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Advancing Human Rights Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking: 2017 Key Findings

June 25, 2020

With limited resources and immense challenges, now more than ever human rights grantmakers and advocates are asking critical questions about the human rights funding landscape: Where is the money going? What are the gaps? Who is funding what? The Advancing Human Rights research tracks the evolving state of human rights philanthropy by collecting and analyzing grants data to equip funders and advocates to make more informed and effective decisions. Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) and Candid lead the research, in partnership with Ariadne–European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, and Prospera–International Network of Women's Funds.In 2017, the research found that 849 foundations awarded 25,229 human rights grants totaling $3.2B to 13,819 recipients around the world, 28% of which was reported as flexible general support.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Advancing Human Rights Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking: 2015 Key Findings

September 1, 2019

In 2015, familiar threats to human rights and human rights philanthropy continued. As conflicts persisted in countries like Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, the number of refugees fleeing violence and hunger soared. Extremist groups perpetrated mass violence from Nigeria and Egypt, to Kenya and France, including the targeted killing of staff from the French magazine Charlie Hedbo. Threats to closing civic space intensified as more countries adopted laws targeting and restricting organizations that work to hold governments accountable, including the funders that back them, often under the pretext of counterterrorism.Despite these many concerns, we saw inspiring advances for human rights around the world across a range of issues. Women in Saudi Arabia voted and stood for election for the very first time, and the governments of the Gambia and Nigeria outlawed female genital mutilation. The Supreme Court in the United States legalized same sex marriage, while the Irish people did so through a historic popular vote. Cuba and the U.S. restored diplomatic ties after more than five decades, and Iran signed a deal to curb its nuclear program. At the end of the year, nearly 200 countries reached the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change to mitigate global warming.Against this backdrop, in 2015 foundations allocated a total of $2.4 billion in support of human rights.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Open Innovation Platforms for Sustainable Development

April 25, 2019

The 2030 Agenda calls for transformational change and a new approach to supporting development. Open Innovation Platforms represent a departure from traditional, projectbased, "business-as-usual" efforts, recognizing that new approaches to address deep systemic development issues are necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Environment and Sustainable Development; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Private Philanthropy For Development

March 1, 2018

This report calls into question assumptions about the volume, nature and potential of foundations' engagement in developing countries, and the role they can play to support the SDGs. It presents ground-breaking data and analysis that capture previously non-existent global and comparable quantitative and qualitative data on how foundations support development.The report examines philanthropic resource flows for development purposes, as well as foundations' priorities, practices and partnering behaviours. It presents fresh perspectives and action-oriented recommendations to optimise philanthropy's role in support of sustainable development.It also offers practical insights for government policy makers and decision makers in civil society organisations, social enterprises and foundations. It results from close co-operation between the OECD Development Centre's Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) and the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

U.S. Foundations, Urban Design, and International Development since 1945

September 21, 2017

This report focuses on research I conducted at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) in March 2017 in support of my current book project, The Urban International: Design and Development from the Marshall Plan to Microfinance. The Urban International is a political, cultural, and intellectual history of the global dissemination of urban design and international development concepts since 1945, with a focus on the role of philanthropic foundations, universities, and international organizations. After World War II, cities around the world were physically transformed by economic concepts and design principles pioneered in the United States and Western Europe. Brasília, Brazil's modernist capital, and Chandigarh, India's first post-independence planned city, are well-known examples of European design concepts transferred to the global South by a transnational class of architects and planners. Most such undertakings, however, were of a more modest scale and often financed by philanthropic and international organizations. By investigating a range of programs sponsored by organizations including the UN, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, The Urban International reconstructs how ideas about the design and management of North Atlantic cities influenced, and were influenced by, development projects in the global South. The study asks how urban planners, architects, consultants, academics, public officials, and grassroots activists circulated ideas about how cities should look, who counted as urban citizens, and who should have access to public space and public resources. Those guiding questions are situated in an examination of the shift from modernization projects to neoliberal development in cities around the world between 1945 and the present. The same people and organizations directed and funded development projects in the global South and urban revitalization projects in North Atlantic cities, and this project aims to demonstrate that their work was one conduit through which neoliberal ideas moved between cities around the world.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Summary Foundation Report

April 1, 2017

Summary report on German Foundations and Development cooperation: How 80 German foundations work on a global level.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Converging Interests: How Governments and the Philanthropy Sector are Collaborating to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - A Synopsis

