Nick McGrath | Strategic Partnerships Manager , Aga Khan Foundation

Inspiring young people and creating hope for the future in Northern Kenya

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Lamu Island, known for its pristine beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and UNESCO world heritage town has until recently been spared much of the instability that has affected mainland Kenya. However, rapid social and economic shifts and an insurgency along the border with neighbouring Somalia are spilling over and impacting the region. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the negative and destructive influences that have become a serious threat to regional security.


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Paul Costello | Program Coordinator, Urban and Regional Policy , German Marshall Fund of the United States

Cross-sector Partnerships Pursuing Transformative Change in Transatlantic Cities

Monday, 5 February 2018

Since 2008, over half of the global population lives in cities. In Europe and North America this number is closer to 80 percent. If we look at economic activity from both a global and transatlantic perspective, such thresholds were surpassed decades ago, without any acknowledgement or realisation by policymakers of the impact that this would have on increasing and now overlapping global, transatlantic, and urban challenges.

Jenny Hodgson | Executive Director , Global Fund for Community Foundations

It’s time for human rights organisations to harness the power of local giving – and for funders to support them to do so

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Individual giving has power. Consider the huge outpouring of donations to organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union that followed Donald Trump’s executive ban on seven Muslim-majority countries in January 2017. Millions of dollars were raised by donations from hundreds of thousand individuals within hours of the ban, the mobilisation of a massive, perhaps normally […]

Eric Gutierrez | Policy and Public Affairs , Christian Aid

When summer did not follow the spring

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Over a few months in 2012, a question came up among Christian Aid’s staff in Africa reflecting on the impact of the ‘Arab Springs’: Will a summer or a winter follow the spring? ‘Summer’ means democratisation spreading and deepening; ‘winter’, on the other hand, means repression retaliating with a vengeance, leading to severe constrictions of democratic space. While the democratic spring was reason to celebrate, the political weather forecast was bleak. Between January 2012 and October 2013, Civicus documented 413 threats and attacks on civil society in 87 countries. Ethiopia imposed new curbs on free speech, and froze the assets of human rights NGOs. Bills imposing further restrictions on civil society groups were filed in Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, and many more. These legal restrictions underlay a context of increasing violence and physical attacks. It certainly seemed that winter was following the spring.

Bing Hao | Project Controller , IKEA Foundation

Is there a one-size-fits-all solution for foundations conducting due diligence on prospective grantees?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

When the IKEA Foundation started grantmaking back in 2010, there was no due diligence process, or organisational assessment as we call it. Neither was there much need; the first projects were inherited from IKEA’s social initiatives with large organisations like Save the Children, UNICEF and renowned universities. We signed agreements, requested the partners’ bank information and transferred the funds.

Debbie Pippard | Head of Programmes , Barrow Cadbury Trust

Civil Society under threat: why protecting and growing civil society globally is vital

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Barrow Cadbury Trust was set up by husband and wife, Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury, almost 100 years ago. We consider ourselves to be part of, as well as funders of, civil society and we still follow the old Quaker imperative (since adopted widely by others) of ‘speaking truth to power’. That’s something we can do more or less with impunity in the UK, but this is not of course the case in all areas of the globe.