What to consider when selecting a focus area:
- Government policies and objectives about the issue
- The current state of the issue in the country/ region/ area of interest
- What is considered by experts to be “best practice” regarding the issue?
- What are the key constraints and opportunities within the sector?
- Who are the other funders interested in supporting the issue and what are they doing?
- Who are the key civil society actors/ NGOs in the sector? What are they saying and doing?
Pro-active vs Reactive Donor
Most philanthropists are both, with an emphasis on one or the other