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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 …


Soros gifts $18 billion to Open Society Foundations

Alliance magazine 21 October 2017

Disclosed last week, George Soros gifted $18 billion dollars to his Open Society Foundations. The foundation’s founder and chairman has now made one of the largest transfers of wealth ever, by a private donor to …

Alliance Audio – The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Alliance magazine 19 September 2017

Welcome to the third Alliance Audio. This is the latest in a new series debating key issues in philanthropy with guests from across the foundation world. In this podcast Alliance editor Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Dr …

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Cash transfers account for less than 5 per cent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence to suggest that they are effective, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly. Its co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Charles Keidan how the approach …

Philanthropy can eliminate neglected diseases

Bill Campbell 16 June 2017

Giving away money is hard work. Or at least it should be. Having spent 30 years leading businesses at JP Morgan Chase and Visa, I’ve picked up some habits that are hard to break in …

Under the same roof, but not (yet) in connubial bliss: philanthropy and global development

Bathylle Missika and Emilie Romon 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

While policymakers and philanthropists both support sustainable development and social justice, prior to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they had been doing so on parallel tracks. Now the SDGs are part of philanthropy’s shared language. …

USAID must reform to truly support a community philanthropy model

Aisha Mansour 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

The December issue of Alliance focused on the topic of community philanthropy and the concept of ‘durable development’ – shifting power closer to the ground and giving agency to local people and their organizations. Aisha …

Learning visit reflection: the value of coordinated support for refugees

Human Rights Funders Network 8 December 2016

This article originally appeared on the IHRFG‘s blog, on 1 December 2016. The original article can be found here. Driving up to the Zataari refugee camp is overwhelming. The massive size of the camp is visible …

Case study – Never mind control, think about impact

Sean Lowrie 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The 2016 UN World Humanitarian Summit demonstrated a groundswell of voices with a clear message: that power is too far away from the people, and from the local and national first responders who are best …