Stand with us!: activists call funders to action

Posted on 25 September 2017 | GenderHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

In communities globally, feminist groups led by women, girls, and trans and intersex[1] people are collectively organising to make the world more peaceful, democratic and fair. At the same time, a rise in fascist ideologies, authoritarianism, and populist agendas in many parts of the world threatens their work for justice. Repressive agendas put fundamental rights and freedoms at risk and promote nativism, xenophobia and increased surveillance in the name of national welfare and security. In this political environment, state-sanctioned violence is on the rise, targeting migrants, Muslim people, Black communities, women and gender nonconforming people, and other marginalised groups.

Linking global citizenship to food for a better future

Posted on 7 September 2017 | Environment & sustainable developmentResearch, science & technology

What does it mean to be a global citizen in today’s world? How can food be considered a key factor in a cutting-edge approach to such a topic?

Recognition, Solidarity, Hope: Helping marginalised women participate more fully in society

Posted on 4 September 2017 | GenderHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

Two years ago, I sat with some young women in a programme the Aga Khan Foundation runs in Uttar Pradesh. They held hands or leaned on each other. Some had never been to school; others were withdrawn by their parents. A few were already married. They had struggled to get permission to join, but their parents were convinced by the vocational training offered alongside reading, counting, and ‘life skills’ – self-esteem, confidence, financial literacy and adolescent health.

UNLEASH: One thousand millennial disruptors tackle the planet’s most pressing problems

Posted on 29 August 2017 | Environment & sustainable developmentGlobal challenges, peace-building

From 13-21 August 2017, Denmark hosted the first UNLEASH event, where 1,000 top talents from 129 countries met to create innovative solutions to challenges within The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Can Sustainable Development be a stimulus for expanded civil society space?

Posted on 18 August 2017 | Environment & sustainable developmentSocio-economic development, poverty

One of the mounting concerns for philanthropy – especially for giving across international borders – is restrictions, large and small, placed by governments on civil society’s activities. Sometimes the concern is around a general phenomenon of civil society restrictions, while in other cases it is the ‘foreign funding’ dimension that is restricted.

Open Dialogue and the Future of Philanthropy

Posted on 10 August 2017 | Human rights, citizenship & democracy

How Open Dialogue among politicians can help Europe move beyond crisis and why the philanthropic sector should invest more in conversation spaces Caspar Kolster, Mercator European Dialogue Programme Assistant & Nike Pulda, Mercator European Dialogue Intern, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Round tables, waving strips of colourful paper, a room humming with […]

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