Selected MDG/SDG funding partnerships

First ever national “voice” for Philanthropy under the new Kenya Philanthropy Forum

The SDG Philanthropy Platform provided vital support to local foundations and trusts in Kenya to create the first ever national “voice” for philanthropy under the new Kenya Philanthropy Forum. This has allowed the sector to begin to establish its credibility through compiling data on philanthropic contributions and successful program approaches, and to display its unique strengths of innovation, risk tolerance, speed and agility, and grassroots development. Active engagement with other sectors, including government, has created more trusting and collaborative partnerships and fostered an enabling environment to deepen the impact of the philanthropy sector. As a result, over 200 foundations and trusts have been mapped and data collaborations have been initiated.


Further work with PFI to develop the Platform

The UNDP Indonesia Country Office and PFI are working together to develop a more detailed structure and working plan for the Platform. Four Working Groups have been proposed to function as main pillars of the Platform, each with a distinct development theme and explicit connection to relevant SDGs.  One official will be appointed to represent the Platform and sit within the national structure of the Indonesian SDGs Secretariat (a successor to the current MDG Secretariat in Bappenas – The Ministry of Planning).

Close working relationship with PFI (Indonesian Philanthropy Association)

A close working relationship with PFI (Indonesian Philanthropy Association) was established and has been thriving since the Platform’s launch in April 2015. Membership of PFI has doubled since then, with each member committing to operate according to the principles of PFI, one of which is mainstreaming the SDGs. Furthermore, new research on the sector has resulted in the creation of detailed profiles of 102 foundations, most of which are local members of PFI.

Joint programmes and engagement in thematic areas in Ghana

Through the SDG Philanthropy Platform, work has begun on developing joint programmes and collective engagement in several thematic areas prioritised at the launch, particularly in the areas of employability, jobs, and financial inclusion. Furthermore, there are a number of joint initiatives for the WASH sector in the region.

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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

Join Rockefeller Philanthropy for a discussion on Postsecondary Success, Debt, and Philanthropy’s Role

20-6-2017 to 20-6-2017 Greenough Hub, NYC

As higher education struggles with increasing costs and decreasing public funding, many students are left with unsustainable amounts of debt.

Join RPA, the TIAA Institute and leaders in education and philanthropy for a conversation on new models and approaches to ensure that students have the support they need to complete their degrees and pay for their education.

Speakers will include:

  • Sandy Baum, Higher Education Economist and Senior Fellow, the Urban Institute
  • Rick CaleroPresident and CEO, TIAA-FSB; Aspen Finance Leaders Fellow 
  • Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
  • Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director for Finance and Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation 
  • Amy Holmes, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and Manager, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (moderator)  

With welcoming remarks from Stephanie Bell-RoseSenior Managing Director and Head, TIAA Institute, and Melissa Berman, President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Tuesday, June 20
8:30am – 9:00 | Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm | Program
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Networking lunch

730 Third Avenue
Greenough Hub, 27th Floor
New York, NY

RSVP to by June 9.

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