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Buen vivir as a pathway to durable peace and a healthy planet

Katherine Zavala 2 June 2019

An Indigenous idea helps redefine how we care for each other and Mother Earth. ‘Everyone can conjure up what ‘buen vivir’ means to them. An equilibrium between humanity and environment is something everyone can work …


The looming threat of authoritarianism in Latin America: reflections from #LeadingTogether2019

Marco A. Blanco 7 May 2019

To inaugurate the Leading Together Conference, Council on Foundations hosted the Global Philanthropy Dinner on Sunday 29 May, which featured a timely discussion on the looming threat of authoritarianism in Latin America. A few days …


Status quo is not an option: creating the networks we need for the 21st century

James Magowan 4 May 2019

The status quo is not an option. Philanthropy Support Organisations (foundation member associations, networks, and advisory services) will have to adapt their form and function – even ‘re-invent themselves’ if they are to remain relevant …

A space for change: EDGE annual conference 2019

Martin Modlinger 15 April 2019

Change sometimes comes in familiar terms. When at the EDGE conference 2019 in Brazil, the discussion came to accountability and reporting, on progress towards goals and on useful indicators, this was not at all surprising …

What does embodied systemic change look like?

2 Michael Kourabas 15 April 2019

On April 10, after three days together in Brazil discussing systemic crises and their alternatives (at a ‘Systemic Alternatives Symposium’), movement leaders from around the world gathered with funders for a movement-funder ‘encontro.’ The encontro, …

Women are leading a new wave of philanthropy across Latin America

Florencia Roitstein 8 March 2019

We’re in a very critical moment in our region’s history. Women feel, more than ever before, motivated to share their stories about the role of philanthropy in activism, which has been difficult to talk about. …

Bernard van Leer study on Nicaragua’s formation of progressive childhood learning policies

Alliance magazine 5 March 2019

Over the past 50 years, The Bernard van Leer Foundation has invested over half a billion dollars to benefit early childhood development around the world. Through partnerships, the Foundation has played a pivotal role in …

Complex rhythms in Latin America

Guayana Paez-Acosta 5 March 2019

Achieving systems change is a dynamic, continuous, and sometimes chaotic process in which co-creation is key to a successful outcome Systems change philanthropy demands from philanthropists different ways of thinking, of working and of assessing …

Moving with movements

Solomé Lemma 5 March 2019

How should funders understand and respond to the forces that create systems change? Amidst Guatemala’s civil war, a small group of women in Santiago Sacatepéquez came together in 1988 to address chronic malnutrition and the …

Bernard van Leer study discusses reducing violence in El Salvador at its root

Alliance magazine 4 March 2019

Over the past 50 years, The Bernard van Leer Foundation has invested over half a billion dollars to benefit early childhood development around the world. Through partnerships, the Foundation has played a pivotal role in …