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Opinions - 8 May 2018

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

This post first appeared on the Global Fund for Community Foundations website The philanthropic and development sectors have much in common, an ever-expending Jargon, genuine concern…
Laura Señán Cagiao
Opinions - 16 April 2018

The role of foundations in the implementation of the World Urban Forum’s New Urban Agenda

When it comes to urban development, there is a clear proponent in the ranks: Latin America, which continues to be the most urbanised region in the world. Although this is…
Catriona Gourlay
Opinions - 6 April 2018

PeaceNexus: supporting organisational change

As the European Foundation Centre’s newest member, we are grateful for this opportunity to introduce ourselves.  Please consider this Spotlight as an invitation to reach out to us. Who we are, what…
Tine Wickers
Opinions - 20 March 2018

The coast is clear … and my office is here! Outreach and advice on the beach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXLHj3ZIoEs   This year Nordea-fonden, a Danish philanthropic foundation, decided to earmark 6.7 million euro to support activities along the Danish coastline. Here’s a brief description of…
Pierre Calame
Opinions - 21 February 2018

A missed opportunity to rebuild Europe on new foundations through a citizen foundational process

“Our societies, while deploring the crisis in representative democracy, are still finding it difficult to devise true citizen debating processes and even more difficult to admit that the revival of…
Opinions - 20 February 2018

Be careful what you wish for

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan   The adage…
Nick McGrath
Opinions - 6 February 2018

Inspiring young people and creating hope for the future in Northern Kenya

“If I hadn’t joined a youth group, I myself may have joined al-Shabaab,” explained Noor Dahir, the charismatic Director of a Lamu Island-based youth group Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative. Lamu Island, known for…
Paul Costello
Opinions - 5 February 2018

Cross-sector Partnerships Pursuing Transformative Change in Transatlantic Cities

Since 2008, over half of the global population lives in cities. In Europe and North America this number is closer to 80 percent. If we look at economic activity from…
Jenny Hodgson
Opinions - 5 December 2017

It’s time for human rights organisations to harness the power of local giving – and for funders to support them to do so

Individual giving has power. Consider the huge outpouring of donations to organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union that followed Donald Trump’s executive ban on seven Muslim-majority countries in…
Eric Gutierrez
Opinions - 15 November 2017

When summer did not follow the spring

Over a few months in 2012, a question came up among Christian Aid’s staff in Africa reflecting on the impact of the ‘Arab Springs’: Will a summer or a winter follow…
Opinions - 24 October 2017

Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society?

This post originally appeared on the Webb Memorial Trust website The title of this book, Rethinking Poverty – What makes a good society?,…
Debbie Pippard
Opinions - 24 October 2017

Civil Society under threat: why protecting and growing civil society globally is vital

This post originally appeared on the Barrow Cadbury Trust website The Barrow Cadbury Trust was set up by husband and wife, Barrow and Geraldine…
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