Making philanthropy count post-2015

Arif Neky

‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.’

No longer what some in the past dubbed the ‘hopeless continent’, Africa is now a prime destination for foreign direct investment, spurred by some of the world’s highest GDP growth rates, huge natural resources and vast oil, gas and mineral discoveries, and a growing human and intellectual capital base. The wealth gap is widening, however, and a significant part of the population lives in dire poverty. While the Millennium Development Goals made significant gains by focusing development efforts, the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda has triggered a realization that all sectors of the development community need to be mobilized if the goals are to be achieved in the next 15 years. How do we make philanthropy count in this emerging scenario?

It has become clear that philanthropy can play a vital role in the financing of the SDGs. Its unique strengths of innovation, risk tolerance, insights into ground-level realities and relationships, and longstanding experience in developing smart solutions for development challenges need to be harnessed fully. How can we leverage these strengths? How do we find ways for philanthropy to engage better as a partner in the post-2015 development agenda; to connect better with development ecosystems; and to develop country-level structures to help identify opportunities for collaboration and partners to collaborate with? And how do we share data and tell the stories of those collaborations?

Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy in Kenya

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