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The Growing Momentum Behind Philanthropic Collaboratives in India : Collaborating to accelerate social impact

February 7, 2024

Philanthropic collaboratives gained significant momentum in India during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when diverse NGOs and funders came together to reach vulnerable communities. These collaboratives pursue a shared vision and strategy for achieving social impact, using common resources and agreed-upon governance mechanisms.Building on research conducted in 2020, this new study finds that the number of collaboratives in the country has grown over threefold, with invested capital having grown at least sixfold. This research, which includes a Net Promoter Score survey, indicates that this asset class is likely to grow significantly, however, there are critical areas to keep in mind to succeed. To develop a deeper understanding of factors driving collaborative action, how collaboratives can create disproportionate impact, and the challenges they face, Bridgespan interviewed leadership teams, funders, and key operating partners of major collaboratives and CSR organisations that have invested in collaboratives. The result of this research is encouraging insight into the growing potential of co-operatives and domestic philanthropy as a whole, leading researchers to question how these areas can be better developed and supported.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships

Forgotten by Funders

December 1, 2021

This report highlights the underfunding of work with and for imprisoned and formerly imprisoned women and girls,  alongside a worrying increase in the global female prison population. The report draws from the survey responses of 34 organisations, most of which are based in the Global South and have women with lived experience of the justice system involved with or leading their work. Calling to donors that fund human rights, women's rights and/or access to justice, the report concludes that this heavily gendered area of human rights tends to fall through the cracks of donor strategies, including recent Gender Equality Forum pledges. 

Gender and Women; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Towards A Fair Consumption Space for All

October 1, 2021

This report uses a science-based approach to link concrete changes in lifestyles to measurable impacts on climate change in order to achieve the 1.5-degree aspirational target of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The report also fills the knowledge gap arising from most prevailing climate scenarios that underplay the potential contributions of lifestyle changes to climate change mitigation and focus on developing new technologies as well as on changes in production.A summary for policy makers and individual sections of the report can be dowloaded here: https://hotorcool.org/1-5-degree-lifestyles-report/A recording of the report launch is available here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLncecPWTUt9l_I0hQzg3BpGkkTz-h2uhG

Environment and Sustainable Development; International Affairs, Global Challenges; 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

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

Funding the Future - How the climate crisis intersects with your giving

June 23, 2020

This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Social Aims of Finance: Rediscovering Varieties of Credit in Financial Archives

January 1, 2020

The papers included in this volume are a selection of those presented at a joint eabh and Fondazione 1563 conference in 2018 in Turin, Italy. The conference sought to expand upon research in the field of social responsibility and ethical finance and saw over 150 attendees examine the connections between banking and charity, ethics and profit and explore case studies of financial from across the world.Papers ranged from Italian Monte di Pietà in the Middle Ages to the recent advent of contemporary impact financing, from rural moneylenders in Western India to the mutualism of French agricultural credit, from the Swedish savings banks and the British building societies to the German and Dutch Raiffeisen banks, from Rothschild philanthropy to the public economic and social aspects of the Italian banking system, from the Spanish bank archives to those in Canada and South Africa. Each paper ends with a list of bibliographical references.

Finance and Investment; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

The Rationale for Sponsoring Students to Undertake International Study: An Assessment of National Student Mobility Scholarship Programmes

May 1, 2019

This research, driven in partnership by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), looks at the reasons why some national governments invest in supporting outward mobility scholarship programmes. The study aims to improve our understanding of why governments sponsor these programmes; how they are designed, administered, and funded; who participates and where they study; and what impact the programmes are having.The report contains detailed case studies of 11 countries and their approaches to national outward mobility scholarship programmes, with comparative case study analysis and recommendations for countries looking to establish or develop outward mobility scholarship programmes.

Education

U.S. Foundations, Urban Design, and International Development since 1945

September 21, 2017

This report focuses on research I conducted at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) in March 2017 in support of my current book project, The Urban International: Design and Development from the Marshall Plan to Microfinance. The Urban International is a political, cultural, and intellectual history of the global dissemination of urban design and international development concepts since 1945, with a focus on the role of philanthropic foundations, universities, and international organizations. After World War II, cities around the world were physically transformed by economic concepts and design principles pioneered in the United States and Western Europe. Brasília, Brazil's modernist capital, and Chandigarh, India's first post-independence planned city, are well-known examples of European design concepts transferred to the global South by a transnational class of architects and planners. Most such undertakings, however, were of a more modest scale and often financed by philanthropic and international organizations. By investigating a range of programs sponsored by organizations including the UN, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, The Urban International reconstructs how ideas about the design and management of North Atlantic cities influenced, and were influenced by, development projects in the global South. The study asks how urban planners, architects, consultants, academics, public officials, and grassroots activists circulated ideas about how cities should look, who counted as urban citizens, and who should have access to public space and public resources. Those guiding questions are situated in an examination of the shift from modernization projects to neoliberal development in cities around the world between 1945 and the present. The same people and organizations directed and funded development projects in the global South and urban revitalization projects in North Atlantic cities, and this project aims to demonstrate that their work was one conduit through which neoliberal ideas moved between cities around the world.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Global Civic Activism in Flux

March 17, 2017

Civil society around the world is in flux. New forms of civic activism have taken shape, ranging from protest movements to community-level forums and online campaigns by individual activists.This analysis charts how civic activism is evolving across 8 countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.These case studies reveal crosscutting themes relevant to the future of civil society support. While there is a global wave of new protests and innovative citizen movements, many civic struggles are increasingly rooted in specific national issues. New and older forms of civic activism coexist and intertwine in a variety of ways. Some new activism is highly political and confrontational; some is very practical and pragmatic about trying to circumvent the shortcomings of mainstream politics. New civic activism includes groups espousing an increasingly wide range of ideological positions. While the new activism has been effective on some specific issues, it is mostly struggling to hold at bay resurgent authoritarian and illiberal government responses.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Fixing Food : Towards a More Sustainable Food System

October 1, 2016

Fixing Food is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report on food system sustainability globally, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and food loss and waste. It draws on an interview programme with experts from the academic, public and private sectors and is published alongside the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, which ranks 25 countries according to their food system sustainability. The project was developed with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN).

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; International Affairs, Global Challenges

When We Raise Our Voice: The Challenge of Eradicating Labor Exploitation, An Evaluation of a Community Empowerment Intervention in Uttar Pradesh, India

March 1, 2016

Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for decades with communities in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) to eradicate forced and bonded labor. This report is an independent, evidence-based assessment of MSEMVS's work, produced by the FXB Center, Harvard's only university-wide human rights center, with funding from the Freedom Fund, a philanthropic initiative designed to bring financial resources and strategic focus to the fight against modern slavery. The research project had two primary aims: 1) To determine whether forced and bonded labor had been eradicated in villages where targeted interventions by MSEMVS took place; and 2) To measure the effect that the intervention had on a wide range of social and economic factors relevant to households within those villages.

Employment and Labour; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

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