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Karolina MZYK
on Fri, October 11, 2013 at 08.26 pm

Global Development After 2015, The Role of Foundations and Civil Society

Start date: 
Fri, 2013-09-27
End date: 
Fri, 2013-09-27
27 September, Ford Foundation, New York

A conversation was co-organized by UNDP, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, along with Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support, OECD netFWD and the European Foundation Centre, on how civil society and foundations can influence the next global development agenda and spur coordinated action to advance new post 2015 development goals.

Please find a link to the agenda here. The concept notes framing each of the discussions can be downloaded here.

Over 150 philanthropic foundations and civil society organizations gathered at Ford Foundation to exchange views about how they can influence the global development agenda after 2015. Discussions emphasized the need as well as interests of the philanthropic community and their civil society partners to stay involved, sharing their unique experiences and viewpoints, as the negotiations about the future Sustainable Development Goals evolve.  At the opening panel, participants discussed progress in defining the future agenda and dynamics that accompany the process, including the pivotally important issue of engagement and participation of foundations and civil society organizations from around the world. (live stream from discussion available, link below). During the four break out discussions, participants exchanged views and experiences of how they contribute to advancing the specific themes, their importance for the post 2015 development agenda and possibilities to continue the conversation/collaboration to advance the themes. Notes from the meetings can be found below.

Key messages from the event:

  1. Philanthropic foundations and their civil society partners have been invited and encouraged to engage in a conversation
    with the Open Working Group. For more details, how to do it please see the “cheat sheet” below.
  2. Conversation from the break out groups will be continued at the specific thematic events, with an aim to gather interests from more foundations and their CSO partners and also explore opportunities for collective actions.
  3. There is a need to more systematically involve foundations into the intergovernmental processes and decision making such as the Global Partnership for Effective Aid Collaboration, however considering foundations’ different needs, capacities and also operating models. To this end, it was agreed that the group of philanthropic associations, OECD netFWD, WINGS, the European Foundation Centre and UNDP will advance development of principles for effective engagement.

Notes and documents from the event

Press release from the event, here

Livestream from the opening session, here

Download the cheat sheets about how foundations can participate in the Open Working Group meeetings, below:

1. Post-2015 Development Agenda - Overview of Processes & Resources cheatsheet Oct 2013

2. How to Participate in the Open Working Group Oct 2013

Summary from the break out discussions here

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