Blog Posts and Articles

Zambia’s New National Development Plan: Embracing SDGs and New Ways of Working


Zambia has recently completed development of its next medium-term national development plan – the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP). The development of this inter-sectoral, results based plan provides an opportunity for foundations and philanthropic organizations to place a strong focus on addressing these concerns in their programming and funding.

Three organizations receive awards to improve access to safe water in Ghana


Three social innovators – Saha Global, TREND and CONIWAS – have received grant awards totalling US$ 112,000 to implement initiatives that boost access to universal safe and affordable water in Ghana. The SDG Philanthropy Platform will  work with the grant winners to develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and reporting.

Student Debt in the USA: How can philanthropy help?


In recent years, student debt has been a rising concern in the United States. New research from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the TIAA Institute presents a new way to think about student debt and philanthropy’s role in postsecondary education funding. Indeed,  access to education is vital to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Social Investment as Vehicle to Achieve SDGs: Examples from AVPN’s Social Investment Landscape in Asia


Following the recent Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Conference in Bangkok, the largest gathering of social investors in Asia, AVPN launches its latest research The Social Investment Landscape in Asia. The ground-breaking report serves as a guide for social investors to maximize their impact whether they are philanthropists, impact investors, or corporations engaged in CSR.

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Strengthening Local Communities to Achieve Global Goals

4-8-2017 to 4-8-2017 Hotel Chaco 2000 Bellamah Ave Albuquerque, NM 87104

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Register for free here.


There are significant challenges facing communities in the Southwest, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes.

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This set of 17 global goals was adopted by 193 countries, including the United States, in 2015. Mayors around the U.S. have agreed to implement these goals in their cities alongside federal agencies, all working towards ending extreme poverty and leaving no one behind in a more equitable America by 2030.

As American philanthropy grapples with local challenges, how do our solutions and experiences link to challenges elsewhere around the globe? We will discuss how these global goals can enhance domestic programs in the United States, and how funders in the Southwest can develop innovative approaches and partnerships to impact local challenges.

This event will be the sixth location in a national dialogue with local philanthropy on the SDGs, following convenings in 2015 and 2016 in Little Rock, San Francisco, New York City, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. These meetings led to our 2016 report, From Global Goals to Local Impact: How philanthropy can help achieve the SDGs in the U.S. This event was developed in partnership with the SDG Philanthropy Platform and the Foundation Center.


Morning discussions will highlight ongoing efforts of Southwest philanthropy, present new research on needs in the region and analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs in the US and around the world.

The afternoon will feature deep-dive conversations around specific areas of ongoing work in the region, exploring how funders can undertake new approaches and partnerships to reaching ambitious targets locally, specifically linked to inequality, workforce development and economic security, and health.


Additional speakers to be announced.

3rd West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series for 2017

21-6-2017 to 23-6-2017 University of Ghana Business School

The 3rd West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series for 2017 on the theme: Mobilizing African Giving to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
The policy dialogue will be held in conjunction with International Society for Third Sector Research Africa Network (ISTRAN) Conference from 21st to 23rd June. The dialogue will explore ways through which giving in Africa can be harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will examine the current context of giving in Africa and propose strategies for ensuring its effective contribution to sustainable development.

Pearl Darko, from the SDG Philanthropy Platform will join other panelists on this event. As a speaker, she will shed light on the work of the SDGs Philanthropy Platform in Ghana and the challenges affecting local resource mobilization for the global agenda. 

Theme: Mobilising African giving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
Date: 22 June 2017
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Venue: University of Ghana Business School, Graduate Building, Accra
RSVP by emailing Regina Baiden at rbaiden@wacsi.orgFor further enquiries about the policy dialogue, please email Omolara Balogun, Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit at or call +233 243746790.

European Venture Philanthropy Association Webinar

14-6-2017 to 14-6-2017 Webinar

In this 10th session of the EU Webinar Series, EVPA will demonstrate venture philanthropy and social investment as a potent instrument for advancing the SDGs, due to its highly effective, accountable and sustainable nature.

Practitioners from the sector representing different institutions will discuss their distinct approaches to pursuing the SDGs, thus shedding light on the various ways that VP/SI can be harnessed. The speakers will also share their experiences and insights as to what further measures are needed, in particular at the policy level, to facilitate, incentivise and hold to account private capital flows into SDGs.


  • Karen Wilson – GV Partners & OECD
  • Rina Kupferschmid Rojas – UBS Wealth Management
  • Fabio Segura – Jacobs Foundation
  • Speaker to be confirmed – Danone

Register here.



Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights Conference

6-6-2017 to 7-6-2017 Bonn


The Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE, Ruhr-University Bochum) and the Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN), in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will hold a conference on the topic of 'Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights' in Bonn, Germany on 6th and 7th of June 2017. Further information on the conference can be found at

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