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 Some had never been to school; others were withdrawn by their parents.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


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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.

Caspar Kolster | Mercator European Dialogue Programme Assistant , The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Nike Pulda | Mercator European Dialogue Intern , The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Open Dialogue and the Future of Philanthropy

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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 […]

Matt Reed | Chief Executive Officer , Aga Khan Foundation UK

Building bridges on the Afghan-Tajik border

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The construction of a sixth cross-border bridge and market, together with investments in local enterprise, aims to bring economic prosperity and regional stability to one of the most remote border areas in the world.

Joan Lombardi | Senior Advisor , Bernard van Leer Foundation

Moving forwards by reflecting back: Early Childhood Matters 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

With the publication of Early Childhood Matters last month, we once again shine a spotlight on the earliest years of life. We look back at advances made for young children and families around the world, first to celebrate and learn, but more importantly to provide hope and momentum for the long journey ahead.