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Block and Tackle: using blockchain technology to create and regulate civil society organisations

27 July 2016
CAF

Previous Giving Thought papers have looked at how cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin) and blockchain technology could be used for social good. This new paper builds on that work by considering the impact that blockchain technology could have on the way in which charities are created and regulated. The core argument of this paper is that many of the functions of charity regulation could be achieved (or even improved) without the need for standalone regulatory organisations. This …

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IHRFG conference – Universal Human Rights: What are we sharing across borders?

26 July 2016
Natalie Ross

It was clear from the opening plenary of IHRFG’s 2016 conference that those of us working to protect human rights are increasingly feeling the impact of recent world events on our personal lives. It was this weight that motivated speakers to change a planned discussion on sustaining funding for human rights work and instead tell personal stories of how they came to this field, which in turn inspired attendees to share incredibly moving experiences, as …

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IHRFG conference – A movement moment

26 July 2016
Radha Friedman

Conferences don’t usually begin with tears. But given the last few weeks, it wasn’t surprising. The killings of Alton Sterling …

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IHRFG conference – ‘Are you okay?’ Embracing vulnerability to sustain the human rights movement

26 July 2016
Luis F. Vivaldi

‘Are you okay?’ It seems like a simple question, but it asks so much of us. Recalling the recent tragic …

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IHRFG conference – funders aren’t sitting on the SDG sidelines

26 July 2016
Don Cipriani

On July 11, 2016, the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) brought thirty-seven grantmakers together for their thought-provoking Institute on …