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Elika Roohi

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 8 December 2020

Open Society Foundations urge reset of global health funding

Health philanthropy leaders at the Open Society Foundations have called for a change of direction in global health funding which they say too often favours ‘private interests over public provision’. The Open Society Foundations’ Julia …

Interview Elika Roohi 8 December 2020

Funding when disaster strikes

It’s been a year of unprecedented need, but also unprecedented giving. A report from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid analysing funding given in response to the Covid-19 pandemic during the first half of …

News Charles Keidan and Elika Roohi 1 December 2020

Dr Tedros: There is great potential and need for philanthropy to partner with the global health field

Alliance magazine exclusive – In a wide ranging and poignant interview, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on philanthropic foundations to advocate for increased investment in public health, …

Conference reports Elika Roohi 26 November 2020

WINGS Forum 2020: Focus not only on sharing generosity, but sharing power

The 2020 annual WINGS forum was meant to happen in Nairobi, a celebration of the organisation’s 20th anniversary with their first conference in Africa. Of course, this year made other plans – so this week …

News Elika Roohi 17 November 2020

Wallace Global, Sierra Club Foundation hit back at divestment ‘virtue signalling’ claims

It is ‘intellectually dishonest’ for foundations to separate the values that govern their grantmaking from how they manage their investments, say two of the leading voices in the Divest-Invest movement writing in Alliance magazine today. …

Interview Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 10 November 2020

Mental health, climate and disease: Wellcome Trust’s Director of Strategy on tackling our big health threats

With an endowment of £26 billion, the UK’s Wellcome Trust is the fourth biggest foundation in the world. As one of the leading funders of global health, it has been at the forefront of efforts …

Interview Elika Roohi 27 October 2020

Funders recognise systems change philanthropy as critical, according to report

How, when, and why do certain solutions achieve system-level shifts? Four years ago, the Skoll, Ford, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, Porticus, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors set out to explore that question through the Scaling …

News Elika Roohi 3 October 2020

European AI Fund launches, opens proposals for €1 million in grants

A group of national, regional and international foundations working in Europe have partnered to launch the European Artificial Intelligence Fund, a philanthropic initiative dedicated to strengthening civil society’s ability to actively shape the role and …

News Elika Roohi 29 September 2020

Community philanthropy chair hits out at Mexican government civil society crackdown

Michael Layton, who joined the Johnson Center for Philanthropy as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair earlier this month has used his first article to raise concerns about  Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador interference …

News 1 Elika Roohi 7 September 2020

‘Tiny fraction’ of development funding goes toward tackling outdoor air pollution, finds new report

According to a new report published by the Clean Air Fund, just $273 million in grant funding went directly to tackling outdoor air pollution between 2015 and 2019. This sum represents a ‘tiny fraction’ of …