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A role model for the good ship philanthropy?

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2012

The cover of this issue of Alliance shows Christopher Columbus’s ship – presumably on its way to discovering the ‘New World’. The explorer’s fragile ship, buffeted and tossed by huge waves, on an expedition that …

While we looked the other way

Caroline Hartnell 1 March 2012

The worst consequence of perhaps the worst recession the world has ever known may be that we were all looking the other way as the world slipped into irreversible global warming and the vital natural …

An area to tread carefully – for editors and funders alike

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2011 For Subscribers

Guest editors invariably bring a huge amount to each Alliance special feature – specialist knowledge, experience, contacts. I find it hard to imagine producing an issue of Alliance without one. In the case of the …

Undermining the foundations of non-accountability?

Caroline Hartnell 1 September 2011 For Subscribers

It’s a truism that foundations lack accountability – unlike (democratic) governments and companies, which are at least in theory accountable to voters and shareholders. The justification for this – in the eyes of the philanthropy …

Lighting up the night

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2011 For Subscribers

Having visited the Indian state of Bihar at the end of March, the experience of driving through the countryside as it gets dark is fresh in my memory. It is beautiful, fertile country – fields …

Covers we didn’t choose …

Caroline Hartnell 1 March 2011 For Subscribers

Searching for a cover photo for an Alliance special feature can be an illuminating experience in itself. When thinking about collaboration, we turned first to the natural world. Ants and bees spring immediately to mind, …

A matter of rights

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2010 For Subscribers

I’m going to admit it, this has been a difficult issue to edit, mainly because most of the articles in the special feature went through several iterations. Why was this? Was it because the contributors …

Pledging for what?

Caroline Hartnell 1 September 2010 For Subscribers

The backdrop to putting this issue of Alliance to bed is the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge, described on the Pledge website as ‘an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to …

Seeking scale

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2010 For Subscribers

I have long admired the work of the Mumbai NGO SPARC, led by the wonderful Sheela Patel. Working with India’s National Federation of Slum Dwellers, and in negotiation with state governments and the World Bank, …

Entering a whole new world

Caroline Hartnell 1 March 2010 For Subscribers

A few days ago (8 February), I read an article in the New York Times by Susan Dominus about the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy. Five years ago, Courtney Martin, a Brooklyn-based writer, was shocked …