20 November 2014. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to a close and the global aid community embarks on the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Foundation Center, and a committee of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) have launched a new initiative to facilitate stronger philanthropic input into global development.
The Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy will enable philanthropy to better understand the opportunities for engaging in global development processes and will help governments and the UN system understand the value philanthropy can bring.
The project aims to help funders have a voice in the post-2015 development agenda, playing a more active role in both planning discussions and implementation.
Another key objective of the project is to develop country-level platforms that help inform and identify opportunities for collaboration. Planning workshops in various countries will kickstart this process by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and laying the foundation for future engagement in the post-2015 agenda. The first workshop takes place on 21 November in Kenya, with representatives from philanthropic institutions, government, civil society organizations, and other regional and local networks. Additional pilot projects will roll out in Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia and Cambodia.
This initiative will also deliver a new web portal called SDGfunders.org which will make data on philanthropic investments more accessible, in order to help funders track progress, find partners and tell their stories.
Throughout the project, guidance and input will be provided by leaders from foundation and philanthropy support organizations comprising a Collaboration Committee, which currently includes the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, MasterCard Foundation and WINGS.
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