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How can funders use theory of change to promote systems change and tackle systemic problems?

11 December 2017
Rosanna Thomasoo

Systems change remains a hot topic in the social sector. For good reason. The complexity of the challenges we face today is hard to grasp—from homelessness and poverty to climate change and the refugee crisis. So many charities and funders are looking at how they can transform systems to create sustainable change rather than providing short-term ‘Band-Aid solutions’. But how can funders understand their role in systems change? And how can they support grantees that …


When it comes to refugees, German foundations can do more and better

8 December 2017
Susan Hennessy

Living in Uganda between 2013 and 2105 and now in Berlin has given me a unique insight into attitudes of citizens and the responding governments and agencies of two countries which opened their borders to those in need. In recent months, Alliance has featured responses from German foundations to the refugee crisis. While these highlight individual positive stories, the whole picture is much bleaker and though much of the fault for this lies with the …


Our voices are strong: why self-led activism works

7 December 2017
Susan Jessop and Kellea Miller

Every voice matters. But impoverishment, injustice and violence in communities around the world routinely serve to silence women, girls and …


Sasakawa launches first gender-lens Asian impact investment fund

6 December 2017
Alliance magazine

Japan’s Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has launched Asia’s first impact investment fund specifically aimed at the empowerment of women.  Through …


Philanthropy and the media

5 December 2017
Alliance magazine

Alliance magazine has today launched its latest issue on philanthropy and the media. In the special feature, Alliance editor, Charles Keidan and …