Know the unexpected: Risk Management at Jacobs Foundation

Posted on 14 December 2015 | Foundations' operations

In addition to the risks emerging from the financial and economic crises, philanthropic organisations also need to deal with arising risks. Therefore, the Jacobs Foundation has complemented its internal control system with a comprehensive risk management framework, allowing for an elaborated controlling of relevant risks.

The faltering momentum of COP21 should perhaps force the French President to take a radical initiative

Posted on 11 December 2015 | Pierre Calame Environment & sustainable development

The conference with Heads of State on November 30th and the meeting that brought together hundreds of mayors on December 4th, turned out to be just old-fashioned speech contests on the obligatory theme of climate protection and the future of humanity – talk shows – which took place while negotiators worked to edit out the […]

Trust, Trustworthiness and Transparency

Posted on 3 December 2015 | Onora O’Neill Human rights, citizenship & democracy

This blog was adapted from the Key Note speech given by Onora O’Neill at the EuroPhilantopics conference 2015 A conventional and prevalent view is that society needs more trust, and that trust has been lost and so we must (re)build it. In fact, there is mixed evidence as to whether this perceived loss of trust […]

Over 35 million adults and children are victims of modern slavery – how can foundations and communities fight together to eradicate it?

Posted on 2 December 2015 | Nick Grono Global challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

Today [2 December] is International Abolition of Slavery Day. This should be a day to celebrate past heroic efforts to end this unconscionable crime – but sadly modern slavery still exists today, in every country around the world. Over 35 million men, women and children are enslaved globally. This is despite the fact that slavery […]

Capacity building in a crisis: five things we’ve learned

Posted on 1 December 2015 | Jennifer Clarke Global challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

The social and economic crisis has had a huge impact on the civil society landscape in Greece. The demand for NGO services has skyrocketed, at a time when both state funding and individual charitable donations have shrunk. Greek NGOs and foundations alike are having to adapt rapidly in order to face these challenges. It is […]

The main challenges of the 21st century

Posted on 23 November 2015 | Pierre Calame Environment & sustainable developmentFoundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

In 2001, the World Citizens’ Assembly, held in Lille, France, was an initiative unlike any other ( We discovered that once we overlooked our differences, we were able to agree on four major challenges that would enable us to shift towards sustainable societies: Contribute to the emergence of a global community united by a common […]

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