The FFF has a unconventional way of operating. We aim to be both entrepreneurial and innovative in our approach to philanthropy and problem-solving. We are ambitious and believe we can help address complex social problems by targeted initiatives, partnering and mentoring the best-in-class NGOs, and helping them coordinate their activities with other partners.
To fulfil our strategic objectives we have a range of initiatives in South East Asia that focus on nurturing civil society. From supporting expectant mothers, developing excellent quality schools through to providing university scholarships, the Foundation is helping tens of thousands of young people to reach their full potential and hopefully developing leaders of the future.
Building Civil Society
The FFF believes that fostering a dynamic civil society is perhaps the most effective way to engender systemic change in developing countries. The countries we work in desperately need doctors, teachers, civil servants, journalists, charity workers and other professionals to help change their societies for the better. It is members of a functioning, healthy and dynamic civil society who are best positioned to demand, campaign for and implement systemic change.
Partnerships & Field Operations
All our programmes involve building local capacity and staff as much as possible and training them in the skills they need.
Recognising that systemic development involves complex processes of social transformation, we have developed two approaches to support its implementation: Best-in-Class and Joining-the-Dots.
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.