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Capturing the impact in impact investment

Plum Lomax and NPC 12 February 2018

Impact investing continues to rise up the agenda. It was a hot topic at Davos with TPG’s Rise Fund (co-founded by Bono) getting airtime. New impact funds are coming on stream weekly – in 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 …


Cryptocurrencies, global governance and our collective future

4 Jonah Wittkamper 7 February 2018

A cryptocurrency tied to world democracy, sustainability and poverty alleviation could save the world.  The bitcoin rise decentralizes power and represents a shift in loyalties from governments to technology. Millennial enthusiasm for virtual currencies and …

Daring to invest in national consultants to strengthen civil society

1 Helen Mealins and Rick James 6 February 2018

Pressure is mounting on the international community to ‘localise’, to move funding and leadership to the level where development really happens. In places where civil society is constantly adapting to new opportunities and threats, access …

Philanthropy in Russia report released

Kathryn Murrell and Charles Keidan 1 February 2018

Leading philanthropy infrastructure bodies, CAF Russia and WINGS, have published a working paper on philanthropy in Russia. The report, titled simply Philanthropy in Russia is part of a wider series, developed by Philanthropy for Social Justice …

The importance of trust

Amy McGoldrick 18 January 2018

‘…11 days ago two bullets crossed off two more faces from my family tree they were 14 they were studying the blood-soaked arithmetic pages are still sitting on the mantel…’ Emi Mahmoud, a Sudanese-American slam poet, performing at …

Banging on the door – Women’s fight for a voice and space in civil society

Tharanga Yakupitiyage 15 January 2018

The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to their gender or sexual orientation. Civil society organizations …

Philanthropy should fund the media for its own sake

Rhodri Davies and Fran Yeoman 9 January 2018 For Subscribers

Many are starting to ask whether general support for journalism as an end in itself should constitute a valid focus of philanthropy; given the recently renewed acceptance of the idea that news gathering and reporting …

Walk with us, not over us: how to build philanthropy’s social license

Krystian Seibert 12 December 2017 For Subscribers

Melbourne, Australia Australian philanthropy’s work alongside indigenous people can serve as an example of respectful relationships. At its best, philanthropy challenges the prevailing culture and expectations in societies around the world. When so much of …

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 …