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Each year, Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group collects and analyzes data from thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of peace and security funders. We do this for two primary reasons: to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking, and to provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. In 2016 -- the latest year complete data is available -- 326 foundations awarded 2,605 grants, totaling $328 million in support of a more peaceful world.
The Social Change Initiative, Belfast and the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace have released a new resource Funding In Conflict-Affected Environment. Authored by Avila Kilmurray, the resource serves as a guide that addresses the question - how can independent philanthropy fund activities and initiatives in conflict-affected areas in order to promote and support peacebuilding? A core objective of this study is to highlight the positive contribution that independent grantmaking trusts and foundations can make to peacebuilding. Evidence shows that they do make a positive contribution, although many are still wary of working in situations of violent conflict-fearing that interventions can have negative as well as positive consequences. It is with this in mind that the study looks at the importance of conflict sensitivity for independent donors, in addition to detailing how donors can support peacebuilding through different stages of conflict and peace processes.This study is made up of five sections: 1) Understanding the context – do no harm, 2) supporting peacebuilding and positive change 3) crafting the grant portfolio 4) how do we know that we are contributing to 4) positive change? 5) summary notes.It is accompanied by a 16-page summary guide Conflict-Affected Environments: Notes For Grantmakers drawn from the bigger study. The guide presents the nuts and bolts of grantmaking for peacebuilding work: http://www.psjp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Funding-in-Conflict-Summary-Report.pdf
Ten Years of Peacebuilding Work in Conflict Regions: Reflections of Foundations for Peace Network MembersNovember 1, 2016
This short publication, Ten years of Peacebuilding Work in Conflict Regions: Reflections of Foundations for Peace Network Members, is a sister publication to our policy publication Laying the Foundations for Peace: a Policy Contribution 2016, and both will be launched during our conference in the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Philanthropy House, Brussels, in November 2016, to mark our 10th anniversary. A snapshot of the combined experiences and reflections of the members of the FFP (Foundations for Peace) Network is presented in this publication. The member foundations are indigenous to, and proactively working in, societies that have been deeply impacted by violent conflict and communal division. All are deeply committed to the empowerment of local communities to develop sustainable peacebuilding and conflict resolution solutions to local conflict.
This short publication, Laying the Foundations for Peace: a policy contribution 2016, represents some of our thinking on the way forward and is a sister publication to Ten years of Peacebuilding Work in Conflict Regions: Reflections of Foundations for Peace Network Members. Both are presented as materials to promote discussion and exchange at our conference and events in the EFC Philanthropy House, Brussels, in November 2016, to mark our 10th anniversary. Both are drawn from the combined experiences and reflections of the members of the FFP (Foundations for Peace) Network. The member foundations are indigenous to, and proactively working in, societies that have been deeply impacted by violent conflict and communal division. All are deeply committed to the empowerment of local communities to develop sustainable peacebuilding and conflict resolution solutions to local conflict.
There is a body of evidence that consistently shows that positive relationships and kindness are at the very heart of our wellbeing. In this discussion paper Carnegie Associate Zoe Ferguson starts a process to engage directly with people who want to inject kindness back into their work and communities. This discussion paper explores the evidence on the impact of everyday relationships and kindness on individual and societal wellbeing, and community empowerment and develops a theory of change. Over the coming months the project aims to learn with communities and organisations involved in developing practical approaches to encourage kinder communities.
The Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking is a first-of-its-kind research project that showcases the foundations and philanthropists dedicated to building a safer, more peaceful and prosperous global future. These funders are investing in efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict and to rebuild after conflict. From research on stopping nuclear terrorism to citizen journalism in Egypt, peace and security funders are supporting peace, justice, diplomacy, and dialogue in a variety of ways. In 2013, the latest year data is available, 288 foundations supported over 1,200 organizations with more than $283 million spread across nearly 2,000 grants. The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and Foundation Center created the Index to help funders, policymakers, and the general public better understand the peace and security funding landscape. The Index identifies who "peace and security" funders are, what issues they fund (e.g., cybersecurity, preventing genocide and atrocities, climate security), where they focus (i.e., specific regions or countries), and how they make an impact (e.g., through public education efforts, journalism, research).
