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Learning Lessons from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Irish Government Working Together

Resource type: Research Report

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This report summarizes a roundtable held in April 2017 in Ireland to discuss how government and philanthropy can work together effectively. The discussions drew on lessons Atlantic and the Irish government learned from working together for more than a decade, starting in 2003.

Over the course of the discussions, participants – representatives from government departments and agencies and civil society organizations – focused on these questions:

  • What are the benefits/rewards of government and philanthropy jointly funding and working on agreed programs of work?
  • What are the challenges/risks of joint working?
  • What structures, processes and personal factors most support or hinder joint working?
  • What factors support the scaling up of time-limited joint interventions into wider policy and practice?
  • What are the barriers to the scaling up of joint interventions? Can anything be done to overcome these barriers?
  • Ten years from now will there be lasting benefits from Atlantic’s joint funding of interventions with government? If yes, what will these be? If no, why not?

Institute of Public Administration is an Atlantic grantee. Atlantic commissioned this report.

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