September 16, 2016

In 2014, three foundations came together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Foundation Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to create a platform for change that would bring the philanthropy sector into the partnership of those addressing these grand challenges. We and our founding funders, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation, recognized that civil society and business were already creating coalitions and processes to help achieve the SDGs. Our work as the SDG Philanthropy Platform, described here and on our website SDGFunders.org, was designed to bring in this sector using the essential elements of a platform.What is a platform? Unlike bounded projects and programs, a platform creates a playing field that draws in more and more actors over time toward shared purposes. Designed without a gatekeeping function on size or numbers, such a Platform is able to scale over time in response to demand from funders, grantees and anyone in any sector who seeks deeper information or partnerships on the SDGs, as well as pathways to achieve more systems-level change. As the SDG Philanthropy Platform, we have since early 2014 convened dozens of meetings in many countries to stimulate new partnerships so that these grand challenges can be met.Governments and the UN system have an enormous responsibility in shepherding the achievement of the SDGs. But they cannot, nor should they, do it alone. Today's problems are so complex and urgent that new approaches are required that quite literally mobilize every sector and level of society. Only with deep awareness and embracing of the SDGs, and the rights and obligations they represent, will we be able, as humanity and the planet, tohold ourselves mutually accountable for achieving them.

International Affairs, Global Challenges

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016

August 16, 2016

This inaugural report on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a first accounting of where the world stands at the start of our collective journey to 2030. The report analyses selected indicators from the global indicator framework for which data are available as examples to highlight some critical gaps and challenges. The list of SDG indicators agreed upon by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2016 will be subject to refinements and improvements as methods and data availability improve. Every journey has a beginning and an end. Plotting that journey and establishing key milestones along the way requires accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data. The data requirements for the global indicators are almost as unprecedented as the SDGs themselves and constitute a tremendous challenge to all countries. Nevertheless, fulfilling these requirements through building national statistical capacity is an essential step in establishing where we are now, charting a way forward and bringing our collective vision closer to reality.

International Affairs, Global Challenges

SDG Index & Dashboard

July 1, 2016

This work builds on a report published last year by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Sustainable Development Goals: Are the Rich Countries Ready?. Last year's report described the status of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 34 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), mostly high-income countries. This report extends the work in several directions, by adding more indicators, refining the methodology, and by taking a global approach including non-OECD countries as well, with a coverage now of 149 of the 193 UN member states.The purpose of this report is to assist countries in getting started with implementing the new SDGs.Business, civil society organizations, foundations, universities, the media, and others will all play a vital role in turning the SDGs into practical tools for explaining sustainable development, managing implementation, ensuring accountability, and reporting on progress at local, national, regional, and global levels. This report and the companion website provide rich information to help inform these discussions.

International Affairs, Global Challenges

Globalization Report 2016: Who Benefits Most from Globalization?

January 1, 2016

The "Globalization Report 2016" examines how far individual countries benefited from increasing globalization between 1990 and 2014. Using the real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as indicator for measuring these benefits, industrialized countries such as Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Finland achieved the largest gains from increased globalization. Emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil also had a higher GDP per capita due to globalization. However, their globalization-induced increases in GDP are much lower.

International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Brief Report of the Launch of the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy in Accra, Ghana on July 9, 2015

October 6, 2015

The launch workshop in Ghana brought together over a 100 participants from the philanthropic sector, the UN System, Civil Society, Government and business to have a dialogue on the above mentioned issues and to identify a way forward:Philanthropy: 20 international, regional, and Ghanaian foundations and philanthropic entities. These included Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Foundation Center, the MasterCard and Ford Foundation; Pan-African networks such as the African Philanthropic Forum (APF) and the African Grant-makers Network (AGN), the Media Foundation West Africa, and philanthropic entities in Ghana such as Ispace, Nemont Ahafo Development Foundation, and Adom Trust amongst others.Government: the National Development Planning Commission, the Ghana Statistical Service, the Ministries for Finance, Water Resourecs, Works and Housing; Employment and Labor Relations as well as SADA (the regional development agency for the Northern Savannah Region where there is significant NGO and philanthropic activity), the national teaching council and national curriculum and assessment council.Micro Finance Institutions & Corporate philanthropic entities/ programs at Fidelity Bank, KPMG, Sinapi Aba Trust, and others.NGOs and civil society networks including World Vision International, SightSavers, WaterAid, Camfed, Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) and others.Academia & Institutions: e.g. Ashesi University, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT etc.UN agencies: IFAD, ILO, UNCDF, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, WFP

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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

September 24, 2015

Since its inception in July 2014, the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy -- soon to be called the SDG Philanthropy Platform or Platform for short -- has created vital linkages between an emergent philanthropy sector from around the world, the United Nations (UN) and some governments. It is leveraging the strengths of these stakeholders to contribute to the achievement and localization of the SDGs. Several key successes can be claimed:A clear track has been created for philanthropy to engage more deeply and in a more unified manner with the UN-led SDG process through concerted advocacy, communications and awareness-raising strategies.Progress has been made towards creating a global knowledge base around philanthropy's significant role in development initiatives around the world.Credible strides have been made in developing a data repository on philanthropic giving.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges

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