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Human rights and environment issues are closely linked

Angela Seay 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

The excellent special feature on Human Rights Philanthropy (Alliance, September 2019) began a nuanced discussion on the role of philanthropy in the frameworks for economic, social and cultural rights, in addition to political and civil …


Community at the heart of human rights

Ed Rekosh 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

I read the latest Alliance issue on human rights philanthropy (June 2019) with great interest. In their lead article, the guest editors make the point that a key role for philanthropy is to ‘keep the …


Israel-Palestine: the issue is apartheid not peace

Robert Wintemute 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

I enjoyed the spotlight on Israel-Palestine in the recent ‘peace philanthropy’ issue (Alliance, June 2019). However, the references to a peace process are misconceived. The primary issue in the Israel-Palestine context is the struggle for equal rights, to end racial …

Giving peace a chance can pay rich rewards

Avila Kilmurray 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

‘What’s peace got to do with philanthropy?’ A stupid question you may mutter. Of course, peaceful and stable societies are the foundation stone for the vast majority of philanthropic endeavours as Cath Thompson of the …

Philanthropy must say no to ‘no-go’ zones

Krystian Seibert 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

I read Charles Keidan’s editorial (Alliance, June 2019) with great interest. As his visit to Gaza occurred only a few months after the end of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead and given Hamas’ stance in relation …

Prospect of failure is a risk worth taking

Dylan Mathews 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Congratulations to Alliance for holding a very thought-provoking Breakfast Club meeting to discuss its latest issue on peace philanthropy. I was struck by a number of recurring themes which I would encourage Alliance readers and, …

Systems change must come in from the margins

Katie Boswell 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I enjoyed Julian Corner’s lead article on systems change and philanthropy (Alliance, March 2019). It’s great to see a funder engaging with their place in the system and calling out the paradoxes in ‘seeking to …

Constructive critiques are to be embraced

David Bonbright 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I applaud the focus on Rob Reich’s structural critique of philanthropy in your last issue (Alliance, March 2019). Your editorial also mentions another high profile recent critique –Anand Giridharadas’s Winners Take All, which was reviewed …

Should philanthropy rock the boat? Not so fast!

Philo Alto 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I generally agree with Julian Corner’s article on the relationship between systems change and philanthropy  (Alliance, March 2019). Philanthropy is indeed in a unique position to support changing the system by virtue of its independence, …

The bigger picture lying behind royal philanthropy

Chandrika Sahai 5 March 2019

I appreciate Alliance focusing on the philanthropy of royal families around the world (December 2018) because in order for philanthropy to be effective and accountable, it does need to be scrutinised. Several articles in the issue ask …