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Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (Fourth Workshop)

June 6, 2018

FC and EAPN, in partnership with other stakeholders, have carried out a series of workshops as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program in Kenya. As a continuation of the series, a fourth workshop took place on November 30, 2017 in Nairobi. This report highlights the key outcomes and discussions of the fourth workshop of this series of workshops.

Ghana: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (Second Report)

April 20, 2018

This report synthesizes the key outcomes from the Ghana Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop, which was held in Accra on the 29th of November, 2017. The workshop was developed based on input provided by the cross-section of Ghanaian foundations, support organizations, and civil society more broadly that participated in an earlier "Data Scoping Meeting" held on the 4th of October, 2017.During the Data Scoping Meeting, participants worked together to:- Understand the value and opportunities for advancing the philanthropy data agenda in Ghana- Establish common principles for collaborative data and knowledge management- Identify key data and knowledge challenges as well as needs- Explore existing technologies for collecting and sharing data and knowledge- Set local data and knowledge goals and priorities. The Data Strategy and Capacity Building workshop focused on how to move forward on each of these priorities.

Enabling Environment for Philanthropy in Ghana

January 23, 2018

Philanthropic giving by diverse individuals, social and communal groups, and formal institutions, forms the bedrock of Ghanaian culture, whilst providing for the most basic social and economic needs of many of its people. In fact, giving for a wide range of reasons is considered to be so intrinsic to Africans, including Ghanaians, that "at any one given time, one is either a philanthropist or a recipient of one kind or another of benevolence." However, there have been few studies that have systematically analysed the potential of philanthropy to contribute to development aspirations at the national level.

Philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals: Engaging Brazilian Private Social Investment in the Global Development Agenda

January 2, 2018

The engagement of philanthropy in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is recent. The urgency of greater social impact is one of the points of intersection of the two agendas of work. The report "Philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals: Engaging Private Social Investment in the Global Development Agenda" presents a mapping of SDG implementation in Brazil with the support from philanthropy, business and civil society actors.

Ghana: Data Strategy and Capacity Building

November 20, 2017

Awareness of the value of data in achieving important social and development goals has been increasing in Ghana in recent years. In 2011, Ghana signed the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative with aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, fight corruption and harness data and new technology to strengthen governance. The government also created the National Information and Technology Agency (NITA) in 2011 to develop and manage an open government data portal as part of a movement to make government data more available. Over the last few years, NITA has been working towards setting up repositories and portals of government data.Because existing data initiatives are largely driven by the government, they usually do not take into account data from or about civil society actors. In particular, Ghana lacks a dedicated platform and framework for collecting, sharing, and analyzing data on philanthropy. With this in mind and to address this issue, Foundation Center, in collaboration with SDG Philanthropy Platform and African Philanthropy Network, co-convened a data scoping meeting on October 4, 2017 in Accra. The specific objectives of the data scoping meeting were to:1. Understand the value and opportunities for advancing the philanthropy data agenda in Ghana.2. Establish common principles for collaborative data and knowledge management.3. Identify key data and knowledge challenges and needs.4. Explore existing technologies for collecting and sharing data and knowledge.5. Set local data and knowledge goals and priorities.This report summarizes the outcomes of the data scoping meeting, including highlights from the discussions and key recommendations.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (3rd Report)

August 31, 2017

This report highlights the key outcomes of the Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System Workshop held in Nairobi on April 6, 2017, the third in a series of workshops conducted over the past year in Kenya as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program, a joint effort led by East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Kenya Philanthropy Forum, and Foundation Center in partnership with the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), SDG Philanthropy Platform, and more than 40 Kenyan philanthropic organizations. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of foundations and trusts to collect, analyze, and share reliable data to highlight the value of Kenyan philanthropy to national development outcomes, facilitate philanthropic collaboration, and inform grantmaking and programmatic decisions.The workshop was held to move the program forward from knowledge sharing and strategy development to implementation. It sought to solidify agreements made during the first year of the program and was focused on the development of a prototype data portal on Kenyan philanthropy. The partners agreed on which data are shareable at this time and outlined the structure of the data portal. Having agreement on what information to share and how to structure it was crucial at this point in the process, as it will serve as a framework for data collection and to make sure the data that will ultimately be shared is contextually relevant and applicable. Further, the partners continued to develop the strategy for implementation over the medium term and agreed on partner roles and concrete next steps.

