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Unleashing the true potential of philanthropy to transform lives and communities

Michael Mapstone 25 April 2018

Over the past couple of years, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in meetings and conferences about the role of philanthropy in _______ (fill the blank with ‘global development’, ‘SDGs’, ‘closing space’, ‘climate …


German philanthropy should get behind LGBTI rights

Felix Oldenburg 15 March 2018

Many Alliance readers will know far more about LGBTI issues than me. However, I will not hide behind a convenient lack of expertise but rather speak out inspired by the courage of many others. I …


Down the rabbit hole – The tale of Alliance’s Communications Officer

2 Kathryn Murrell 13 March 2018

I still remember the laughter and hoots of support mixed with the boos of opposition the first time the words ‘impact heretic’ were banded around the Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) 2016 AGM. I was …

How interfaith philanthropy can minimize violence in the name of religion

Retnaningtyas Dwi Hapsari 12 March 2018

Indonesia is a large archipelago nation comprised of large groups of diverse cultures, ethnicities and religions. The diversity of Indonesia society is both a gift and a challenge. In modern politics, the issue of Indonesian …

Observations on Philanthropy in Russia

John Slocum 9 March 2018

Caroline Hartnell’s Philanthropy in Russia: A working paper provides an excellent overview of the state of Russia’s philanthropic sector. Based on a series of in-depth consultations with more than a dozen leading practitioners, this report …

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 …

Resourcing for women’s rights: an Indonesian crossroads

Kamala Chandrakirana 6 March 2018

The struggle to end violence against women is a long-term agenda that requires a whole-system approach supported by meaningful and sustained resourcing. The journey is a long and winding road on all counts. In 2011, …

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 …