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Why Shrinking Civil Society Space Matters in International Development and Humanitarian Action

November 1, 2017

Closing civil society space is a growing trend, impacting civic actors in countries throughout the world. This paper examines how the trend effects development funders and actors, and how they are responding. Questions explored include: what are funders doing to engage around re-opening space for civil society? How are they adapting? What are the impacts of the development community's approach to civil society as a whole? The European Foundation Centre and the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society have come together to develop better insight into these questions and to increase awareness of the threats to civil society.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Impact of Covid-19 and Zagreb Earthquake on CSOs in Contemporary Culture and Arts

January 1, 2021

The Kultura Nova Foundation joined the efforts of many European and international organisations, institutions and supranational bodies in collecting data on the vulnerability and resilience of culture, and in May 2020 it initiated longitudinal research on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Zagreb earthquake of March 22, 2020 on civil society organisations working in contemporary culture and arts. The key motivation for this research, apart from the obvious need to empirically identify the effects of the global crisis and the earthquake on the culture and arts sector, is the need to study these effects from different perspectives.

Arts and Culture; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Gender Equality: Problems and Solutions : Meeting Final Report

June 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the current social problems and intensified inequalities, having destructive effects in terms of women's rights and gender equality. This meeting report reflects exchanges between 29 organizations working in the field of gender equality, in order to share the concerns about women  and girls.In the first part of the meeting which started with the opening speech of the Chair of Sabanc─▒ Foundation Board of Trustees Güler Sabanc─▒, field observations and foresights about the pandemic's effects in  terms of gender equality in the world and Turkey were shared. In the second part of the meeting, solution and suggestions for collaborations were discussed in three break-out sessions: "Violence", "Economy,  Employment, Entrepreneurship" and "Gender Equality, Education, Participation". 

Gender and Women; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy, 2018

November 8, 2018

Every year, disasters and humanitarian crises affect millions of people globally. This report analyzes disaster-related funding in 2016 from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, the U.S. federal government, corporations, and smaller donors who gave through donor-advised funds and online platforms.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2017: Data to Drive Decisions

October 12, 2017

Each year, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Foundation Center analyze global disaster-related funding from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), corporations, and smaller donors who give through donor advised funds and online platforms. We analyze this funding according to a taxonomy that classifies giving by type of disaster and disaster assistance strategy.Philanthropic funding for disasters and humanitarian crises is situated within a large ecosystem of global aid. While assistance from governments far surpasses funding from foundations, institutional philanthropy still plays an important role. For example, foundations can choose to fill funding gaps and support underfunded areas of the disaster lifecycle. Support for disaster risk reduction and preparedness can mitigate the impact of disasters, and many communities need sustained funding for the long road to recovery. We hope this analysis will aid donors in considering how to maximize the impact of their disaster-related giving.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Roles for Philanthropy in the Humanitarian Sector: Memo

August 1, 2017

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation commissioned Dalberg Global Development Advisors to provide a high level overview of the humanitarian landscape as it stands in early 2017 and outline potential roles through which philanthropies can contribute to the sector.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Better together? A Study on Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance

February 1, 2017

Based on a survey among philanthropic foundations (N=55) from all continents, this study sheds light on the relationship between foundations and official development assistance (ODA), on strategies, size and intervention principles used by these foundations and identifies barriers and common ground for building mutually empowering relationships.Results show that foundations tend to focus on vulnerable groups (women, youngsters) in the poorest regions of the world. Most support takes the form of pro-actively searching for local partners in the global South to make grants aimed towards education, health, economic and community development. However, it should be noted that a significant percentage of the budget for charitable support is spent in the country that is home to the foundations.Experience in collaborating is mostly positive, perceived benefits outweigh the downsides and this perception becomes stronger as collaboration increases. Improved scalability is the most important benefit, increased bureaucracy and loss of flexibility most cited as perceived downside. Perceived gaps in collaborations are mutual agreement on expectations and accountability, degree of commitment to the partnership, communication, and the alignment of strategy, mission, and values. Ways to improve collaboration could be to match tasks with structures, and to focus on alignment of culture and values.A suggested typology, in which foundations were classified by their founders, motives and historical background, can be used for developing relationships with foundations.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2016: Data to Drive Decisions

November 14, 2016

This is the third edition of the annual publication Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions. This report analyzes funding for disasters and humanitarian crises in 2014, the most recent year for which comprehensive data are available. The report examines funding from U.S. foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, corporations, and smaller donors who give through online platforms.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

The World Humanitarian Summit: A Pivot Point in Philanthropy's Contribution to Addressing Humanitarian Crises

May 10, 2016

This paper calls on the philanthropic community to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016 to make important changes in the way it contributes its share of the global response to humanitarian crises. In Section 1, the paper looks at the challenges shared by all who contribute, including the philanthropy sector. Section 2 discusses philanthropy's current contributions and potential, including some of its shortcomings. Section 3 examines how the Summit is setting the stage for change -- change for which philanthropy can be a greater part. Section 4 concludes the paper with a set of actionable recommendations for how philanthropy's contribution to humanitarian crises can be greatly improved.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

The Importance of Addressing Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Challenges in Humanitarian Response

April 29, 2016

This title is sourced from the IDS Knowledge Services Open API - paper was published to inform the round table talks on "the importance of housing, land and property (HLP) rights in humanitarian response" held in Geneva.The NRC and IFRC are the global focal point agencies within the HLP Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster, a collaboration between NGOs, UN agencies, and academic institutions. The statement of the Global Protection Cluster provides the basis for this paper to develop a deeper understanding of how a human rights framework, specifically the right to adequate housing, can inform responses to disasters and conflict and promote protection within humanitarian operations. This paper aims to present that HLP rights is a cross-sectoral issue, and although this manifestation is acknowledged by some, it still represents a barrier to operations.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies: IFRC's MHM Kit

February 1, 2016

ALNAP and ELRHA will be looking at 15 different examples of humanitarian innovation funded by ELRHA's Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) grants. Each case study will explore the dynamics of successful innovation processes, culminating in a unique and in-depth study on innovation in humanitarian action.This case study explores IFRC's innovation process in developing and testing a comprehensive relief item to meet more effectively and appropriately the menstrual hygiene needs of women and girls in emergencies.

Gender and Women; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Struggling to Survive: Slavery and Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

January 1, 2016

The report sets out a pathway to deliver tangible and lasting change. It examines the different ways in which slavery is occurring among Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the multiple factors that combine to force people into situations of slavery. Addressing these risk factors will require the commitment of a broad range of stakeholders, including the Lebanese government, international governments, international organisations, NGOs and donors.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Peace and Conflict

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