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.

My kitchen

Posted on | Children & youthEducationHealth

MY kitchen was introduced to schools across Denmark for the first time in the fall of 2014 as a culinary universe based on a free cookbook by the same name. By the autumn of 2016 the cookbook has been distributed to more than 200,000 pupils – that’s is nine out 10 Danish pupils from 4th to 7th grade…The project is made possible by Nordea-fonden, which has funded the project and thereby secured the continuous dissemination of the universe as well as the cookbook.

Against all odds – making gains for LGBTI communities across Africa

Posted on 30 August 2016 | Human rights, citizenship & democracy

Organisations across Africa are working under difficult circumstances to improve human rights for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people and to help them gain equality, dignity and justice. Often, it is an uphill battle. But there have been some encouraging wins. A mixed bag – hope and progress … “The situation in the […]

How can cities challenge inequality and foster inclusive growth?

Posted on 19 August 2016 | Environment & sustainable development

Inequality is rising across the world, but it is perhaps most visible in cities, where the top one percent and those at bottom of the income spectrum live close together. Since rising inequality hurts economic growth, mayors and local officials are increasingly finding themselves at the centre of policy debates about inequality. And since local conditions and dynamics have a huge impact on social and economic mobility, these leaders and their policies play a key role in addressing inequality worldwide.




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