Peer Reviews

Devising coalitions that are effective and long-lasting is essential for both foundations and governments to optimise the impact of philanthropy for development. Many netFWD members are already engaged in multi-stakeholder coalitions, but have not yet achieved their maximum potential. While other netFWD members recognise the mutual benefits which stem from coalitions, they often lack the resources and entry points needed to work closer with governments and are cautious for fear that this coordination comes at the expense of their autonomy, flexibility and appetite for risk and innovation.

In 2017, in order to address these issues, netFWD introduced peer reviews to it's members. The netFWD peer review process will help members take a more critical look at the value of their coalitions in terms of its design and function, analyse its effectiveness in achieving its development objectives and assess whether it brought value add to the project itself and to individual partner organisations.


The peer review process consists of an examination of a foundation’s multi-stakeholder coalition in a particular policy area or sector by other foundations working in the same area. For the purpose of the netFWD peer reviews, the term multi-stakeholder coalition is defined as follows: voluntary partnership initiative involving two or more organisations (foundation, government, business, non-profits) that enter into a collaborative arrangement based on (i) shared goals, (ii) shared power and decision making, and (iii) shared or pooling of resources in order to design and carry out a joint project or programme. 

The objective of the peer review process is threefold:

  • to enable the foundation under review to: (i) share its experience and good practice on multi-stakeholder coalitions; (ii) learn from other foundations’ experience on multi-stakeholder coalitions; (iii) receive recommendations on how to improve ongoing coalitions.
  • to help foundations participating in the peer review(i.e. peer reviewers) to: (i) reflect on the management and delivery of their own multi-stakeholder coalitions; (ii) learn about good practices and standards from other foundations; (iii) learn relevant lessons, avoid common mistakes, save time and money.
  • to build shared knowledge base on effective multi-stakeholder coalitions benefiting all netFWD members.


Famework for analysis

netFWD peer review framework1 2018


The OECD netFWD peer reviews examine several dimensions of a multistakeholder partnership: (1) Partnership design and functioning, (2) Partnership project’s results, and (3) Partnership value-added.

The OECD netFWD supports each peer review by providing methodology and analysis, organising meetings and on-site meetings, facilitating the discussion among participants, ensuring quality stardards are maintained throughtout the review, and future reviews. The results of those reviews will help build a solid knowledge base on good practice in multi-stakeholder coalitions.


Organisation of Work

The OECD netFWD peer review comprises five main phrases over a period of 6-8 months.



netFWD Peer Review: Education

The first netFWD peer review on coalitions in education is being carried out between September 2017 and March 2018. The following members are participating: Aga Khan Foundation (Switzerland), Ayrton Senna Foundation (Brazil), Banorte Foundation (Mexico),  Itau Social Foundation (Brazil) and Learning Links Foundation (India).

The peer review examines the coalition between Fundação Itaú Social, Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas em Educação, Cultura e Ação Comunitária (Cenpec) and the Ministry of Education (MEC), in charge of the programme “Writing the Future”.

Depending on the demand, other peer reviews (in the area of health, youth empowerment, etc.) may also be carried out in 2018.

More Information / Contact:

For more detailed information on the OECD netFWD peer review process see the 2017 Peer review concept note or please contact Ewelina Oblacewicz on 


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