As the Millennium Development Goals process nears its end and the international development community looks ahead to a post-2015 agenda, the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and a committee of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have announced an initiative to facilitate stronger philanthropic input with respect to the changing global development landscape.
The Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy aims to enable the philanthropic sector to play a more active role in the planning and implementation of global development goals — including but not limited to the Sustainable Development Goals — and serve as a strategic partner to the UN system and governments around the globe. To that end, UNDP and FC will work with the Ford, Conrad N. Hilton, and MasterCard foundations and the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support to develop country-level platforms that inform and identify opportunities for collaboration. Planning workshops and pilot projects in Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Cambodia will kick start the process by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and laying the foundation for future engagement.
"Partnerships will be even more vital in achieving the new sustainable development goals than they were for the MDGs," said UNDP administrator Helen Clark. "The Partnership Platform will take us and our government partners a step further in working with others in achieving sustainable development. And it will demonstrate how philanthropic contributions can also address other challenges such as building the capacity of our partners at the country level."
To encourage knowledge exchange, the initiative will deliver a web portal, SDGfunders.org, that makes data on philanthropic investments more accessible to funders.
"The SDGfunders.org website will combine Foundation Center's expertise in the philanthropic sector, data, and technology with the passion and insights of funders dedicated to making a difference," said Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith. "The post-2015 development landscape looks much brighter when funders and other partners have the knowledge tools they need to be strategic and collaborative."