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Supporting Civic Engagement in Times of War in Ukraine : Practical Insights

March 1, 2023

Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, foundations continue to support various actions in the civic space of the country. Grantmaking foundations are continuously looking for on-the-ground information, which can be difficult to garner in times of war, to help inform their grantmaking decisions.What data do funders rely on to support their interventions? Which areas require the highest amount of support? Where does Ukrainian civil society require the most assistance?This "practical insights" paper aims to shed light on these areas by highlighting various studies that have looked into these questions. The insights outlined aim to answer a set of questions, with the overarching aim of demonstrating to funders the intrinsic value of utilising research and data to help form interventions in Ukraine during this extremely challenging period for the country, but also for the international community. The paper is based on presentations and studies that were presented at the ninth "Philanthropy for Ukraine" online event organised on 21 October 2022 by Philea.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Knowledge and Data Management; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Peace and Conflict

The Ukraine crisis and diverted aid: What we know so far

September 20, 2022

As the attention of aid-giving countries has largely been absorbed by the events unfolding in Europe, there have been concerns that other crises are not getting the attention or funding they need. Obtaining an accurate picture is difficult, in part because many aid providers have stopped publishing real-time information on official development assistance (ODA) to Ukraine. This is unfortunate. While there are legitimate concerns about confidentiality, in times of crises it is even more important to have an accurate picture of what flows are available. In addition, while countries have pledged large amounts of support to Ukraine, few have been explicit about whether this will be additional or come at the expense of other causes.This factsheet explores what we can so far say about the impact that the Ukraine crisis is having on ODA to other priorities by piecing together what we know from near-real-time aid data for all other countries, donor announcements and funding for humanitarian appeals.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Designing Ukraine’s Recovery in the Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Principles, Architecture, Financing, Accountability - Recommendations for Donor Countries

September 7, 2022

US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, speaking at Harvard University 75 years ago, laid out a plan that combined aid to war-ravaged European countries with the strategic goal of building an alliance against Soviet expansionism.West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, speaking at Harvard University 50 years ago, presented the idea of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) as a gift to the American people, a sign of gratitude by the German people and a living memorial to the original Marshall Plan.Today, the idea of another Marshall Plan is in the air. For the first time since 1947, a project for an expansive recovery effort on the European continent is needed and realistic. Russian President Vladimir Putin's war of aggression against Ukraine, with daily widespread devastation in the name of his neo-imperial plan, cries out for a strong, creative response by the global community of democracies. The vision of a free and democratic, modernized and European Ukraine is the answer to Putin's challenge.For decades, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) has supported the idea of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. It has supported the strengthening of civil society across Central and Eastern Europe. It has helped to generate and circulate ideas that honor the concept of enlightened self-interest and promote a collaborative, rules-based international order. At the core of GMF's work has always been the belief that the transatlantic community is stronger together.In July 2022, at an international conference in Lugano, Ukraine presented its National Recovery Plan. So far, its democratic partners have not responded in kind by agreeing on a plan to help the country rebuild after the war, leaving a void.This paper is an effort by GMF to help fill this void and to stimulate the debate about a meaningful Western plan for Ukraine's recovery. It is not a full blueprint for such an effort but a structured collection of recommendations for donor governments and international institutions. It limits itself to the challenges of designing and implementing such a plan and does not comment on Ukraine's National Recovery Plan. GMF hopes to follow this up with a broader, more comprehensive publication later in 2022 that will cover areas that this paper only touches upon, such as the role of civil society in the recovery process.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Peace and Conflict

Charity in Times of War: a quantitative study

August 11, 2022

Zagoriy Foundation and the Ukrainian Center for Public Opinion Research «Sotsioinform» conducted a quantitative study «Charity in times of war» in June 2022 to track changes in Ukrainian philanthropy over the past year.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining two years of giving

May 25, 2022

Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released a new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining giving in 2021, that details COVID-19-related philanthropic funding in 2021. Candid and CDP's third assessment of COVID-19 philanthropic data emphasizes that it will take decades for many communities to recover from the compounding effects of the pandemic. It highlights the role funders will play in long-term recovery from the pandemic, and CDP provides actionable steps funders can take to invigorate their COVID-19 giving strategy.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Health; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; International Affairs, Global Challenges

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

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2020: Data to Drive Decisions

November 12, 2020

Each year, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid analyze global disaster-related funding from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, U.S. government agencies, corporations, and donations 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 life cycle. 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

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 Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees Güler Sabancı, 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

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

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

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