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.
The 2015 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking analyzes $1.8 billion granted by 774 foundations in support of nearly 11,000 organizations worldwide. Among a consistent subset of human rights funders, giving increased 6 percent between 2011 and 2012, the latest year for which data are available. The third in an annual series produced jointly by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), this report is part of an ongoing effort to advance knowledge and facilitate strategic decision making in the field of human rights philanthropy. Advancing Human Rights explores grantmaking by issue, population, and regional focus. Among the areas of human rights activity it analyzes -- such as access to justice and equality before the law, sexual and reproductive rights, and environmental and resource rights -- the area that benefited from the largest share of funding in 2012 (24 percent) was equality rights and freedom from discrimination. By population, women and girls were a stated focus of 26 percent of funding, followed by children and youth (21 percent) and migrants and refugees (11 percent).
Glimpses into the amazing work being done by our colleagues in civil society to address some of the most urgent global issues. From humanitarian response to long-term peacebuilding, civil society is often at the frontline of the world's challenges. The report is also full of worries, especially when it comes to the political space in which civil society operates and vital resourcing for its activities.This year's report is aimed not just at mapping the nature of the challenges in these two areas but also acts as a guide for our members -- and others -- to come up with their own responses. You will see there are actionable recommendations after each section.
This Global status report on violence prevention 2014 takes stock of how governments are making a difference, by assessing the measures countries are taking to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence. The report -- the first of its kind -- finds that considerable violence prevention activity is underway around the world. For instance, on average, each of the prevention programmes surveyed was reported to be implemented in about a third of countries; each of the services to protect and support victims surveyed was reported to be in place in just over half of countries; and some 80% of countries were found to have enacted each of the prevention laws surveyed.But importantly the report also reveals gaps in global violence prevention that must be filled: gaps in knowledge about the extent of the problem; in the quality and reach of prevention programmes; in access to services for victims; in the enforcement of existing laws; and in mechanisms to coordinate multisectoral work.
In 2014, the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) hosted three panel discussions that brought together funders and practitioners to discuss how funders can more effectively contribute to conflict prevention, conflict mitigation, and peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict settings. Borne from a collective interest in identifying practical tools for positive funder engagement in light of continued conflicts around the world, including Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and the Central African Republic, the panel discussions aimed to spark dialogue and draw out lessons learned.This white paper reviews the key takeaways and recommends next steps for advancing the conversation to further improve the efficacy of funders working in these challenging conflict and post-conflict settings. Next steps include forming the Conflict and Atrocities Prevention Working Group; including multi-lateral donors in these conversations; hosting a series of off-the-record dialogues on failure; and exploring a workshop to offer best practices for new funders in this space.In addition to the whitepaper described above, this document also includes a chart comparing discussions among funders, and tips for funders working in conflict and post-conflict settings.
Social Cohesion Radar: Measuring Common Ground - An International Comparison of International CohesionJanuary 1, 2013
Social cohesion has been described as "a sense of community", and "how people live and work together". It's generally recognized that strong social cohesion makes for a more successful society and that individuals living in a socially cohesive society benefit from the advantages conferred by such a society. The Social Cohesion Radar looks at trends over the past quarter of a century in social cohesion in 34 different countries. With the help of this ambitious tool, we can see which societies have been able to bring people together even during hard times, and in which societies cohesion has declined.This study measures cohesion and we offer a transparent summary of our findings. There are many different ways of achieving cohesion and that every country has its strengths and weaknesses. A comparison of countries at different points in time tells us about the factors that affect cohesion, either negatively or positively. The researchers have completed an international comparison of the factors affecting social cohesion and studied the effects on society of a high level of social cohesion.
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