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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 …


Breaking taboos through courage and open dialogue

Susan Place Everhart 21 November 2017

To break a taboo takes great courage. This was the theme of a ‘Breaking Taboos’ panel discussion at the Trust Conference 2017, organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation in London this week, where a group of …


Only one man in the room…

Françoise Pissart 1 June 2017

When I entered the ‘women’s movements in Europe‘ session at the 2017 EFC’s annual conference yesterday, I immediately felt a very concentrated, energized atmosphere and a strong desire of the audience to participate in the …

Unaccompanied, but not alone

Michael Diedring 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

In addition to a moral duty to provide protection to refugees, it is in Europe’s self-interest to recognize the opportunity inherent in every individual, particularly those migrant children and youth who are in Europe unaccompanied …

What lessons can human rights funders learn from the Ebola outbreak?

Human Rights Funders Network 17 April 2017

It’s been over a year since the WHO officially declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst outbreak of the disease on record. While the immediate crisis is over, much remains …

CIVICUS: Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources 

CIVICUS 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Today, natural resource campaigners are facing increasing pushback from political leaders and powerful corporations intent on defending vested interests. The new report  Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources, from CIVICUS and Publish What …

The world is upside-down. What are human rights funders doing to turn it over?

Human Rights Funders Network 15 February 2017

On January 21, one day after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, an estimated four million people participated in the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches worldwide. There was a mix of feelings …

From communities to constituencies for human rights

Mona Younis 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

As a human rights advocate I am grieved by our limited success in building strong and active human rights constituencies even in places where promoting human rights is not dangerous. Indeed, we have yet to …

Is equality really on the menu?

Tobias Jung 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

On the shelf of philanthropic playthings, community philanthropy sits like a teddy bear. Next to the die-cast action figures of scientific and venture philanthropy, it feels soft, flexible and comforting; compared to the precious and …

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 …