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How European policy makers have re-discovered philanthropy

Barry Hoolwerf 30 March 2018

Official interest in philanthropy is growing. In recent years European policy makers have (re-)discovered philanthropy and, more specifically foundations as contributors to the public good. In Brussels, the Directorate-General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) was …


MDIF closes $6 million media impact fund

Alliance magazine 22 March 2018

Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), the New York-based non-profit which supports independent media in countries where it is under threat, has announced the final close of its MDIF Media Finance I (MMF I), a $6 …


Philanthropy in the Arab Region – reflections from the UAE

Natasha Ridge 21 March 2018

A new report from Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace entitled Philanthropy in the Arab Region makes a valuable contribution to understanding philanthropic efforts across the Middle East through highlighting both the excellent work that …

Arab philanthropy moves from charity to development, new reports finds

Alliance magazine 21 March 2018

Philanthropy’s role in the Arab region is shifting from a more traditional religious and charitable paradigm to one of secular development. That’s a central finding of a new working paper published today by the Philanthropy …

Meeting in Lusaka heralds Zambian embrace of community philanthropy

Andrew Milner 14 March 2018

The Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF) will launch a new approach to its work at an event entitled ‘From Dependency to Ascendancy’ on 15 March in Lusaka, Zambia. Originally set up as a pooled funding mechanism …

Our approach to promoting women’s rights

Audrey Elster 7 March 2018

Last night I attended a performance of ‘The Color Purple’ at the Johannesburg Theatre. It was a real treat: an excellent cast performing a truly inspiring piece. Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, the play …

New approaches to scale: make sure the talk turns to action

Donzelina Barroso and Naamah Paley Rose 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

Issues that have classically been addressed through public policy – issues such as ocean warming, migration, and the increased pressure on urban areas – are now more global and interconnected in nature. They require different …

Foundations at scale

Andrew Milner 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

What do we mean by scaling up interventions? The Alliance website uses the following definition: ‘The ability to expand programmes, projects or ideas in collaboration with other foundations and/or government, business and civil society.’ The …

Giving as whole beings, not as living ATMs

Solome Lemma 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

While African diaspora communities have given for decades and continue to do so through various formations, we have yet to maximize the diaspora’s giving potential. This may be about to change. To tap into the …

The Red Cross and Tony Elumelu Foundation partner to support Nigerian entrepreneurs

Emily Hurley 11 February 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) partnered in January with the goal of empowering 200 Nigerian entrepreneurs from the North East and Niger Delta. The ICRC and …