Whilst aid will continue to play an important role in financing public goods (R&D for medicine and agriculture for example), there is a definite need to go ‘beyond aid’. Improved governance and more generous trade deals for example can potentially have a huge impact, but they require state actors to bring this about. The FFF pursues an active advocacy strategy to contribute to ensuring international development is placed high on the agenda of politicians of all political persuasions. We focus our advocacy around government aid, systemic approaches and greater collaboration.
As a British foundation, we are very proud of the generosity of Britain in its spending 0.7% of the GDP on international aid. However, the UK is one of the few countries that takes its responsibilities towards the global poor and the eradication of poverty seriously. The FFF therefore advocates for higher levels of international aid spending globally, but also for governments to synchronise their foreign and trade policies with their aid agendas. Lifting nations out of poverty will take much more than aid.
We work to ensure there is enhanced collaboration between development practitioners. We observe that many international development organisations work in silos. They often operate within their own sphere of specialisation – education, health, gender, and so on – and are not incentivised to collaborate either within their specialism or with organisations working in other fields. This leads to wasteful replication, a lack of coordination and, ultimately, disappointing outcomes. This is why we believe in joining the dots.
Our chairman Simon Franks has spoken at many philanthropic conferences and events where he advocated for such collaboration as well as promoting the New Generation Model (philanthropic / government collaboration) as a low cost but high impact approach to improving education and health. The FFF is also a proud member of the OECD Global Network of Foundations working for Development. ( NetFWD)