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Latin American impact experts: ‘Friends make better investment partners’

Claudia Cahalane 21 February 2024

Human connection and empathy is the way to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), say Latin American social investment experts, ahead of next week’s impact investment event FLII Connect 2024 in Mexico. The 14th convention …


African public health gains traction with launch of several institutions  

Shafi Musaddique 15 January 2024

The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation is set to formally begin work this January, in what is shaping is up to be a year of new institutions and philanthropic endeavours tackling public health across the continent. …


Born an Optimist

Social Investor Magazine 1 January 2024

In this exclusive interview, comedian Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, makes the case for rooting out corruption and paying his opportunities forward by investing in education. You grew up in apartheid South Africa — a system …

COP28: World’s largest private climate investment vehicle is launched by UAE

Claudia Cahalane 21 December 2023

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the world’s largest private climate investment vehicle ($30 billion USD) with the aim of drawing in a further $250 billion to slow climate change. The fund, named Alterra, …

2023 Ghana philanthropy conference pushes for wider social change 

Shafi Musaddique 19 December 2023

The 2023 Ghana philanthropy conference in Accra called for the inclusion of a framework to help promote philanthropy’s role in sustainable development within the West African nation.   The two-day conference, taking place between November 21-22, …

Five lessons from Colombia’s family-led philanthropy  

Mariana Castro 13 December 2023

In a country with numerous unmet basic needs and limited government presence in many areas, philanthropy has played an indispensable role. Although the financial resources of philanthropy pale in comparison to those of the government, …

LGBTQI issues chronically underfunded despite UK government pledge 

Shafi Musaddique 12 December 2023

LGBTQI issues face chronically underfunding from both government and wider philanthropic institutions with ‘very few in the philanthropy sector [are] aware of how underfunded the LGBTQI movement is’.  That’s according to new research commissioned by …

Suzanne Biegel endowment fund makes first investments to tackle gender inequality and climate crisis

Samantha Anderson 11 December 2023

Heading for Change, the $3.5 million climate endowment set up by the late gender-smart investing pioneer Suzanne Biegel, has made its first five investments. Investees include AiiM, a woman of colour-owned climate technology fund with …

Collective giving offers solutions for strengthening democracy: A case study from Australia 

Harriet McCallum 7 December 2023

In a time of escalating threats to our democracy and deepening economic inequality, advocates fighting tirelessly to change the systems that drive these issues need the backing of bold and forward-thinking funders working in more …

No one left behind: How philanthropy can support 65 million energy workers

Jason Anderson and Sahba Chauhan 5 December 2023

As the world transitions to renewable energy, the landscape is changing fast for the 65 million people who work in fossil fuels and the communities relying on them for income. The millions of workers in …