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.

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

Posted on 21 February 2018 | DemocracyGlobal challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

“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”.

Be careful what you wish for

Posted on 20 February 2018 | Foundations' operations

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

The adage “be careful what you wish for” is perhaps as old as it is glib, but somehow it feels applicable to the third in this series of challenges facing contemporary philanthropy.

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