy for development: results of the OECD survey

Global private philanthropy is seen as a growing source of financing for development worldwide and foundations’ role in global development efforts are increasingly acknowledged and valued. Yet, remarkably little is known about philanthropic flows in support of development and their deployment at the national, regional, and international levels. To address this gap, the OECD undertook an unprecedented Survey on Global Private Philanthropy for Development. This session will present the results of the survey and seek participants’ feedback on key trends to draw a more accurate map of philanthropic engagement in support of the development. 

Moderator: Haje Schütte, Head of Division, Statistics and Development Finance, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate

  • Cécile Sangare, Statistical Officer, Statistics and Development Finance, OECD / Tomas Hos, Research Officer, Statistics and Development Finance, OECD
  • Emilie Romon, Co-ordinator netFWD, OECD

10:15 - 11:30 Session 1.2 - Global private philanthropy for development: a deep dive into regional trends  

The last decades have seen philanthropy gain momentum. Global private philanthropy for development is growing and spreading to new frontiers. Yet, the scale, nature and practices of foundations in support of development vary significantly across geographies. This session will invite representatives of key regional networks and associations of foundations to share insights on recent trends across regions, while commenting on opportunities and challenges for foundations to further engage in developing countries. 

Moderator: Bathylle Missika, Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting), Head, Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre

  • Larry Mc Gill, Senior Vice President for Research, Foundation Centre
  • Bheki Moyo, Chairperson, African Philanthropy Network (APN)
  • Hideo Tone, Programme Officer, Group International Grants, Toyota Foundation
  • Benoît Miribel, Director General, Fondation Mérieux

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 - 13:15 Session 1.3 - Global private philanthropy for development: a deep dive into sectoral trends  

Foundations’ areas of interest have shifted over the years. While health, agriculture and education continue to receive significant part of philanthropic flows in developing countries, new areas of interest have emerged, in high resonance with Agenda 2030 such as gender, youth empowerment, civil society development or human rights, justice and democracy. Other cross-cutting themes, such as climate change, surprisingly attract attention of only a limited number of foundations. This session will dive deeper into foundations activities in different sector areas, based on case studies presented by panellists and insights gathered from participating foundations. 

Moderator: Michael Green, CEO, Social Progress Imperative

  • Andrew Cunningham, Global Advisor on Education, Aga Khan Foundation
  • Geoffrey So, Head of Partnerships, Novartis Foundation
  • Anne Cleaveland, Senior Director, Strategic Planning, Climate Works Foundation*
  • Ida Kenny Le Duc, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Open Society Foundation

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 15:45 Session 2 - New trends in philanthropy for development  

Global private philanthropy is continuously evolving, reflecting rapidly changing social, political, and economic context. This session will discuss the latest trends and innovations in the way philanthropic resources are managed and deployed in support of development. Participants will be invited to suggest further insights to be explored in the upcoming OECD report. 

Moderator: Claudia Juech, Associate Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation

  • Richard Gomes, Head, Policy and Advocacy, Shell Foundation
  • Karen Wilson, Senior Policy Expert, OECD
  • Stephan Chambers, Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Douwe Jan Joustra, Head Circular Transformation, C&A-Foundation

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 17:45 Session 3 - Partnering for impact in the context of Agenda 2030  

Global private philanthropy is increasingly engaged in supporting development and the SDGs, but much more could be done to further leverage the financial and non-financial contribution of philanthropy to tackle some of the most important global challenges of Agenda 2030. This session will explore how a more conducive enabling environment for philanthropy and civil society, access to more and better data, further transparency and improved dialogue and co-operation with development stakeholders could allow philanthropy to have more impact at scale in developing world.

Moderator: Emilie Romon, Co-ordinator netFWD, OECD

  • Adam Pickering, International Policy Manager, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
  • Paula Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Harvard University
  • Bathylle Missika, Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting), Head, Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre

17:45 - 18:00 Wrap up and next steps 

  • Lorenzo Pavone, Deputy Head, Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre



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