Accelerating Early Childhood Development Impacts in Kenya

June 19, 2017

Kenya has a long history of preschool provision along with a supportive policy framework from its independence. This preschool provision, originally known as ECCE – Early Childhood Care and Education, was provided by women for whom this was a source of livelihoods, income, and social standing in their communities, with provisions offered to the broad range of social, economic, cultural, and geographicgroups. In both policy and provision, early childhood services were an important factor of local development building preschool provision in the spirit of "Harambee" meaning self-help as a means to bottom-up nation building. From independence to the 1970s, during its first decade, this provision enabled local communities to determine and define their own needs and to create programmes to address their needs.

Peace and Sustainable Development in Colombia

May 31, 2017

The causes and consequences of Colombia's conflict have created a vicious cycle of economic inequality, weak institutional capacity, and the presence of illegal economies. This report argues that philanthropy can become a key player in the transition towards peace building, and in creating the conditions needed for sustainable peace by acting as a catalyst for innovation and collective action in Colombia. The report also provides concrete recommendations and ways forward for local and international philanthropic organizations to support Colombia's transition towards peace.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (2nd Report)

September 28, 2016

This report presents key outcomes from the Kenya Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop, held in Nairobi on the 4th and 5th of July 2016. The Workshop was developed based on input provided by a cross section of Kenyan foundations, trusts, and support organisations that participated in an earlier "Data Scoping Meeting," held in Nairobi on 28 April 2016.

Converging Interests: How Governments and the Philanthropy Sector are Collaborating to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - A Synopsis

September 16, 2016

In 2014, three foundations came together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Foundation Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to create a platform for change that would bring the philanthropy sector into the partnership of those addressing these grand challenges. We and our founding funders, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation, recognized that civil society and business were already creating coalitions and processes to help achieve the SDGs. Our work as the SDG Philanthropy Platform, described here and on our website, was designed to bring in this sector using the essential elements of a platform.What is a platform? Unlike bounded projects and programs, a platform creates a playing field that draws in more and more actors over time toward shared purposes. Designed without a gatekeeping function on size or numbers, such a Platform is able to scale over time in response to demand from funders, grantees and anyone in any sector who seeks deeper information or partnerships on the SDGs, as well as pathways to achieve more systems-level change. As the SDG Philanthropy Platform, we have since early 2014 convened dozens of meetings in many countries to stimulate new partnerships so that these grand challenges can be met.Governments and the UN system have an enormous responsibility in shepherding the achievement of the SDGs. But they cannot, nor should they, do it alone. Today's problems are so complex and urgent that new approaches are required that quite literally mobilize every sector and level of society. Only with deep awareness and embracing of the SDGs, and the rights and obligations they represent, will we be able, as humanity and the planet, tohold ourselves mutually accountable for achieving them.

Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya: A Primer for Philanthropists and Other Social Investors

September 8, 2016

Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya: A primer for philanthropists and other social investors has been designed to help philanthropic and other social investment organizations and individuals to engage in delivering sustainable development in Kenya in line with the local context and the emerging SDG support and coordination mechanisms.The role of philanthropic and other social investment organizations - venture philanthropists, social investors, impact investors and others1 - in helping to drive a coordinated effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a critical one. Indeed, philanthropy's importance as an integrated player in the global agenda has been gaining wider recognition and traction since the inception of the SDGs, and philanthropic leaders around the world are joining the dialogue to help jointly formulate pathways for more proactive engagement with government, UN agencies, civil society and business.It is more critical than ever for philanthropy and social investment actors to understand the emerging SDG ecosystem in the countries in which they work and particularly to understand how to engage with, influence and benefit from coordination around the SDGs. Such an understanding, which this Primer aims to provide, is the starting point for greater alignment of and coordination between the variety of actors striving to achieve similar and/or complementary goals under the umbrella of the SDGs.

From Global Goals to Local Impact: How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S.

July 20, 2016

The universal nature of the SDGs reflects the unprecedented political and moral consensus behind them—not just among member states, but within and across them. For its part, the United States played an essential, active role in developing the SDGs, as did the philanthropic community. Nearly 80,000 Americans completed the MyWorld survey, many doing so after learning about the portal participating in a local meeting organized by the U.N. Foundation in partnership with UNA-USA.