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Jenny Hodgson

Jenny Hodgson 18 January 2017

The Summit: weaving a new, multi-coloured fabric for development

It’s hard to believe that six weeks have passed since almost 400 of us from over 60 countries gathered in Johannesburg – in the heat of the South African summer – for the Global Summit …

Special feature Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 29 November 2016

#ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy

In this special feature on community philanthropy, we propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’. This involves shifting power closer to the ground, giving agency to local people and their organizations on the principle that …

News Maria Chertok, Caroline Hartnell and Jenny Hodgson 15 November 2016

South Africa’s Bhekinkosi Moyo wins fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

It is with great pleasure and pride that we can now announce the winner of the fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize: Bhekinkosi Moyo, executive director of the Southern Africa Trust and chair of the Africa …

Jenny Hodgson 19 October 2016

Confronting philanthropy’s image problem: does participatory giving offer a way forward?

This article originally appeared on the Global Fund for Community Foundations website, on the 10th October 2016. The original article can be found here. She couldn’t have put it more clearly: “Philanthropy means helping other people… Philanthropy also means …

Special feature Avila Kilmurray and Jenny Hodgson 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

Case study – Community philanthropy chimes with SDGs

Implementing goals, community by community The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have arrived after years of dialogue. Where the earlier Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated in United Nations offices – one was even added as …

Jenny Hodgson 21 July 2015

Can African grantmakers transcend past development strategies?

In 2014, the outbreak of Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone sent a chill around the world. The disease claimed over 11,000 lives, the majority in those three countries. …

Jenny Hodgson 22 May 2015

Philanthropia and Developmen(t) – an uneasy marriage?

Some call it the “clash of civilizations”. Others, the marriage doomed to failure. And others still the wedding party where one of the guests is expected to buy an expensive gift but then not invited …

Letter Jenny Hodgson 2 March 2015 For Subscribers

Change is a messy business

Responses to Michele Fugiel Gartner and Daniel Overall, ‘The trouble with transformation creep’ ‘Whether interventions come through the lens of philanthropy, humanitarianism or economic development, we risk losing much by judging all social initiatives against …

Analysis 1 Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 16 December 2014

Community philanthropy and a new model of development

What role can community philanthropy play in development post-2015? Comments on Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight’s article come from Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Romania, the UK and the US. As discussion hots up around the United …

Analysis Caroline Hartnell, Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 18 August 2014

Strategic or emergent: why are we stuck in the swimming pool?

Gerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre, once commented: ‘Philanthropy tends to get stuck in the swimming pool, when the real action is in the sea.’ The recent controversy about strategic philanthropy and …