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#ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy

Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 29 November 2016

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 …


#ShiftThePower: it’s about time…

Hilary Gilbert 29 November 2016

I once interviewed a Bedouin man in a small settlement, a long jeep ride from South Sinai’s only road. There was a crumbling school but no teachers. No clinic, no doctors. No shop, no work. …


Case study – Philanthropy in disaster: work ‘twice blest’

Rita Thapa 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The disaster relief work we have done following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal has convinced Tewa and its sister organization Nagarik Aawaz (NA) of the value of altruism in philanthropy. When all is lost, …

Case study – Community controlled grantmaking at the Dalia Association

Aisha Mansour 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

I had served at the Dalia Association for about four months when we organized a women’s community evaluation meeting to discuss the last round of the women supporting women programme, our largest grantmaking programme.  I …

Case study – Never mind control, think about impact

Sean Lowrie 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The 2016 UN World Humanitarian Summit demonstrated a groundswell of voices with a clear message: that power is too far away from the people, and from the local and national first responders who are best …

Where the horizontal meets the vertical

Janet Mawiyoo and Caesar Ngule 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

From 1997 to 2010, Kenya enjoyed a significant share of foreign aid with many organizations depending entirely on it for their operation. Following the recession and the subsequent reclassification of Kenya as a low- to …

Latin American community philanthropy in the vanguard

Andres Thompson 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

In Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville remarked on ‘the general equality of conditions’ in the United States. He didn’t travel to Latin America. If he had, he would have seen a very different picture: …

New developments in community philanthropy emerge in Italy

Carola Carazzone 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Between 2000 and 2006, the first group of Italian community foundations was established in Northern Italy. A lot has been written about the model of community foundation promoted by Fondazione Cariplo and some other enlightened …

Using the power of philanthropy in the public interest in Kenya

Irũngũ Houghton and Constant Cap 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, is not overpopulated. It is just over-concentrated and deeply inequitable. At the same time, it is home to innovation, young industry, a growing internal consumer market and a middle …

Community philanthropy’s ‘burning issues’

Wendy Richardson 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Supporting environmental activists in Mexico who face a climate of violence and insecurity. Exploring the use of shared spaces in Northern Ireland to address disadvantage and division, particularly across religious affiliation. Equipping and encouraging youth …