SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Fragile social, economic and governing systems can be overwhelmed in the face of such crises as natural disasters, disease outbreaks or violent conflicts. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, even in wealthy countries, endemic poverty magnifies the danger, exacerbates its effects, complicates the response and increases the suffering. This track will showcase the roles that each sector can play in reventing, preparing for and responding to crises. It is during times of disruption that cross-sector communication and collaboration becomes truly imperative.
LEVERAGING MARKET SYSTEMS FOR GOOD: TRANSFORMING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND PROTECTING THOSE WITHIN
Before a product is purchased by consumers, it most likely has gone through an extensive sequence of producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers that are often located in remote parts of the world. The increasing complexity of global operations requires new strategies and systems for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each employee. The plenary and Working Group sessions in this track will feature strategies for cleaning up supply chains, greening production and protecting and empowering employees and suppliers at all levels.
MOBILIZING RESOURCES: PRIVATE CAPITAL FLOWS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Private capital flows play an important role in fueling growth in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the Americas as capital seeks opportunity. Whether that growth is broad-based will be a function of the ways in which these investments are crafted, their structure and purposes, as well as the policies governments adopt. This track will examine strategies for harnessing private capital — including both debt and equity investments — to development goals. Potential public-private partnerships aimed at fostering inclusive development will be explored. Participants will also discuss the importance of providing capital at all levels, including to small-scale producers — artisans, miners, small-holder farmers, among others — at or near the bottom of the economic ladder. And they will examine ways to accelerate economic inclusion by providing financial tools to the 2.5 billion people who currently lack access to such services.
BUILDING CAPACITY: STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS
Disease outbreaks and transmission, such as the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and other health challenges exemplify the need for strong and resilient health systems — from physical facilities, to well-trained healthcare providers, to societal trust. In the plenary and Working Group sessions that follow in this track, participants will learn of inventive tools that can be employed, partnerships that can be formed and methods that can and cannot be transferred from one setting to another. Innovations and opportunities will be revealed in the areas of communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and infant health and early childhood development.
Wednesday April 22
Jump-start the Conference Wednesday morning with timed, 6-minute “speed introductions.”
DISRUPTORS AND DECISION MAKERS: IT TAKES US ALL
The international community has achieved its bold goal of cutting in half the number of individuals who were living in abject poverty at the time the Millennium Development Goals were set. Buoyed by this success, the World Bank has established an even more ambitious objective, and that is to end poverty by 2030. The United Nations will soon follow suit when it adopts the Sustainable Development Goals. Success will take extraordinary efforts and the engagement of the public, private and charitable sectors, working in tandem to get the job done. Smart national policies have unleashed private capital flows, raising the GDP of fast growing economies. But in order for the benefits to be felt by the bottom 40% of the economic ladder, sound policy, strategic philanthropy and sustained, long-term investment will be required. Key to this effort will be the conquering of the jobs challenge by addressing the mismatch between the skills required for the jobs that await and the education and training currently available to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, leads an institution that seeks to “disrupt” the cycle of poverty. That is a shared goal of the entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and policymakers who gather at the Global Philanthropy Forum.
GLOBAL TRENDS, RISKS AND REWARDS — WHERE ARE WE NOW, WHERE ARE WE GOING?
In order to have a clear understanding of global problems and their potential solutions, we need to examine the challenges within the context of broad economic, political, technological and environmental trends. This plenary will explore these trends and the risks and rewards associated with them — from the dangers linked to weak global governance and socio-economic inequality to the potential benefits of info-, bio and nanotechnologies.
COMING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Crisis situations — from acute shocks to chronic stresses — often illuminate each sector’s skills, pressures, requirements and need for nuance. For example, philanthropy’s flexibility and ability to act fast allows it to play a unique role in supporting individual communities through hard times. The private sector’s capacity to create and leverage innovative technologies and distribute goods and services can help rebuild cities. And finally, governments play a vital role by setting standards, establishing policies, mobilizing resources and coordinating action. It is during crises that cross-sector collaboration becomes truly imperative. And it is only through integrated prevention and response strategies that long-term resilience can be achieved.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF INVENTION
The catalyst of invention, especially when the resulting products can be scaled and applied in multiple settings, can be a powerful tool for improving the lives of people in both the developed and developing world. But what are the attributes of a great inventor? How might their innovations be put to the service of inclusive development?
COMBATING DEADLY DISEASE EPIDEMICS
This Working Group will consider public, private and social sector strategies to meet the immediate needs of those affected by disease epidemics and strengthen local healthcare delivery systems. Working Group participants will also examine the ways in which technology, data and scientific discovery can be used to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
ERADICATING SLAVERY FROM SUPPLY CHAINS
Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor across the world, 90 percent of which are exploited in the private economy by individuals or enterprises. This Working Group will seek to build upon previous conversations, such as those that took place at the 2013 GPF Conference, and encourage further cross-sector dialogue and action with particular emphasis on values that are shared, actions that can be taken and barriers that can be removed.
NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES — INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for nearly 40 million deaths each year, almost three quarters of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The impact of NCDs stretches far beyond the health of the individuals affected and into the overall social and economic wellbeing of communities throughout the world. The increased costs associated with health care deplete household resources and can obstruct poverty alleviation efforts. This Working Group will highlight innovative approaches to both the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases in poor countries where solutions must be inexpensive and easy to use.
SOURCING NEW IDEAS
How do funders decide which problems to focus on? And once they have done so, how do they find new and innovative interventions with great potential? From contests and crowdsourcing to fellowship programs to monitoring trends and seeking advice from other funders and grantees, philanthropists and social investors are finding more and more ways to source new ideas. This Working Group will examine current and potential strategies and note areas for improvement in the infrastructure around discovering, selecting and supporting groundbreaking approaches to social change.
RECEPTION HOSTED BY CHARITIES AID FOUNDATION AND CAF AMERICA
Enjoy conversations and make connections with colleagues old and new over light snacks and drinks. We thank Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and CAF America for hosting this event. Charities Aid Foundation is a leading international non-profit organization, originating in the UK and established in America for over 20 years. CAF works to make giving more effective and charities more successful.
THE ROLE OF POLITICAL SATIRE
Political satire can play a powerful role in interpreting and illuminating events at pivotal moments. Bassem Youssef joins us in conversation three years after he first appeared on the GPF stage, when he was fresh from comedic “coverage” of Tahrir Square.
A COMPETITION BETWEEN SYSTEMS: GOOD GOVERNANCE OR CORRUPTION
In the face of the pressures of fast paced change, systems of governance can be transparent and accountable, or opaque and corrupt, a choice that carries with it grave consequences for states, societies and citizens. What role can philanthropy, private enterprise and civil society play in enabling the former and calling out the latter, holding leaders to account?
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY MWANGAZA CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Thursday April 23
LEVERAGING MARKET SYSTEMS FOR GOOD: TRANSFORMING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND PROTECTING THOSE WITHIN — THE CASE OF SLAVERY
Globalization has created opportunities to reach new customers in new markets and to source materials and even finished goods from all over the globe. But this increasing complexity of global operations presents considerable challenges with regard to supply chain management, requiring new strategies and systems for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each employee. Addressing these issues is a priority for commercial actors. But others have an interest and a role to play. To combat modern-day slavery, policymakers have established norms and have enacted and enforced laws, and NGOs have partnered with businesses, working behind the scenes to audit their supply chains, while at the same time serving as public advocates.
MEETING AND ANTICIPATING POST-CONFLICT NEEDS AND FOSTERING PEACEFUL SOCIETIES
This Working Group will consider lessons learned from successful post-conflict reconciliation efforts; the unique and common roles for the public, private and philanthropic sectors in anticipating and preventing future conflict; and what it takes to create and maintain peaceful and inclusive societies. The importance of understanding local context and the role of those working on the ground will be highlighted throughout.
CREATING TRANSPARENT MINERAL VALUE CHAINS
Many companies are making progress in their efforts to use and invest in conflict-free minerals. What more needs to be done to ensure the responsible sourcing of minerals throughout global supply chains? What is the impact of conflict mineral regulations on business operations and on the level of violent conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other conflict zones? And what is the role of philanthropy in eliminating the use of conflict minerals?
ADVANCING FINANCIAL INCLUSION
Around the world, 2.5 billion people lack access to financial services. This Working Group will examine ways to accelerate financial inclusion and economic growth — from mobile banking to financial literacy and entrepreneurship training. And participants will be encouraged to consider new and existing opportunities for cross-sector partnerships between nonprofits, commercial banks, microfinance institutions and governments, among others.
BOOSTING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH OUTCOMES
Reducing the risks associated with having a baby in the developing world requires strengthened health systems and innovative technology solutions. This Working Group will examine strategies for improving care for mothers and babies before, during and after childbirth — from the use of mobile phones to register pregnancies and raise awareness about prenatal care to increasing the uptake of newborn vaccinations to the creation of low-cost, clean birth kits.
Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
MODERATOR JANE WALES
A TRI-SECTOR APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Through the collective efforts of the public, private and charitable sectors, we’ve met the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty. But such shocks as pandemics, violent conflict and weather extremes have revealed the underlying fragility of societies, states and the poorest among their citizens. Building on the achievements of the MDGs, and the collaboration that made it possible, the United Nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) later this year, laying out an integrated approach to development one which includes such objectives as climate change mitigation and improved global health and suggests a tri-sector approach that involves not only governments and international development organizations, but also global corporations, corporate foundations, philanthropists, social investors and nongovernmental organizations. What are the unique capabilities that each player brings to bear? And what are the distinctive burdens placed on each actor that hinders or helps their engagement in international development work? The MDGs started the process. It will take us all to complete it.
REBUILDING CITIES AND TOWNS AFTER EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Extreme weather events — from hurricanes to tornadoes to earthquakes to wildfires — have devastating effects on populations all over the world. And it is after these types of disasters that extreme inequalities and government failures are often revealed. This Working Group will consider the ways in which philanthropy, government and business can help rebuild cities and towns after natural disasters.
EMISSION STANDARDS AND CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS
A clear path to reducing emissions and decelerating global warming is to increase the use of alternative energy solutions. But setting energy standards requires action on the part of government, business and philanthropy. This Working Group will examine lessons learned and new strategies on the horizon as we prepare for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015.
BETTING ON SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS
Global corporations, philanthropists, social investors and policymakers all have clear roles to play in ensuring the success and overall wellbeing of small-scale producers in the developing world. This Working Group will emphasize the importance of providing capital at all levels, including those at the bottom of the pyramid — artisans, miners and small-holder farmers, among others, who are often located in remote parts of the world.
THE FIRST YEARS OF LIFE
Investments in early childhood development and education yield high payoffs in terms of the overall wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. This begins during the first few years of life when the brain is rapidly developing. Working Group participants will examine how philanthropists, business leaders and policymakers can set standards around prioritizing the health and wellbeing of infants and children. Specifically, they will consider ways to enhance the development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills.
LEVERAGING THE DISRUPTIVE POWER OF THE INTERNET
The Internet is arguably the most disruptive technology of the last twenty-five years, impacting nearly every aspect of society for the 2.7 billion people who have access. It has dramatically changed the way we interact with each other and consume resources in both our personal and professional lives. But despite its rapid growth, approximately five billion people lack access to the Internet, and the protections when it comes to surveillance and privacy are inadequate. This plenary will explore issues of equity, of access, of safety and security when it comes to the Internet and information and communication technology (ICT) more broadly. What are the technologies and business models under development that will enable Internet access around the globe? What will be the key platforms and policies necessary for a quality user experience and full participation in the knowledge economy? And what is the role of ICT in the practice of philanthropy and in advancing shared social and environmental goals?
Friday April 24
STRENGTHENING PHILANTHROPY’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
2015 is a crucial year for international multistakeholder cooperation. If the Sustainable Development goals that will be agreed by all governments in September this year are achieved, as some have said, ours will be the last generation to endure extreme poverty, and the first to reduce the pace of climate change. These goals are universal and will apply to all countries, irrespective of level of wealth, and they will link social, environmental and economic dimensions of wellbeing. But philanthropy is the sector that is missing from the table in terms of planning and implementation. Now that the United Nations and governments are encouraging all sectors to join in the effort, how can we in philanthropy be a part of this effort, globally and in every country around the world? Join us to learn and brainstorm about specific opportunities in the months ahead.
CATALYZING PRIVATE CAPITAL FLOWS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Private capital flows have played an increasingly important role in fueling growth in such emerging as Nigeria, India, Indonesia and South Africa. How do we increase the movement of private capital to growth markets and leverage these funds to maximize their development impact? What government policies and programs are required to assure that there is income growth among the poorer 40 percent? And how can philanthropy partner with large, private investors to promote inclusive development?
BUILDING CAPACITY: STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS
The outbreak and rapid spread of Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia offer a tragic example of how endemic poverty magnifies the danger, exacerbates its effects, complicates the response and increases the suffering. Had health systems been stronger, the disease might have been contained, its victims treated and society protected. This plenary will examine the elements of resilient healthcare infrastructure — from human resources to physical facilities to societal trust — that can help combat disease epidemics and other health risks. And speakers will highlight innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, especially those that have proven successful in remote or undeserved communities.
LIVING PHILANTHROPIC VALUES; MAINTAINING A “LISTENING EAR”
The spirit of giving and shared responsibility begins at a young age. And while children and young adults learn from their elders and early experiences, often it is we who learn from them. A “listening ear” is a gift throughout one’s life. It is the combination of our values, our experiences as well as theirs that can guide subsequent strategic choices, ensure an openness to risk and ignite a hunger for continued learning. This plenary will examine the transmission of philanthropic values within families, businesses, communities and society as a whole. And it will remind us all that we are still learning and teaching.