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Opinion

Funding local and Indigenous communities is key to safeguarding Brazil’s biodiversity 

1 March 2024
Lisa Gunn

Brazil is a complex place. It is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The Amazon Rainforest alone is home to 10 percent of all wildlife on earth, including plants and animals that can only be found in Brazil, such as the Black Squirrel Monkey and the Pied Tamarin. Yet animal suffering is also at the core of Brazil’s economy.  Rainforests are cleared at alarming rates to make space for growing livestock feed, …

Opinion

Loop’s hibernation needs to be a wake-up call

29 February 2024
Rebecca Hanshaw and Kate Moger

‘It’s a frustrating reality that while we advocate for systems change, vested interests often act as gatekeepers, perpetuating the very structures we aim to dismantle.’ This was a comment posted on LinkedIn from Adeso’s Dawit Taddele Dessie in response to the announcement that Loop, the accountability platform, had entered hibernation. It would be too easy to dismiss Loop’s situation as another ‘failed start up’. Afterall, we know that over half of new businesses fail in …

News

Half a billion dollar local journalism initiative expands across US

29 February 2024
Shafi Musaddique

A national coalition of funders investing over $500 million to boost local journalism in the US is expanding into 17 new regions and communities.  Mississippi, Wyoming and New Mexico are among US states joining the Press Forward initiative that brings together new donors and foundations to expand available resources for local news.  The Press Forward project, first opened in September last year, aims to strengthen communities by reversing the dramatic decline in local journalism and news …

Opinion

The change is now – but how?

29 February 2024
Barry Knight and Rebecca Hanshaw

After 18 months of work with the H & S Davidson Trust on its Reforming International Development programme, it is clear that the system is broken. As the world drifts towards ever more violent conflict, there is less freedom and more polarisation than ever before. Too few resources continue to reach local communities and when they do, our evidence suggests that the way they are delivered often ‘disempowers’ and causes harm.  The Global Summit held …

Analysis

Four blended finance trends that will drive impact

28 February 2024
Maya Ziswiler

The enormous funding gap needed to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals stands at around $3.9 trillion each year. However, …

News

Twenty major foundations sign climate adaptation commitment

27 February 2024
Shafi Musaddique

Twenty major philanthropic funders have signed a call for action outlaying stronger commitments towards funding climate resilience and adaptation.   …

Analysis

The social impact opportunities of AI in India

27 February 2024
Alex Counts

To paraphrase Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, trends such as financial and technology innovation, the proliferation of social media, and …

News

Which session at Philea Research Forum 2024 would you most like to read about?

26 February 2024
Alliance magazine

Philea’s Research Forum; “Breaking Bad (Habits): How Can Foundations Move from Siloes to Shaping Future Innovation Ecosystems” will take place …

News

Philea Research Forum 2024: Breaking bad habits in Milan

26 February 2024
Alliance magazine

Philea’s Research Forum; “Breaking Bad (Habits): How Can Foundations Move from Siloes to Shaping Future Innovation Ecosystems” will take place …

Analysis

Localising philanthropy – what does it entail?

26 February 2024
Arun Kumar and Ritesh Datta

Localisation, shifting power and decolonisation are among the most talked about phrases in social development spaces today. If pursued earnestly, …

Conference reports

Transforming financing for peace: can philanthropy rise to the challenge?

23 February 2024
Kristina Preiksaityte

Peacebuilding is in crisis. This year begun with wars burning in Gaza, Sudan, and Ukraine – not to mention less-covered …

News

To ensure education in Ukraine, provide flexible funding to grassroots groups

22 February 2024
Ashani Ratnayake

Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine has had devastating impacts on children’s access to education. Many schools were unable to reopen …

Conference reports

PEX 2024: Future literacy, abolition, and espressos

21 February 2024
Kit Muirhead

We started our PEX 2024 journey surrounded by the multi-coloured murals and graffiti of a suburb in the heart of …