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Assets, Capacity, Trust: Role of Community Foundations in Development of Local Philanthropy

February 1, 2021

The concept of community philanthropy continues to take shape across countries. Researchers and civil society development institutions in many countries are concerned with the same questions: what role community philanthropy plays in local development, what ideas and resources are invested in it, and how it can be measured and evaluated.We asked ourselves the same questions within the Program for Support of Community Philanthropy implemented by CAF Russia. Together with community foundations involved in the program we started to look for solutions. New research presented in this report demonstrates the use of ACT (Assets-Capacity-Trust) framework to find answers to these questions. This report highlights what we found important, what were the results and the impact of the work.

Community Philanthropy; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Learning Through Play: Increasing impact, Reducing inequality

January 1, 2021

What is the potential of children's play to promote equality in outcomes and address learning gaps between children from more advantaged and less advantaged backgrounds? Drawing evidence from early childhood learning programmes across 18 countries, as well as from interviews with the authors of various contributing studies, this report aims to understand whether and how the evidence about play and learning relates to tackling the learning crisis, especially in terms of inequality in learning outcomes around the globe.This report published by the LEGO Foundation shows that play not only helps children learn, it also supports inclusion, and reduces inequality, therefore demonstrating that policymakers and international organisations need to pay close attention to play. Building on their findings, the authors suggest four areas for future investment, innovation and investigation.

Education; Evaluation and Learning; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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

Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs

October 7, 2019

This report released by Siemens Stiftung shines a spotlight on imperative solutions for social development's biggest hurdle: financing. The report is the result of an international expert round table which took place in Cairo in conjunction with the 2019 empowering people. Award ceremony on July 11. Involved in the round table were social entrepreneurs from around the globe, leading experts from the fields of social finance, development politics, philanthropy, and technologies for development. Based on their fresh perspectives and expertise, promising solutions and ideas came from these discussions, including two recurrent themes having potential to impact social entrepreneurs: partially-automated data generation systems and matchmaking by pooling different sources of capital.

Socio-economic Development, Poverty; Venture Philanthropy

Open Innovation Platforms for Sustainable Development

April 25, 2019

The 2030 Agenda calls for transformational change and a new approach to supporting development. Open Innovation Platforms represent a departure from traditional, projectbased, "business-as-usual" efforts, recognizing that new approaches to address deep systemic development issues are necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Environment and Sustainable Development; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Switched On : Exploring the Challenge of Adequate Digital Access for All Children and Young People

February 1, 2019

Switched On brings together recent research and evidence about key issues related to digital inclusion, with a particular focus on children and young people. Digital access is complex picture with multiple factors driving, compounding and impacting those who are included or excluded.The report explores a number of features of the digital inclusion debate including analysing the components that comprise appropriate digital access, examines the impacts around a lack of access, maps exclusion factors in the UK and outlines the current policy and practice landscape, including successful interventions.

Children and Youth; Employment and Labour; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Private Philanthropy For Development

March 1, 2018

This report calls into question assumptions about the volume, nature and potential of foundations' engagement in developing countries, and the role they can play to support the SDGs. It presents ground-breaking data and analysis that capture previously non-existent global and comparable quantitative and qualitative data on how foundations support development.The report examines philanthropic resource flows for development purposes, as well as foundations' priorities, practices and partnering behaviours. It presents fresh perspectives and action-oriented recommendations to optimise philanthropy's role in support of sustainable development.It also offers practical insights for government policy makers and decision makers in civil society organisations, social enterprises and foundations. It results from close co-operation between the OECD Development Centre's Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) and the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity

September 18, 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving. It recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities. These include:-The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy-The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships-The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and-The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Laying The Groundwork For Growing Giving : A 2017 Update to 'Unleashing the Potential of Global Philanthropy'

August 1, 2017

Civil society finds itself at an inflection point. The next decade will see billions of people elevated from poverty and the creation of a vast new population of aspirant middle class people in emerging economies in the Global South. If the right conditions are in place, these people could become the driving force behind a global upswing in the fortunes of civil society, helping it to address some of the most pressing issues of our age. This report details the enormous potential of that engagement and finds that by 2030, were the world's middle classes to dedicate just 0.5% of their spending to charitable causes it would amount to an astonishing $319 billion per year for much needed causes. However, it also identifies a number of barriers that need to be overcome if we are not to waste this one-off opportunity. Finally, this report makes a series of recommendations for how this can be achieved.

Giving and Volunteering; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

What Next For Social Digital Innovation? Realising the Potential of People and Technology to Tackle Social Challenges

May 1, 2017

This report, and accompanying guide, produced as part of the DSI4EU project, maps the projects and organisations using technology to tackle social challenges across Europe, and explores the barriers to the growth of digital social innovation.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Science and Technology; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

April 3, 2017

This guide is primarily for evaluators working in the international development sector. However, if you are a commissioner of an evaluation, an evaluation manager or a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer, you too will find it useful.Too often evaluations are shelved, with very little being done to bring about change within organisations that requested the evaluation in the first place. This guide will explain how you can make your evaluations more useful. It will help you to better understand some conceptual issues and appreciate how evaluations can contribute to changing mindsets and empowering stakeholders. On a practical level, the guide presents core guiding principles and pointers on how to design and facilitate evaluations that matter. Furthermore, it shows you how you can get your primary intended users and other key stakeholders to contribute effectively to the evaluation process.

Evaluation and Learning; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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

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