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Can community engagement stimulate the creative economy and lift people out of poverty?

2 Abeer Al Fouti 28 January 2021

Today is Global Community Engagement day, a day when we shine a light on the power of individuals and organisations engaging with their community, working collaboratively to improve the health and well-being of society. Over …

Three in five wealthy Gulf families will shift to responsible investing

Alliance magazine 4 January 2021

Wealthy Gulf family groups, led by their younger members, are increasingly being coaxed toward more sustainable investing, found survey by Savanta published in a report from Barclays Private Bank. Fifty-nine per cent, or almost three …

The pandemic and its shadow: lessons in standing with women’s rights organisations

1 Bethan Cansfield and Chiara de Luca 3 January 2021

As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, a shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls is emerging around the world. Like many organisations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust’s grantees are sounding the alarm about …

Governments cannot squander lessons of Covid-19 in working with civil society

Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde 23 December 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed many flaws in government policies and relationships around the world, from the underfunding of health services to public mistrust of official advice. But in our sector, one of the most …

Virtual Summit on Impact: leadership styles matter for grantmakers and grantees

Hal Plotkin 21 December 2020

How can grantmakers be sure the programs they fund have the maximum possible impact? For grantmakers, the most critical factors are agile, flexible, learning-oriented leadership. Grantees, on the other hand, say they can be most …

The role of art and academia in inspiring global tolerance

HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud 16 November 2020

Today marks the International Day of Tolerance. It is a day that serves to remind us that we are all equally deserving of respect and acceptance, and that nurturing an appreciation of the differences between …

Alwaleed Philanthropies, Human Rights Commission cooperate to protect human rights

Alliance magazine 12 September 2020

Alwaleed Philanthropies have joined the Saudi Human Rights Commission to sign a memorandum of cooperation that will aim to strength the protection of human rights for women and youth in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was …

Can philanthropy disrupt the precarity of work in civil society?

Noha El-Mikawy 9 September 2020

Civil society workers collect and communicate needed evidence on social, economic and cultural rights, provide innovative services to vulnerable communities, and advocate for policies that disrupt inequality and injustice. While all of those civil society …

As deadly heatwaves sweep the world, philanthropy can create a cool future

Harriet Lamb 24 August 2020

This summer has brought ferocious heatwaves from India to Siberia and the U.S. Lethal temperatures are no surprise – heatwaves are now more common, more intense and longer-lasting, with 2020 likely to be the hottest year …

World Humanitarian Day: Celebrating sustainable humanitarian action

Safia Alattas 19 August 2020

On this day in 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalised the first World Humanitarian day. The day was designated in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, a UN humanitarian who died, along with 22 …