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netFWD study "Philanthropy and Youth Empowerment - Foundations' Innovative Approaches to Support Youth"

The study "Philanthropy and Youth Empowerment: Foundations' Innovative Approaches to Support Youth" provides insight into the unique role played by foundations in youth empowerment. On the basis of 11 case studies of foundations that support youth, the study examines some of the more innovative approaches that philanthropic actors are using and their specific value-added compared to efforts from other development actors. The study includes an overview of trends, highlights specific examples of programmes and partnerships, and offers recommendations to foundations and policymakers on how to work together to achieve even greater impact.

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netFWD study "Venture Philanthropy in Development - Dynamics, challenges and lessons in the search for greater impact" | Read the executive summary

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) are and could be more impactful than "traditional" philanthropy. The study then proposes lessons and recommendations to be drawn from these new forms of engagement, their impact and the way they can influence or help leverage the work of other development stakeholders.





Philanthropy, digital payments and financial inclusion by Emilie Romon, and Sabrina Sidhu in the OECD Observer, December 2014.

Foundations must not be afraid to share successes and failures, by Bathylle Missika, posted in February 2014 on the Guardian website.

Foundations and International Development, by Bathylle Missika, posted in December 2013 on the Philanthropy Impact website.

Empowering youth through digital jobs: How innovative approaches are creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth, by Bathylle Missika and Alessandra Fiedler, posted in November 2013 on the Huffington Post - US edition.

Foundations must change to make a bigger impact, new report says, by David Mills, posted in November 2013 on the Guardian website.

Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance: A Clash of civilisations?, the first of the netFWD’s article series, it is an exclusive netFWD article by Michael Green, co-author of "Philanthrocapitalism: how giving can save the world". The article points to the two "worlds" of philanthropic foundations and official donors that have often evolved in parallel, and the degree of misunderstanding of each other’s modi operandi. The author provides insights and suggestions to understand, unfold and manage this "clash of civilisations". This is particularly timely given the importance of getting "this part of the equation right" to ensure to the success of a renewed post-2015 partnership.

A Lesson In Astronomy - Why Post 2015 could be an opportunity to rethink the Milky Way, by Bathylle Missika, posted in September 2013 on the WINGS blog.

The Philanthropic Sector’s Contribution to Social Cohesion: New Actors, New Approaches… What Results?, by netFWD.





Building a Foundation for DIBs: Why Philanthropists Should Get Involved?, posted in October 2013 by Rita Perakis on the Center for Global Development (CGD).

How to be a coffee bean: a conversation on social impact investment with East African philanthropists, posted in August 2013 by Bathylle Missika on the Alliance Magazine website.

Where do foundations fit within the "Development Galaxy"?, posted in May 2013 by Bathylle Missika on the Alliance Magazine website.


Media Reviews & announcements

The OECD Development Centre announces the "Foundations Accelerating Impact 2030" initiative and discusses how to leverage migration, remittances and diaspora during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development - Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

Related to the "Venture Philanthropy in Development" report at the Emirates Foundation Annual Philanthropy Summit 2013:
-- Charity bodies discuss challenges at Abu Dhabi summit (Gulf News)
-- UAE philanthropy should be judged on impact, says Sheikha Lubna (Philanthropy Age)
-- Emirates Foundation, Majid Society sign MOU (Breitbart)


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