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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 …

Where is the new beginning?

Kaja Petryka 18 September 2017

I have such reflections after taking part in the European Conference of Community Foundations in Cardiff, which was organized in September by ECFI and UKCF. I participated in two sessions – ‘Creative fundraising and capacity …

NCVO report reveals growth in social sector spending

Jacob Beck 14 September 2017

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac provides us with some interesting perspectives on the trends seen throughout the philanthropic community in the past several months. As we enter the final …

Great expectations

Maria Chertok 13 September 2017

The fact that the ECFI (European Community Foundations Initiative – a project run by the Association of German Foundations) conference was the first ever European conference of community foundations was a mind blowing fact in …

Vois Africa gives voice to young African philanthropists 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Vois Africa was established after the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015. The conference revealed the lack of a youth agenda in philanthropy and that young people were not adequately represented or included on the relevant platforms where …

FundAction: giving grantmaking power to activists  

Edge Funders 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The question of power is central to philanthropy: Who decides about the allocation of funds? While social movements and activists have been calling for more participatory decision-making processes and new types of collaboration with funders for …