Data Strategy and Capacity Building
We partner with philanthropic support organizations and other civil society partners around the world to develop sustainable, locally owned and contextually relevant data strategies. With the objective of enhancing the philanthropic sector’s capacity to collect data, and build and share knowledge about their contribution to national development, we work to:
- Jointly identify specific data and knowledge needs and gaps.
- Collectively develop data value propositions, identify data standards and principles and foster a culture of transparency and knowledge sharing.
- Build capacity and provide tools on data collection and management.
- Provide long-term technical assistance to implement the longer term data strategy and capacity building program.
Despite existing local data initiatives and a vibrant local philanthropic sector, Kenya lacks an organized framework and platform for collecting and managing data on the sector’s contribution to national development. Under the leadership of Kenya Philanthropy Forum, East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) and with support from Foundation Center, the sector has developed a data strategy and a national philanthropy data portal.
EAPN, Kenya Philanthropy Forum, SDG Philanthropy Platform, Kenya Community Development Forum
Tanzania has seen significant improvements to its national development data infrastructure in recent years but existing data initiatives are largely government driven and do not include data from or about civil society actors, in particular on local philanthropy’s contributions to national development. In September 2015, inspired by similar initiatives in other East African countries, the Foundation for Civil Society partnered with EAPN to form the Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum (TPF) to develop a philanthropy data and knowledge management strategy and build a national phialnthorpy data portal with support from Foundation Center.
EAPN, The Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania Philanthropy Forum
As part of Uganda's commitment to the Sustainable Development Agenda, the country has made substantial progress toward improved national development data, but philanthropy’s contribution remains a missing piece in national frameworks. In October 2015 EAPN partnered with Independent Development Fund (IDF), Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) and GoBig Hub to form the Uganda National Philanthropy Forum (UPF) to develop a strategy to strengthen data and knowledge management and consolidation of the philanthropic sector and build a national philanthropy data portal, with support from Foundation Center.
EAPN, DENIVA, IDF, Uganda Philanthropy Forum
Awareness of the value of data in achieving important social and development goals has been increasing in Ghana in recent years. In 2011, Ghana signed the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative with aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, fight corruption and harness data and new technology to strengthen governance. The government also created the National Information and Technology Agency (NITA) in 2011 to develop and manage an open government data portal as part of a movement to make government data more available. Over the last few years, NITA has been working towards setting up repositories and portals of government data. Because existing data initiatives are largely driven by the government, they usually do not take into account data from or about civil society actors. In particular, Ghana lacks a dedicated platform and framework for collecting, sharing, and analyzing data on philanthropy. With this in mind, Foundation Center, in collaboration with SDG Philanthropy Platform and African Philanthropy Network, co-convened a data scoping meeting on October 4th 2017 in Accra.
|Ghana: Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop November 2017 (report)||Ghana: Data Scoping Meeting October 2017 (report)|
African Philanthropy network, SDG Philanthropy Platform
Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa lacks an organized regional framework for collecting, processing and sharing knowledge and data on philanthropy. In order to help meet this need, in 2016 Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) mobilized philanthropy in the region to take action collectively, with the support of the American University of Cairo, Foundation Center and The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. In Tunis in September 2016 AFF brought together more than 20 foundations and trusts from the region to share lessons learned, challenges and best practices related to data and knowledge sharing. Following this, AFF held a second workshop at its Members and Partners Meeting in November 2016 in Abu Dhabi to convene members for a Data Working Group. Over the course of these meetings, participants agreed on the need to leverage the collective knowledge and convening power of AFF as a group through the establishment of a coalition and a five year action plan on data and knowledge sharing.
Arab Foundations Forum, American University in Cairo, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
We have partnered with Association for Community Relations (ARC) to support their efforts to strengthen the philanthropic infrastructure in Romania. Foundation Center facilitated two workshops on data strategy and capacity building in Romania in November 2017.
Association for Community Relations (ACR Romania)