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Global South/Global North – the necessity of invention?

1 Marcos Kisil 27 January 2017

I cannot agree more with the excellent work of Andrew Milner regarding the terms Global South/Global North. It seems that, in the absence of a good explanation for the inequities among countries, and internally between regions …


Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

Ine Van Severen 5 December 2016

It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks trends in the conditions for civil society in countries around …


Data needed … and more besides

1 Susan Wilkinson-Maposa 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) collect data for the purpose of donor compliance – numbers of grants awarded, people served, training sessions held, etc. What they don’t tend to collect are data on the other form …

Resourcing community philanthropy

Danny Sriskandarajah 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The international development landscape is shifting rapidly. In many ways, we’re witnessing the end of the ‘development-industrial complex’ that has dominated the sector for the last two decades. The days of rich northern countries delivering …

CIVICUS: Action for Sustainable Development – the role of civil society

CIVICUS 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The concept of inclusion is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals: not only did the UN embark on its biggest public consultation process ever to design the SDGs (over 500,000 people participated), but …

Case study: Feminist philanthropy on the streets of Latin America

Luz Aquilante 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The Women’s Fund from the South (FMS) was created in 2007 to promote women’s rights by investing in women-led organizations, particularly at the grassroots level. Part of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF/Prospera), it …

Case study: Instilling a sense of co-responsibility in donors

Anderson Giovani da Silva 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The Community Foundation for Greater Florianopolis (ICOM) operates in Southern Brazil in a region of deep inequalities. Over the 10 years since its establishment, ICOM has gradually moved its source of funding away from international …

Council on Foundations: Pathways to promote diversity

Council on Foundations 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The Council on Foundations (CoF) has relaunched its Career Pathways leadership development programme in the US. The programme works to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in philanthropy’s leadership pipeline and cultivate a …

GIFE – New advocacy strategy in Brazil

GIFE 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Brazil enjoys a relatively free environment for civil society organizations, but non-profit organizations still face enormous challenges to develop a strong and autonomous sector. Some of these relate to the complexity of the social and …

Give power to grantees

Angela Seay 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Alliance magazine is to be commended for its September issue special feature contributing to the ongoing discussion of philanthropy’s increasing influence. Often philanthropy has too much influence depending on the cause and the donor. There …