Community Philanthropy: it’s a thing, and you need to know about it

Posted on 14 June 2016 | Foundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

It’s almost always the same argument. Or excuse. Governments joining the accelerating global trend of restricting civil society at home like to claim that they are protecting their country against meddling “foreign powers”. No one has to like, or agree, with that point of view in order to take it seriously, and perhaps even to see the onslaught as an opportunity. As the saying goes, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Protecting whistleblowers and whistleblowing, a challenge for democracy

Posted on 6 June 2016 | Human rights, citizenship & democracy

The Panama papers affair, just like with the previous Lux leaks or Snowden revelations, once again confirm the importance of the role of whistleblowers in defending public interest. Whistleblowers are at the centre of events as never before, holding governments and corporations to account for illegal activity, corruption, abuse in care and environmental damage, and often risking their careers and lives.

On Galicia’s Way of St. James: A Formula for Development via Technology Transfer

Posted on 21 March 2016 | Environment & sustainable developmentGenderHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

Galicia is a peripheral region in the north-west of Spain, a coastal area and the destination for pilgrims on the route known as the Way of Saint James. Over the past eleven centuries the route has became an important axis for trade and for the dissemination of knowledge among the pilgrims travelling it and the towns it traverses. Galicia, as many other regions in the developed world, faces three intertwined challenges: an ageing population, a high rate of unemployment (around 18 percent) and high production costs which hinder competition with other regions and Spain’s competitiveness with other countries. High unemployment is compounded by a 24 percent income gap faced by Galician women.

What does it mean to be a foundation nowadays? Part II

Posted on 14 March 2016 | Disaster reliefDiversity, migration & social inclusionFoundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingUncategorized

Thinking about European foundations’ response to the current situation has obliged me to distil one other powerful lesson about this dynamic sector which I’d like to focus on in this blog post: that change is inevitable and that, in their own ways, European foundations are in fact quietly adept at dealing with shifting contexts.

It’s time for philanthropy to demand more evidence-informed communications

Posted on 17 February 2016 | Foundations' operations

Do you feel like your organisation’s communications efforts are too often about “sending stuff out into the ether”?

The European Climate Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation journey

Posted on | Environment & sustainable developmentFoundations' operationsUncategorized

“Why does the European Climate Foundation (ECF) monitor and evaluate?” This was the question that started the ECF’s M&E journey.

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