Working our way towards a Single Market for Philanthropy

Posted on 25 May 2018 | Foundations' operations

Growing nationalism and deepening populist sentiment across Europe make it all the more urgent to bolster our shared European values. Civil society, which includes philanthropy, is essential in this. But if civil society remains legally hemmed in by national borders, then it cannot work and interact on a level playing field with other sectors of European society. A Single Market for Philanthropy would ensure that the sector can realise its potential as a full partner in the vibrant, innovative and democratic European society that so many of us have long worked towards.

Give Chance a Chance – a Lottery Decides Which Daring Research Ideas Receive Funding

Posted on 18 May 2018 | Research, science & technology

When deciding on the eligibility of project applications, strict formal and technical specifications play a role, and the projects are also subjected to careful examination by experts. However, it is sometimes difficult for exceptionally creative research projects to survive this selection process because their full potential is not always perceived. In order to give such hidden pearls an equal chance, the Volkswagen Foundation is taking a new path.

Déjà vu all over again: The short attention span and the cyclical obliviousness of the philanthropic and development industries

Posted on 8 May 2018 | Foundations' operations

The philanthropic and development sectors have much in common, an ever-expending jargon, genuine concern for the people at the bottom of the pyramid, evaluating impact, just to name randomly  few of the thousands of similarities.  In what follows I concentrate on a singular joint foible – their respective razor-slim bandwidths for learning.

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

Posted on 16 April 2018 | Environment & sustainable developmentFoundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

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.

PeaceNexus: supporting organisational change

Posted on 6 April 2018 | Global challenges, peace-building

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.

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

Posted on 20 March 2018 | Environment & sustainable developmentFoundations' operations

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.

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