Engaging Philanthropy in the Post 2015 Development Agenda in KenyaNov 21, 2014
The United Nations, the Government of Kenya and leading philanthropic foundations have launched a new initiative to collaborate on long term partnerships towards sustainable development. The project known as the Post 2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, will enable the foundations to better understand the opportunities for engaging in global goal processes and will help government and the UN system find synergies with foundations to have greater impact to the communities.
“The partnership will test new approaches and methodologies of working together where our unique strengths can be put to best use.” Said UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas during the launch of the program in Nairobi.
Kenya is the first pilot country for the collaborative initiative that was launched during a side event of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Other foundations that are involved in this partnership include the Rockefeller Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton, Ford Foundation and mastercard foundation. The project aims to help funders have a voice in the post-2015 development agenda, playing a more active role in both planning discussions and the implementation.
“We, at the United Nations are committed to learn and adapt to new ways of engaging with Foundations. This will help to skillfully facilitate philanthropic partnerships, appreciate their ways of doing business, and leverage each other's resources and networks in responding to challenges.” Said Nardos
Government of Kenya representative from the Ministry of devolution and Planning, Gideon Mailu, said that Kenya has been a proponent and a champion of the MDGs since their inception in 2000, and have been incorporated in all Government projects through the second medium term plan of the vision 2030, but there is still room for partnerships with other development partners.
In Kenya various philanthropy foundations have supported development initiatives that have helped improve the lives of Kenyans and reduce poverty levels. Local philanthropist and industrialist Manu Chandaria lauded UNDP’s efforts in creating a platform for partnerships but called on Government to give incentives and tax breaks for philanthropic initiatives to encourage more participation in philanthropic work.
This initiative will also deliver a new web portal called SDGfunders.org that makes data on philanthropic investments more accessible, in order to help funders track progress, find partners, and tell their stories.