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The strange case of dignity

Barry Knight 23 October 2018

We need to build the capacity of actors on the ground to deliver an empowering strategy for users and beneficiaries, while satisfying the needs of multiple stakeholders, so that we can deliver our sustainable goals in accord …


Income for development sector grows 59 per cent in ten years

Alliance magazine 8 October 2018

A report launched today by Bond, has found that overall income for 305 of its members grew by 59 per cent in ten years and stood at £3.8 billion at April 2016, compared to the …


Calling time on top-down approach

Eva Rehse 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

Browsing through the June 2018 issue, I was struck by the interview with Scottish philanthropist, Sir Ian Wood. Notwithstanding that his philanthropy undoubtedly has had some positive impact, I was surprised by Wood’s somewhat anachronistic …

World’s first Development Impact Bond to improve quality education in India surpasses targets

Alliance magazine 12 August 2018

The world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) to support the enrolment out-of-school girls and improve quality education in remote, rural and marginalised communities in India exceeded ambitious targets. The DIB achieved 116 per cent of …

Global Impact launch six new regional funds

Alliance magazine 13 July 2018

Global Impact has launched a new suite of regionally focused High Impact Funds to support nonprofits in Africa, Asia‑Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. For its six new funds, Global …

Alliance Breakfast Club: #LiftUpPhilanthropy

Amy McGoldrick 12 June 2018

Alliance magazine travelled outside of London in late May to host a quarterly Breakfast Club in partnership with WINGS at the EFC Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The mission was to illuminate philanthropy’s global infrastructure to …

A journey to community philanthropy in Zambia

Barbara Nost and Tarisai Jangara 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

If the old vessel is foundering, don’t cling to the wreckage – build a new boat In 2011, Zambia was classified as a low-middle-income country, which had many economic and other implications for the country. …

‘The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors: Generating social and environmental value through capital investing’ Edited by Jed Emerson

Philo Alto 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Philo Alto Jed Emerson’s third book provides both a practitioner’s toolkit to impact investing and builds a compelling case for why investors should align their capital with their values and purpose for the …

Foundations have invested $50 billion in the SDGs, but who’s counting?

Arif Ekram and Lauren Bradford 27 May 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the most ambitious — as well as expensive — global development framework in history. The framework sets specific targets in seventeen areas, from ending poverty in all its forms (Goal 1), …

“Déjà vu all over again”: The short attention span and the cyclical obliviousness of the philanthropic and development industries

Gerry Salole 9 May 2018

The philanthropic and development sectors have much in common, an ever-expending Jargon, genuine concern for the people at the bottom of the pyramid, evaluating impact, just to name randomly few of the thousands of similarities. …