Can financial services companies use their blockchain experiments to help charities?

Posted on 19 January 2017 | Foundations' operations

FinTech is a hot topic right now across the financial services industry, government and beyond. Policymakers recognise that the UK has taken a lead in applying technological innovation to finance, and are keen to capitalise on that advantage by nurturing the nascent UK FinTech sector. At the same time, many traditional financial services firms are working with FinTech startups or developing their own innovations in order to ensure that they stay ahead of the curve.

Food sustainability: joining forces for a common goal

Posted on | Environment & sustainable developmentResearch, science & technology

Our food system cannot feed us all. The world’s population is skyrocketing and climate change is affecting our planet. Facing the challenge of food sustainability is an urgent matter: we must rethink food production, distribution and consumption around the world in the framework of the UN SDGs and the 2030 agenda, searching for concrete and effective solutions.

May we all learn the true value of living and letting live

Posted on 20 December 2016 | Disaster reliefDiversity, migration & social inclusionEnvironment & sustainable developmentGlobal challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

I am sitting in my office preparing for the closure of this year and thinking (rather than looking) forward to the beginning of the next and find little solace in the state of the world. I do not think I have ever looked back on a year and thought so ill of it in general political, economic and social terms and I turned 62 just a few days ago.

Environmental funding – an overview

Posted on 15 November 2016 | Environment & sustainable developmentFoundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

It is a pleasure for me to introduce the third mapping of environmental funding by European foundations.In his forward to the mapping, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella underlines that “environment belongs to us all” and enormous challenges lie ahead. With the Paris agreement and the UN sustainable development goals the institutional-based “good intentions” are in place. In order to translate these intentions into “tangible results” there is a very important role to play by NGOs, think tanks and centres of academic excellence in terms of knowledge and voicing a broad spectrum of concerns and ideas. Philanthropy can, according to the commissioner, “amplify a multitude of voices helping to deliver a fairer society for all”.

Can philanthropy work effectively with government?

Posted on 4 November 2016 | Foundations' operations

There is a growing interest in how government and philanthropic organisations can work together to achieve social goals. Working together is not a straightforward task. Governments and philanthropies have different perspectives and emphases that need to be understood and addressed if they are to cooperate effectively. There are risks and rewards for both government and philanthropy in the development of partnership working.

The Funders’ Collaboration on Leadership: bold moves in challenging times

Posted on 4 October 2016 | Foundations' operations

Social sector leadership is an issue that’s close to my heart. I’ve worked with some exceptional individuals during my career: passionate and empathetic, thoughtful and strategic, collaborative, outward looking, with vision and foresight. They’ve not just been effective; they’ve been an inspiration to me.

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