MAVA Foundation

Introduction

The MAVA Foundation (in French: MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature) is a Swiss-based foundation, established in 1994 by Luc Hoffmann, a naturalist who believed fiercely in the protection of the planet’s wild splendour. Born of the passion and vision of its founder, the MAVA Foundation conserves biodiversity for the benefit of people and nature by funding, mobilising and strengthening its partners and the conservation community.

The MAVA Foundation mainly provides support for projects in the Mediterranean basin, coastal West Africa and the Alps, as well as for activities with a global dimension. Programmes serving developing countries include the Mediterranean, Coastal West Africa, Sustainable Economy and Global Projects.

The MAVA Foundation has been sharing its commitment data with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018, covering its grant making back to 2013. For charts and analyses using disbursement data, commitments are used as a proxy for disbursements.

Private development finance

In 2017, the MAVA Foundation provided USD 70.5 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. However, 1.2% of the total was implemented by multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 51.2 million (72.6%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 13.2 million (18.6%) to and through networks and public-private partnerships. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s activities were primarily focused on Africa and Europe. USD 30.8 million (43.7%) was allocated to south of Sahara Africa, USD 8.3 million (15.7%) to north of Sahara Africa, and an additional USD 11.3 million (16.0%) to developing countries in Europe.

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In 2017, 41.7% of the MAVA Foundation’s funding was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 10.2 million in 2017 (14.4%).

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In 2017, 18.6% of the MAVA Foundation’s financing (USD 13.1 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs), followed by lower middle-income countries (16.7%) and upper middle-income countries (12.5%), noting that 52.5% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 88.6% of the MAVA Foundation’s funding was allocated to multi-sector/cross-cutting, for a total of USD 62.5 million, with a particular focus on general environmental protection. Production sectors were allocated 10.6% of the MAVA Foundation’s private development finance (USD 7.4 million), mainly consisting of activities in the fishery sector.

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USD 70.2 million of the MAVA Foundation’s activities supported the environment, and biodiversity in particular, USD 1.4 million of which had climate change mitigation and/or adaptation as a primary or significant objective.

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Additional resources

MAVA Foundation: http://mava-foundation.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: http://www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

MAVA Foundation