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Filiz Bikmen

Opinion Filiz Bikmen 15 July 2013

From seed to sprout – creating new spaces to strengthen philanthropy in emerging market countries

The ‘idea seed’ to organize a forum to convene philanthropists and practitioners from emerging market countries was planted back in January 2012, at a meeting in London on ‘Building Bridges: Developing Philanthropy in Emerging Markets’. …

Opinion Filiz Bikmen 13 March 2013

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Nearly a year ago, I wrote about the value of initiatives that create space for reflection, learning and mutual support among people working in the area of social change, and the tremendous contribution they make …

Special feature Filiz Bikmen 1 March 2013

New horizons

The economic boom of BRICS and MINT countries coupled with the unequal distribution of this growth presents new opportunities and challenges for philanthropy in emerging markets. Among them are different approaches to giving, lukewarm relationships …

Opinion 1 Filiz Bikmen 20 February 2013

Not all aid is created equal: the missing link in Turkish development assistance

The steady rate of economic growth in emerging market countries such as Brazil, India and Turkey is not only affecting the way private money is channelled for public good; it is also affecting the way …

Conference Report Filiz Bikmen 1 September 2012 For Subscribers

Funding for gender, women and girls: An AGA retrospective and launch of a new report by Mama Cash and Grantcraft

Perhaps some of you may not have noticed, but there has been an important change underway at the AGAs. Since 2010, thanks to the leadership of Mama Cash and the support of other organizations and …

Conference reports Filiz Bikmen 11 June 2012

Funding for gender, women and girls: An AGA retrospective and launch of a new report by Mama Cash and Grantcraft

Perhaps some of you may not have noticed, but there has been an important change underway at the AGAs. Since 2010, thanks to the leadership of Mama Cash and the support of other organizations and …

Opinion 1 Filiz Bikmen 12 April 2012

It’s the journey, not the destination: a reflection on Ellen Remmer’s ‘Off the beaten path’

In her recent post, Ellen Remmer refers to a number of factors such as role models, time and safe spaces, continuous learning and reflection to help ‘catalyse’ donors. Looking at this list from the perspective …

Opinion 1 Filiz Bikmen 2 February 2012

Markets are emerging … why not philanthropy?

This question captures the ethos of the late visionary Olga Alexeeva who saw emerging markets as an opportunity to cultivate new donors. Starting in her native country of Russia, she had just begun to expand …

Opinion Filiz Bikmen 12 January 2012

Values, not endowments, enable philanthropy across generations

I quite agree with what Michael Edwards said about the Occupy movement in a recent interview with Philanthropy News Digest: ‘That’s what social movements do. They may not have a direct impact on policy in …

Conference Report Filiz Bikmen 1 December 2011 For Subscribers

EFC and DAFNE Autumn Assembly

In an attempt to foster greater collaboration among foundations and donor networks, the European Foundation Centre, in cooperation with DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, 21 members across Europe collectively serving more than 5,500 …