Indonesia Launches a Platform for Philanthropic Partnerships to Combat Poverty and Promote Sustainable Development
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Jakarta, Indonesia, and New York, NY -- April 13, 2015. The top players of the philanthropic world in Indonesia gathered on Monday to discuss actions to combat poverty and promote sustainable development goals with the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia. Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, opened the "Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy" gathering in Jakarta.
More than one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty during the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end this year. Looking forward, the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, a project of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and a group of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, will assist philanthropists in playing a more active role in the planning and implementation of the global Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Maharani welcomed the launching of the Platform, adding that the spirit of the philanthropy platform is already embedded in the Indonesian society.
"The Indonesian people believe in working together to achieve a common goal, as we call it 'Gotong Royong.'Being a philanthropist is more than just about giving back to society; it is about working together to support people to stand on their own feet, particularly the most disadvantaged," said Maharani. "Philanthropists are a great asset to the country, and it's time for us to have a unified platform that allows us to work together to support our fellow citizens in this vast country," added Maharani.
Indonesia, along with Colombia, Ghana, and Kenya, was selected as one of the key countries of focus for the Post-2015 Partnership Platform, which was launched in November of last year. Indonesia has a fast-growing economy that is set to become one of the world's largest by 2030. Yet, despite strong economic growth in recent years, more than 28 million Indonesians are living below the national poverty line, and the gap between rich and poor has widened.
"For Indonesia to excel and successfully come out of its middle-income status, it must ensure that growth is inclusive in a way that benefits all of its citizens, including the country's poorest and most marginalized. We strongly believe that leading philanthropists and foundations have the expertise and knowledge to ensure Indonesia improves the lives of its over 250 million citizens," said Douglas Broderick, Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Indonesia.
"The UN is welcoming partnerships to play an even more vital role in achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals than they were for the MDGs," Broderick added.
To encourage knowledge exchange globally, the Platform initiative will deliver a web portal, SDGfunders.org, that will make data on philanthropic investments freely available and serve as a worldwide hub for sharing case studies and online discussions.
"The Platform supplies the framework for successful collaboration among foundations, NGOs, and governments," said Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center. "Good information and open communication will be a key ingredient if the partners are to make meaningful progress on the wide variety of goals outlined by the SDGs."
The Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy receives guidance and input from leaders of philanthropic foundations comprising a Collaboration Committee, which currently includes the Conrad N. Hilton, Ford, and MasterCard Foundations.
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About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $100 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2014. The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.
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Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.fordfoundation.org.
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