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

Susan Hennessy 8 December 2017

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 …


Funder bodies urge joined up action to combat closing civil society space

Alliance magazine 15 November 2017

A research paper published today by the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) has called for more strategic action and engagement from international funders. Launching the research in Brussels, …


Could the annulment of Kenya’s election set a precedent for African civil society?

David Kode 2 November 2017

The ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court strengthens the independence of the judiciary and places this institution as a key player and arbiter in future elections and on issues that affect peace and security in Kenya. …

Non-profit journalism as a tool for change

Claire Hoffman 1 November 2017

Over the last six months, I’ve had the chance to participate in two panels on non-profit journalism and philanthropy, in partnership with the Synergos’ Global Philanthropists Circle as well as the Philanthropy Workshop. When I …

Africa’s sleeping bear – the continental youth bulge

Jacob Beck 24 October 2017

The continent has the world’s youngest population with over 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. In fact, the continent’s working age population is expected to exceed 1 billion within just 17 …

India’s children deserve a solid foundation

Vikram Jain and Sana Kazi 12 October 2017

India has made remarkable progress towards universalizing primary education, but learning outcomes are poor. Current efforts to address poor learning outcomes focus on improving primary education but ignore the preschool years. But, the preschool years …

Latin America: sharing philanthropy, not hoarding wealth

2 Florencia Roitstein 10 October 2017 For Subscribers

Buenos Aires, Argentina Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. In 2014, the richest 10 per cent kept 71 per cent of the region’s wealth. If this trend continues, according to Oxfam’s …

Goodbye crown meddling; hello Māori decolonizing development

Rucha Chitnis 9 October 2017

One might mistake Otaki as a sleepy seaside town in the bucolic Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand. That assumption would be wrong. Otaki is alive and kicking after nearly two …

Reflections of the 2017 Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Benjamin Bellegy 6 October 2017

I recently had the pleasure in attending the Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo organized by the Brazilian WINGS member, the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS). As every year, IDIS gathers a …

Shrinking, closing, shifting; A changing space for civil society

Sarah Albrecht 3 October 2017

Looking at the global state of civil society, two aspects emerge at first glance: It seems more alive and active than ever and, at the same time, it seems to be operating under an ever-growing …