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Over 150 funders condemn American political violence in open letter

Alliance magazine 12 January 2021

Following the political violence in the United States Capitol building, over 150 philanthropic foundations and institutions have signed a statement condemning the rioting and calling on leader to protect democracy and ‘get back to the …


We must develop talent and leadership to meet the challenges of the post-Covid world

Denis Mizne 9 January 2021

Despite our teachers going above and beyond the call of duty to keep the world’s children learning, the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the deep educational inequalities that exist across the world during 2020. According …


The next crisis: nonprofit leadership exodus

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 1 January 2021

Nonprofit leaders are exhausted. Many were planning to leave even before 2020 happened. There were the white boomers trying to retire, the young leaders of colour trying to navigate cultures not ready to put them in …

Reaching youth with sexual health information in rural Zambia demands innovation

Mavis Banda 29 December 2020

Kalumba, 19, lives with his grandmother in a remote rural community on Mbabala island on Bangweulu, Zambia’s largest lake. He lost his parents at a young age. The island, located in Samfya district, is home …

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 …

Taking to the streets: How will social movements change human rights advocacy?

Regan Ralph 10 December 2020

This year, the power of people has been on display in streets and squares around the world – from Minsk and Lagos to Minneapolis and Bangkok. Frustrated and fed-up, hundreds of thousands of people have …

Dr Tedros: There is great potential and need for philanthropy to partner with the global health field

Charles Keidan and Elika Roohi 1 December 2020

Alliance magazine exclusive – In a wide ranging and poignant interview, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on philanthropic foundations to advocate for increased investment in public health, …

Foundations should answer Dr Tedros’s call

Charles Keidan 1 December 2020

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, uses this issue of Alliance magazine to urge foundations to take action in response to the challenges of our times. In his poignant dialogue with …

The objectivity paradox

Jacob Harold 30 November 2020

In an era of fake news, filter bubbles, and sock puppets one could be forgiven for doubting the idea of a shared reality. But we live on a planet made of actual, physical matter. There …

Civil society fights back as smears and vilification intensify

Andrew Firmin and Ines Pousadela 27 November 2020

The pattern is now clear. In country after country, those who seek to limit rights attack civil society. Alongside tactics such as censorship and misuse of the criminal justice system, a weapon in growing favour …