Highlights of Day 1

Imagining and Investing in our Future

Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
26-28 May 2016

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Urgent social issues on the agenda as the EFC kicks off its annual conference in Amsterdam

Keynote speakers at the Opening Plenary of the 2016 EFC AGA and Conference stressed the pressing need for philanthropy to leverage its unique attributes to work in much closer partnership with other sectors to alleviate the refugee crisis, among other social challenges. Lyse Doucet OBE, the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent; Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies Director for Human Rights Watch; and Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, outlined what they see as the most effective ways for philanthropy to get more involved. Read more


Quotes of the day:

We can’t live in a society where sharing is not the rule. – Kajsa Ollongren

We took big boats and set off. We called them explorers, conquerors. Now, again people are taking to open water – we call them refugees, migrants, scroungers. Why don’t we call them people? Why don’t we call them families? – Lyse Doucet

Everything we do in our small place is a microcosm of a better world writ large. – Lyse Doucet

The refugee crisis in Europe is caused by the inability of European countries to come up with a common response. – Peter Bouckaert


In case you missed it:

  • Kinan Azmeh and Eric Vloeimans opened the conference with a jazz duet...
  • Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor and Alderman to the City of Amsterdam opened the Better Shelter and Opening Plenary...
  • Barry Knight is interviewing delegates on what it's like to work at a foundation...



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EFC Annual Review 2015

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