Laura Señán Cagiao | Coordinator of Strategic Alliances , Fundación Avina

The role of foundations in the implementation of the World Urban Forum’s New Urban Agenda

Monday, 16 April 2018

When it comes to urban development, there is a clear proponent in the ranks: Latin America, which continues to be the most urbanised region in the world. Although this is a unique opportunity for sustainable development, it is at the same time a massive challenge, especially taking into account the huge inequality problem across the region.


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Catriona Gourlay | Executive Director , PeaceNexus Foundation

PeaceNexus: supporting organisational change

Friday, 6 April 2018

PeaceNexus (PN) was founded with a mission to support peace-relevant actors to be more effective in contributing to building peace. We partner with international and local actors to strengthen: their organisational development, their conflict-sensitivity and their ability to develop solutions to local peacebuilding problems through inclusive dialogue. Our theory of change is that by strengthening these core competencies, we multiply our partners’ impact.

Tine Wickers | Head of Communications , Nordea-fonden

The coast is clear … and my office is here! Outreach and advice on the beach

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

This year Nordea-fonden, a Danish philanthropic foundation, decided to earmark 6.7 million euro to support activities along the Danish coastline. Here’s a brief description of why and how we went about moving our office into a tent on the beach.

Pierre Calame | Former President of the Board , Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le progrès de l'Homme

A missed opportunity to rebuild Europe on new foundations through a citizen foundational process

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

“Our societies, while deploring the crisis in representative democracy, are still finding it difficult to devise true citizen debating processes and even more difficult to admit that the revival of democracy requires new methods, which require time and money”.

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.

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.