Despite shared goals, a wide communication and collaboration gap often exists between foundations and governments. For philanthropic actors, governments and development agencies to work more effectively together, a deepened mutual understanding is needed at the global, country and regional levels to allow dialogue, joint learning and action.
These voluntary and non-binding Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement ('the Guidelines') have been developed to help philanthropic organisations improve development outcomes through collaboration with governments and other stakeholders.
The Guidelines do so by fostering mutual recognition between philanthropic actors, governments and development agencies on the basis of their respective comparative advantages, as well as by drawing the contours of how best to work together on the global, country and regional levels.
The Guidelines contribute to the ongoing efforts to strengthen development effectiveness and mutual accountability in the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Busan Declaration for Effective Development Co-operation. The Guidelines should be understood as a complementary, voluntary and non-binding effort of interested foundations to inform their work with insights from years of collaborative efforts among development organisations, on the basis of the commitments that governments have already pledged to.