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Institute of Development Studies (IDS);
A study indicating that the changes in the ecosystem of philanthropies in international development are the result of adaptation to global pressures that independently influence international development practices and philanthropic practice, combined with local practices. These global pressures come from a number of sources: increasing economic inequality that comes with increasing economic growth; a shift to more holistic ideas of development; a decrease in government and bilateral aid from traditional donor countries; and the emergence of aid funding and transfer of development practices from the BRICS countries.
Global Public Policy Institute;
This study by an independent think tank in Germany takes a look at the role of philanthropic foundations on the international development scene.
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York;
This paper is based on the premise that local populations? engagement in development processes is a key factor to increase chances of sustainable economic and social development. In this context, we present collaboration with community philanthropy organizations as a viable strategy for international development organizations to engage civil society in the advancement and sustainability of development goals. This is done by presenting an overview of the development sector, as well as the added-value of community philanthropy. Then practical lessons and challenges are drawn from stories of different community philanthropy and international development organizations that have experience working together.
This note gives guidance on using International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to trace aid flows from donor treasuries to their final end use. Traceability in IATI works by following the money as it flows from organization to organization through the development implementation chain. Provided that all organizations publish their information, it is possible to assess how much of the total funding at the beginning of the implementation chain is spent on goods and services, and where the money is spent. See also Tracing US Development Flows.
Carsey School of Public Policy at The University of New Hampshire;
As outlined in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need for mechanisms that effectively scale proven interventions for tackling some of humanity's toughest challenges (United Nations 2015). While there are exemplary models that have proven to be highly effective, there are relatively few examples that have achieved large-scale replication.
International Development Committee, House of Commons;
The House of Commons began an inquiry into the work of private foundations in July 2011. It decided to focus on foundations specifically, rather than wider philanthropic flows (e.g. corporate giving). Key issues that were explored included: the role of foundations in development; their relations with DFID and multilateral organisations, including the effectiveness of co-ordination and the avoidance of duplication; and their accountability. The House of Commons also wished briefly to examine the role and influence of high profile advocates on international development, whether philanthropists such as Bill Gates and George Soros, or celebrities including pop singers and actors.
European Foundation Centre (EFC);
Closing civil society space is a growing trend, impacting civic actors in countries throughout the world. This paper examines how the trend effects development funders and actors, and how they are responding. Questions explored include: what are funders doing to engage around re-opening space for civil society? How are they adapting? What are the impacts of the development community's approach to civil society as a whole? The European Foundation Centre and the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society have come together to develop better insight into these questions and to increase awareness of the threats to civil society.
Overseas Development Institute;
This study synthesises existing research on knowledge and learning strategies in development agencies, and draws out eight key questions for comparison, analysis and evaluation of these strategies. The questions fit into the following categories: organisational knowledge, organisational links, organisational contexts and external factors, which together make up a coherent framework for knowledge strategies in development agencies.
How is our understanding of development changing? What are the implications of these changes, whether practical or conceptual, for the future role of international non-government organizations (NGOs)?This short paper summarizes the main global trends in international development and then examines some pressing questions for international NGOs. It highlights the folly of simple, linear interventions and the merits of alternative approaches, such as bringing together stakeholders to find joint solutions (convening and brokering), or rapid iteration based on fast feedback and adaptation.For Oxfam, this new thinking would mean relinquishing a command-and-control approach across all aspects of its work in favour of embracing a systems approach.
Population Action International;
U.S. international family planning assistance is one of the great success stories in the history of U.S. development assistance. In 2007, 56.5 million women in the developing world were using modern contraception as a direct result of U.S. support. Many millions more have benefited indirectly from service improvements resulting from the guidance and technical expertise of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Unfortunately a large and growing need for family planning remains in many developing nations. While the world population continues to grow by 79 million people annually, 215 million women in developing countries seek to postpone childbearing, space births, or stop having children, but are not using a modern method of contraception. The United States can lead international efforts to meet the unmet need for family planning by appropriating $1 billion annually. The $1 billion figure is the U.S. fair share of developed country contributions necessary to address unmet need in the developing world and would also fulfill our historic commitments to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS);
This report provides an analysis of the insights offered by the Bellagio Initiative, a global deliberative process implemented by the Institute of Development Studies, Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation over a period of six months in 2011.The Bellagio Initiative was a process of deliberation about how to meet the challenges to and seize the opportunities for protecting and promoting human wellbeing in the twenty-first century. It consisted of a series of global events that engaged a wide range of policymakers, academics and practitioners from international development and philanthropy.There were three components to the Bellagio Initiative:1. A series of Commissioned Papers that explored key challenges and opportunities for international development and philanthropy organisations;2. Global Dialogue meetings attended by a wide spectrum of participants at a range of locations worldwide;3. A two-week Summit held at the Rockefeller Foundation conference centre in Bellagio, Italy, in November 2011.This report reviews and analyses the key messages from all three of these components before providing a synthesis of the main observations and recommendations in its conclusion.