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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 …


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 …


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 for in-person classes this fall, and some students struggled to access online classes due to frequent power outages caused by air strikes. UNICEF has reported a deterioration in language, reading, and mathematics abilities among Ukrainian schoolchildren. Access to education doesn’t just mean a child’s ability to access a physical or virtual school. It also means …


How small grants can empower local communities to tackle air pollution

19 February 2024
Ben Robinson and Imogen Martineau

Everyone deserves to have access to clean air. And yet, 99 percent of the world’s population still breathe air that is harmful and dirty. In the UK alone, it causes approximately 40,000 early deaths each year. Air pollution also contributes to a range of medical conditions, including strokes, dementia, heart disease, asthma and lung cancer. Research shows that deprived communities in England typically live in places with the highest emissions of air pollution. Yet tackling …


Funding challenges in the movement to end statelessness

12 February 2024
Samantha Sitterley, Martine Kalaw and Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough

Statelessness is a global issue for between four and ten million people worldwide. Global conflicts and other issues deny stateless …


Empowering the Next Generation: Green Education is Key

9 February 2024
Malakeh El Haj

‘If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.’ This ancient …


The importance of ‘language justice’ in social justice movements 

5 February 2024
Prachi Patankar and Phoebe De Padua

‘As an Indigenous and ethnic minority woman, I dream, I laugh, I experience my true self in my own language. …


Response to Sommer: How to miss the point of board members

2 February 2024
Peter Frumkin

In his article on staff relations with boards, Simon Sommer makes three central claims, and they come one right after …


Power does not shift easily

29 January 2024
Fredrick Ouko and Mary Ann Clements

The call to shift power and change how INGOs operate is at least a generation old. Yet little progress has …


Three philanthropy myths to bust in 2024

29 January 2024
Devon Kearney

2024 arrives with a sense of urgency on all fronts. At a time when democratic norms are slipping, inequality and …


Anti-Rights Movements, Feminisms and Civil Society in Latin America

29 January 2024
Andrés Thompson

Many studies on civil society, the ‘third sector’ and philanthropy in Latin America and the Caribbean have for years analyzed …


The path forward for philanthropy and systems level transformation

23 January 2024
Khadija Ba and Dina Sherif

In the dynamic and fast-paced world of today, discussions around strategic philanthropy, particularly its role in effecting systemic change, are …


What’s possible when infrastructure has infrastructure? PEX as a container to practice the future of philanthropy

22 January 2024
Birce Altay, Alina Porumb, Hanna Stähle, Olga Tarasov, Vinzenz Himmighofen, Alexandra Stef, Francesca Mereta and Alina Shenfeldt

“What if?” is the guiding question for visionary communities to take organisations, sectors and societies forward. This question took European …