The Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement (GEPEs) are a practical tool to bridge the communication and collaboration gap between foundations and governments, as well as other development stakeholders, with the aim of improving development outcomes.
Building on the political acknowledgement by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) at its High-Level Meeting, a set of country pilots with interested governments and philanthropic actors has been launched to test the Guidelines’ concrete application in the second semester of 2014 and in the course of 2015.
The country pilots have the same objective as the Guidelines: to serve as guide to enhance collaboration between foundations and governments in support of development effectiveness. They seek to do so by launching a field-based dialogue aimed at identifying gaps and bottlenecks, good practice and further opportunities to collaborate. Progress will be monitored and measured over the course of a year and documented in a case study, in order to draw lessons from each pilot country’s experience.
Mexico is hosting the first pilot, while consultations with other countries are currently in progress (e.g. Haiti, Myanmar, Colombia and India). The selection of Mexico as pilot country has stemmed from demand from both domestic philanthropic actors themselves during a consultation with Mexican foundations held in April 2014 with support from CEMEFI, as well as from the government which shares significant interest to strengthen and deepen collaboration with the philanthropic sector.
In Mexico, the pilot will be structured around the themes of entrepreneurship and investment in human capital, and steered by a Technical Committee composed of the Mexican Agency for International Development Co-operation (AMEXCID), CEMEFI, the German Agency for Development Co-operation (GIZ) and OECD netFWD.