Eleanor Roosevelt and Data Post-2015

Brad Smith (Foundation Center) and Helena Monteiro (WINGS) led a recent session on data at the Ford Foundation that looked at how current projects like the Global Philanthropy Data Charter can help give an accurate picture of development progress. Angela Hariche, Foundation Center’s director of international data relations, reports.

Karolina Mzyk — Philanthropy as an emerging contributor to development cooperation

Karolina Mzyk (UNDP) shares why philanthropy, specifically a global network like WINGS, plays a valuable role in facilitating cross-sector partnerships by engaging government, international bodies and other key players. “Philanthropy can be a powerful force in international development.” WINGS and UNDP will jointly host a webinar in August as a followup to the Istanbul meeting.

COF conference 2014 — foundations and the post-2015 development goals

One of the best-attended sessions at the Council on Foundations conference this week was on foundation involvement in the global development agenda for the period 2015-30. The standing room only crowd was urged by panellists from the Hilton and Rockefeller Foundations, the Foundation Center and the World Bank to get involved both in the framing of the goals and in their execution over the coming decade and a half. Article by Peter Laugharn.

Philanthropy and the Millennium Development Goals

Perhaps now is the time to go back and trace philanthropy’s contribution to the MDGs since their debut in 2000. That could give us a far better picture of the role our field has played to date—and can play in the future—as the world community engages in the process to define a revised set of goals for the post-2015 era. Article by Brad Smith.

A Lesson In Astronomy—Why Post 2015 could be an opportunity to rethink the Milky Way

What makes for the success of a side event to the UN General Assembly, at a time when world leaders are discussing the contours of a new development framework and are expected to sign an “outcome document” on post-2015? What do we, as representatives of the philanthropic sector, want out of this important event: high level attendance? Stimulating discussions? A sense that key challenges are being unfolded and dissected to help us walk the talk? Surely, all of the above would be good. Yet, this time, my metrics for success will be linked to our ability to redefine the way we look at the Milky Way of development. Article by Bathylle Missika

Global Development After 2015: Agenda

On Friday 27 September in New York, WINGS will join the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, OECD netFWD and the European Foundation Centre in a conversation on how civil society and foundations can influence the next global development agenda and spur coordinated action to advance new goals. See the agenda here.

Social Good Summit Year 4: Big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions

SGS 2013 is the fourth in the series of annual gatherings whose purpose is to bring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the public on a global scale. On 24 September Mashable will host Meetups all over the world to discuss what #2030NOW means to specific communities and how their visions relate within a global context. WINGS members are encouraged to join this exciting global conversation.

Millennium Development Goals—Take stock, scale up, reach out

A Special Policy Dialogue hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the sector to brainstorm new ideas for advancing global development beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 target date. It was clear during the one-day meeting how much work is left to do to achieve these goals, yet a general sense of optimism characterised the exchange—this in the face of limited resources and a seemingly unsurmountable store of global data. Article by Chris de la Torre.

Foundations engaged in post-2015 agenda

New York — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hosted on 23 April a special event with philanthropic foundations from around the world to generate new ideas for advancing the global development agenda beyond the 2015 target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

WINGS to engage with UN in April

The Special Policy Dialogue will provide a forum for cross-regional and cross-thematic policy dialogue and knowledge exchange among private philanthropic organizations and with member States. It will explore the increasingly important role of private philanthropic organizations in international development cooperation and how their contribution can complement flows from other stakeholders, leverage other forms of financing for development and bring about innovative ways to achieve more impact in developing countries.

Reflections from the AGN Assembly

The prominent role large foundations are increasingly playing, along with various high-profile initiatives encouraging giving, have drawn public interest to philanthropy more than ever. This renewed attention has brought with it new responsibilities, just as the public—empowered by the spread of technology and social media tools—grows more inquisitive. Transparency and accountability from governments, companies, NGOs and foundations are no longer options but necessities.