The Government will launch the Guidelines for Effective Philanthropy Engagement in Kenya Initiative on Wednesday (June 29, 2016). The event will take place at the Office of the Deputy President, Harambee House Annex at 9:00 am.
The initiative will be launched in conjunction with various organisations such as SDG Philanthropy Platform, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (OECD netFWD), the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) among other key philanthropy organisations and development stakeholders.
“This is the first ever concrete proposal to pursue development goals with the input of government, philanthropy, development agencies, private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders on the basis of their respective comparative advantages,” noted a statement from the Deputy President’s Office.
The guidelines are a product of a comprehensive consultative process at the global and local levels with Kenya’s case themed on Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Training. They were presented at the First High Level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), held in Mexico in April 2014, where their potential for value addition was recognised.
The Kenyan launch follows successful piloting of the initiative in India, Mexico and Myanmar and will open the door to another phase of extensive research and consultations. These will lead to a final framework on how to improve engagement between government, philanthropy and other stakeholders.
The event which is aimed at improving development outcomes through deeper collaboration is key to exploring interest among philanthropic actors in Kenya and development partners. “This partnership is crucial towards achieving Kenya’s development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals,” noted a statement.
The statement said SDG Goal 17 on fostering partnerships to achieve the goals is vital to mobilising the estimated $4 trillion (Ksh400 trillion) required annually to finance the SDGs according to UNCTAD World Investment Report 2014.
The meeting is also an initial step to testing the consensus of the participants embarking on the ‘Guidelines For Effective Philanthropic Engagement’ initiative and promoting further partnerships.
The meeting will be hosted by The Presidency of Kenya (SIFA Program), the SDG Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP), UNDP, Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (OECD netFWD), and EAAG.