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.

Inspiring young people and creating hope for the future in Northern Kenya

Posted on 6 February 2018 | Children & youthEducationHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

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.

Cross-sector Partnerships Pursuing Transformative Change in Transatlantic Cities

Posted on 5 February 2018 | Environment & sustainable developmentGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

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.

It’s time for human rights organisations to harness the power of local giving – and for funders to support them to do so

Posted on 5 December 2017 | Human rights, citizenship & democracy

Individual giving has power. Consider the huge outpouring of donations to organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union that followed Donald Trump’s executive ban on seven Muslim-majority countries in January 2017. Millions of dollars were raised by donations from hundreds of thousand individuals within hours of the ban, the mobilisation of a massive, perhaps normally […]

When summer did not follow the spring

Posted on 15 November 2017 | Global challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

Over a few months in 2012, a question came up among Christian Aid’s staff in Africa reflecting on the impact of the ‘Arab Springs’: Will a summer or a winter follow the spring? ‘Summer’ means democratisation spreading and deepening; ‘winter’, on the other hand, means repression retaliating with a vengeance, leading to severe constrictions of democratic space. While the democratic spring was reason to celebrate, the political weather forecast was bleak. Between January 2012 and October 2013, Civicus documented 413 threats and attacks on civil society in 87 countries. Ethiopia imposed new curbs on free speech, and froze the assets of human rights NGOs. Bills imposing further restrictions on civil society groups were filed in Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, and many more. These legal restrictions underlay a context of increasing violence and physical attacks. It certainly seemed that winter was following the spring.




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