June 2019

Peace building

Volume 24 , Number 2

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Peace building

Volume 24 , Number 2

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Peace building

Welcome to the June 2019 issue of Alliance.

Peace-related philanthropy, at less than 1 per cent of all grantmaking, seems irresponsibly small given that armed conflict has spoils lives, divides societies and ruins economies.

This issue of Alliance goes in search of philanthropy’s role in peaceful development. Guest edited by a new generation of philanthropy practitioners, Lauren Bradford (Candid), Rasha Sansur (Dalia Association) and Hope Lyons (Rockefeller Brothers Fund) share their hopes for the future and discuss ways to open up the field to new voices and partners.

The issue also highlights findings from a landmark survey of peace philanthropy. It discusses whether the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals can give new impetus to peace-building, the role of community philanthropy in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Palestine, and the need to re-think existing peace and security paradigms.

Elsewhere, we talk to Lavinia Jacobs, Chair of the Swiss based Jacobs Foundation, about trying to change the status quo in early years education in Switzerland and the Ivory Coast. And our round-up from around the world of philanthropy includes news of a signficant increases in Chinese giving.

Special feature

In search of peaceful development

4 June 2019
Lauren Bradford, Hope Lyons and Rasha Sansur

Working in the field of peace and conflict resolution involves a particular set of demands. Funders need to be aware and willing to meet them Lebanon, Syria, Rwanda, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Vietnam, Kashmir – this is only a short list of the more recent conflicts that have dogged our collective history, yet, as many contributors to this special feature point out, peace-related grantmaking, at less than one per cent of all grantmaking, seems irresponsibly …

 
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Editorial

Peace philanthropy has failed the people of Gaza

A decade ago, I visited the Gaza Strip. It was a few months after the end of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military attempt to contain the Palestinian group Hamas. Few private foundations had travelled to Gaza since Hamas assumed control of the territory a few years earlier. Being Jewish and directing a British foundation with strong ties to Israel made the trip almost unprecedented. But I wanted to see the situation in all its complexity and meet some of the people affected by the conflict. Thanks to one of our grantees at the time, I was able to do that. …

Letters

Systems change must come in from the margins

Katie Boswell For Subscribers

I enjoyed Julian Corner’s lead article on systems change and philanthropy (Alliance, March 2019). It’s great to see a funder …

Constructive critiques are to be embraced

David Bonbright For Subscribers

I applaud the focus on Rob Reich’s structural critique of philanthropy in your last issue (Alliance, March 2019). Your editorial …

Should philanthropy rock the boat? Not so fast!

Philo Alto For Subscribers

I generally agree with Julian Corner’s article on the relationship between systems change and philanthropy  (Alliance, March 2019). Philanthropy is …