Engaging Philanthropy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

Engaging Philanthropy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

Philanthropic organizations should play a direct role in implementing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals by collaborating with UN agencies, civil society organizations, governments, and businesses, a report from the SDG Philanthropy Platform urges. The report, Engaging Philanthropy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward (44 pages, PDF), notes that while philanthropy is an increasingly important player in development efforts, individual funders have tended to work independently of government- and UN-led frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals, even as they made significant investments in areas including global health, education, access to clean water, and child survival. By aligning their work with the SDGs and coordinating with other stakeholders, the report argues, foundations can help shape the development process, increase the efficiency of their own efforts, and measure performance against global indicators. Funded in part by the Ford, Conrad N. Hilton, and MasterCard foundations, the report also highlights the accomplishments of the SDG Philanthropy Platform — a partnership of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors — since 2014, including building a knowledge base to promote philanthropy's role in planning, monitoring, evaluating, and implementing the SDGs.

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