Renewing our commitment to the Cyber Initiative

I’d love to say we saw what was coming when we launched the Cyber Initiative in 2014. But no one could have guessed how quickly cybersecurity would become what Berkeley’s Steve Weber calls “the master problem of the Internet era.” Yet the relentless stream of cybersecurity crises only highlights the gap we noticed four years 

Climate Initiative strategy 2018-2023

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been investing for a number of years in various strategies to avoid the worst effects of climate change and spare human suffering by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Those grants have aimed at cleaning up power production, using less oil, using energy more efficiently, preserving forests, addressing non-CO2 

Learn with us about transparency, participation, and accountability

Organizations working to increase government transparency, citizen participation, and public sector accountability know they have a lot to learn – and a lot to share with others. They have an appetite for inquiry and reflection that pushes us all to be smarter and more effective. We’re trying to make the most of this intellectual energy 

Help us learn about active citizens and accountable government

How can citizens around the world hold their governments accountable for high-quality public services like education, health care, and water?  There are no perfect answers to that complex question, but we have a hunch:  Our hypothesis is that, in combination, more information about how governments raise and spend money, active participation by people in the…

A practical guide to outcome-focused philanthropy

Outcome-focused philanthropy is the Hewlett Foundation’s approach to how we practice strategic philanthropy. It guides how we do our work, from start to finish. We’ve been practicing strategic philanthropy for more than a decade—focusing on what problem or opportunity we’re trying to address, whether we’re achieving our outcomes and why (or why not), and how…

Open Educational Resources December 2015

The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program makes grants to improve education by expanding the reach of openly available educational resources, improving California education policies, and by supporting “deeper learning”—a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students will need to succeed.

Transparency, Participation and Accountability Grantmaking Strategy

The Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program works along two dimensions, each with broad benefits for individuals and the societies in which they live. The first of these emphasizes the role of women—a straightforward acknowledgment that addressing gender disparities and reproductive health problems plays a central role in combating poverty around the world. The 

How we’re implementing our transparency, participation and accountability strategy

Back in December, Global Development and Population Program Director Ruth Levine published our refreshed strategy to “make transparency matter.” At its heart is the assumption that we need to do more than just make information about government budgets and public services available — such information needs to be relevant, actionable and context-specific if civil society 

Our new local advocacy approach for reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa

This week, I’m at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen where global leaders, researchers and advocates are pushing for practical ways to boost the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. My colleagues Ruth Levine and Margot Fahnestock are here too, and attendees are talking about everything from gender data to gender norms. There 

Refining our cyber initiative grantmaking strategy

For the past few months, Apple and the U.S. government have been in embroiled in an increasingly antagonistic spat about the iPhone that belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the suspects in the shooting in San Bernardino, California. The U.S. Department of Justice has sought to legally compel Apple to disable several of the 

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