The voluntary and non-binding  Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement (“the Guidelines”) aim at facilitating collaboration between foundations and governments, with the objective of improving development outcomes.

The Guidelines capture emerging good practices and key messages of foundations on how they view their relationships with governments. Foundations have identified three pillars critical to making their engagement with governments more effective:

  • Dialogue
  • Data and information sharing
  • Partnerships

The Guidelines were developed under the leadership of the OECD Development Centre’s Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), together with the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), the European Foundation Centre (EFC), UNDP, Stars Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

At its First High-Level Meeting, held in Mexico in 2014, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (the ‘Global Partnership’) gave netFWD the mandate to implement the Guidelines at the country level. The Guidelines were presented in a plenary session and further discussed in a side event dedicated to the engagement of governments with the philanthropic sector. The final Communiqué explicitly cites them: “We acknowledge the added value that philanthropic foundations bring to development co-operation. In particular, we welcome the voluntary Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement developed in conjunction with the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development and encourage continuous multi-stakeholder dialogue and co-operation as appropriate to foster their implementation and follow-up” (GPEDC Communiqué, 2014).

netFWD therefore developed a methodology to implement the Guidelines. This methodology includes two surveys and a workshop where foundations and governments discuss ways to strengthen their collaboration around a common issue. In each country, two questionnaires are applied: (i) to relevant civil servants, either at the central or regional level depending on the country and, (ii) to domestic and international foundations operating there. Workshops convene foundations and civil servants working on a theme of common interest, to discuss and co-design the outline of a co-ordinated action plan. Each country diagnostic and related action plan feature in stand-alone case studies. This methodology has been implemented in four countries so far: India, Kenya, Mexico and Myanmar.

The results of the first round of country pilots were presented at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership, held in November-December 2016 in Nairobi.






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