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 […]

Collective Impact – Together we can achieve much more than any of us can alone

Posted on 16 November 2015 | Foundations' operations

Floodings. Social exclusion. Pollution. Poverty. Lack of resources. What unites these societal challenges, which I believe we can all relate to?

Looking for a global growth strategy? Support refugees.

Posted on 8 October 2015 | Jim Yong Kim Diversity, migration & social inclusion

I am a migrant. In 1964, I came to the United States from South Korea, then an extremely poor developing country that most experts, including those at the World Bank, had written off as having little hope for economic growth. My family moved to Texas, and later to Iowa. I was just 5 years old […]

FATF and Mexico: how anti-money-laundering legislation has weakened the human rights response to the war on drugs

Posted on 2 October 2015 | Poonam Joshi Foundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

In September last year 43 students training to be teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico ‘disappeared’ on their way to protest an event held by the wife of the mayor in the neighbouring town of Iguala. During the journey, the students were intercepted by the local police and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and […]

Dimitrios Vlastos: “Civil society is a school of democracy”

Posted on 23 September 2015 | Dimitrios Vlastos Foundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

Originally published in K Magazine, Kathimerini Newspaper, interview by Katerina Bakoyannis on 10 August.  Click here for original in Greek. In the mid-20th century, the business activities of Prodromos-Bodossakis Athanassiades, which included industry, shipping companies and mines among others, accounted for 35% of Greece’s industrial output. Dimitrios Vlastos, the current President of the Bodossaki Foundation, has […]

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