Jen Wallace | Head of Policy , Carnegie UK Trust

Wellbeing and social progress: using convening power to catalyse change

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at the Carnegie UK Trust.  Our Trust Deed, written by Andrew Carnegie, was far ahead of its time in charging us with the duty to “improve wellbeing”.  At that time, 100 years ago, wellbeing was not a common form of words for the activities of charitable organisations.  So when the term began to be used as a way of understanding social progress in the 2000s, we took a particular interest.

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Happy Mwende Kinyili | Director of Programmes , Mama Cash
Shalini Eddens | Director of Programs , Urgent Action Fund
Susan Jessop | Senior Officer for Content Development , Mama Cash

Stand with us!: activists call funders to action

Monday, 25 September 2017

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.

Alessio Mennecozzi | Project Manager , Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation

Linking global citizenship to food for a better future

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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?

Matt Reed | Chief Executive Officer , Aga Khan Foundation UK

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

Monday, 4 September 2017

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 Some had never been to school; others were withdrawn by their parents.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.

Flemming Besenbacher | Chairman , Carlsberg Foundation and UNLEASH

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

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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).

Heather Grady | Vice President , Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

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

Friday, 18 August 2017

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.