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EFC Members' Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic : Results from EFC Survey March-June 2020

June 1, 2020

The European Foundation Centre surveyed its members, affiliates and partners from March to early June 2020 to find out what immediate measures they were taking (or were planning to take), internally and in their programmatic and funding activities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The survey aimed to gain an initial overview of how EFC members and affiliates were reacting to the crisis in order to identify possible points of collaboration and synergy, and to share useful information among them.

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

The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2022

September 20, 2022

The only global snapshot of clean air funding from donor governments and philanthropic foundations. This report highlights funding trends and gaps in 2015-2021, as well as recommendations for smarter investment for people and planet.99% of the world's population breathes air that exceeds World Health Organization air quality guidelines. Cleaning the air is a massive opportunity to improve public health and climate change. Because air pollution and climate change are mainly caused by burning fossil fuels, these problems can be tackled together. By addressing these issues in isolation, funders and policymakers drastically overlook the potential of clean air to realise multiple health, social and sustainable economic benefits.Our fourth annual report is the only global snapshot of projects funded by international development funders and philanthropic foundations to tackle air pollution. We identify gaps in funding, and opportunities for strategic investment and collaboration for systemic change. As the world prepares for COP27 in Egypt, we call for more joined up policies and funding to address air pollution, climate change and unsustainable economic growth simultaneously. This report provides recommendations for decision makers, policy makers and philanthropic foundations.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Health

Digital Surveillance, Civil Society and the Media during the Covid-19 Pandemic

October 22, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, so did many digital technologies promising to improve the public health response. These technologies raised various concerns for civil liberties in the digital age, from infringing on privacy to institutionalizing mass surveillance capacities. This media monitoring projects explores how English-language news organizations worldwide reported on these digital surveillance initiatives over the period of a year. By analyzing news framing, it provides insights into the contours of public debates on digitally driven public health surveillance. The report sheds light on the evolution of coverage over time, its geographic distribution, whose voices were included and excluded from these debates, and the prevalence of mis/dis-information. It also highlights the place of civil society in these narratives; which civil society organizations appeared most often in the media; what roles they played vis-à-vis digital surveillance; and the racial and gender make up of civil society voices appearing in news coverage. It provides a set of recommendations and resources for civil society groups and journalists working on the intersection of civil liberties, public health, and digital technologies.

Health; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Science and Technology

Reflecting on the Past to Transform the Future: Lessons Learned from Grantmaking in Promoting Health Equity and Responding to Crisis

August 1, 2020

Some of the Kellogg Foundation's journey in health programming is illustrated in this Health Legacy essay. Additionally, three key international and national gatherings on the social determinants of health brought together health experts and community-based leaders to share models and lessons across gender, age, cultures, populations, geographies and institutions.These proceedings highlight a growing understanding of the interdependencies that shape community health:Salzburg Seminar: The Social & Economic Determinants of the Public's Health, April 2000Salzburg Seminar: The Social & Economic Determinants of the Public's Health, October 2001Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Schools of Public Health Respond as Engaged Institutions, WKKF's 75th Anniversary Seminar on Public Health, April 2005As COVID-19 crossed the globe and led to closed international borders and stay-at-home orders, it has engendered a public health crisis unlike any other in generations. The pandemic highlights what has long been present yet invisible to many. Now the call for action to address health inequities is gaining traction in ever-widening circles. Given our longtime work with communities, experiences in emergency grantmaking and partnership with researchers and advocates to address health and social inequities, we offer the following framework and lessons from our journey.


Towards an EU Strategic Framework for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)

May 27, 2019

A joint paper by the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the NCD Alliance calls for the creation of an EU Strategic Framework for the Prevention of NCDs towards 2030.Indeed, with epidemic levels of NCDs undermining people's well-being, healthcare systems, and Europe's economic and social prosperity, they consider that preventing chronic diseases should be a main priority for the European Commission.Therefore, the paper proposes principles, priorities and actions for such an EU strategic framework, setting out a roadmap for policy-makers to make change happen.More information and the summary:


I'm Still The Same Person : Ten Years' Working Together To Create A Dementia-Friendly Society : Impact Report

May 1, 2018

This impact report illustrates ten years of the King Baudouin Foundation's activities in support of a 'dementia-friendly society', by putting the accent on key messages and a number of projects and initiatives: why they were set up, what was involved, who were the actors concerned and what their impact was.25 experts in Belgium have also been contacted in the framework of this report to discuss what the big challenges are regarding dementia and quality of life. What role can the King Baudouin Foundation and other European foundations (continue to) play?

Ageing; Health

Philanthropy and Global Threats: Lessons From an Ambitious Experiment

December 18, 2017

In 2008, Jeff Skoll set out to test whether a limited-life organization with $100 million and a band of driven and skillful "threat-ologists" could make progress against five of the gravest threats to humanity—climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East. After spending down the original $100 million gift, the SGTF experiment is now coming to an end. However, Jeff Skoll's philanthropy and commitment to global threats will continue. The work is being reorganized, spun out, and unified with Jeff's core philanthropic enterprise, the Skoll Foundation.

Evaluation and Learning; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Community Chest Case Study

September 19, 2017

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector's data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter it is soon to be released as a toolkit along with 4 of our Members' Case Studies – as the last organization to present its case study, the Community Chest of the Western Cape presents us the results of a survey conducted in 2015 amongst 10 Cape Flats schools to investigate patterns of absenteeism due to menstruation and other sexual education and feminine health issues. 

Knowledge and Data Management

An Opportunity to Address Menstrual Health and Gender Equity

May 1, 2016

Menstruation is a monthly challenge for billions of women and girls worldwide. On any given day, more than 800 million girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating. Challenges with menstruation go beyond practical management to issues that affect the girl and her role in the community. While more governments, funders, and other actors are now addressing issues related to menstrual health, many existing efforts are disparate and siloed, and the field lacks the research needed to mobilize more organizations to get involved.This report examines the existing research linking menstrual health to broader outcomes around health, social norms, and education; describes the current state of the menstrual health field; and explores opportunities to better support women and girls.  Top TakeawaysThere has been increased momentum from donors, governments, and other private players to address problems related to menstrual health, but the focus to date has largely been on "hardware" (e.g., products and/or facilities). Few governments, corporations, and NGOs are looking at menstrual health as a systemic problem and thus are missing the opportunity to address the problems sustainably and at scale. There have been limited rigorous evaluations of menstrual health programming to understand what works and is replicable at scale.Evidence about the impact of poor menstrual health on other health, development, and empowerment outcomes is scant, not statistically significant, and largely inconclusive suggesting a need to invest in targeted research to mobilize targeted players in the field.Girls' experience with menstruation is inextricably linked to a broader set of changes affecting girls during puberty. The field needs to explore where menstruation can serve as an opportunity to access girls at a critical transition point in her life. With finite resources available to address issues facing adolescents, understanding the links between menstrual health and a broader set of norms can help to identify if there is an opportunity to influence a cross-cutting set of outcomes and set girls on a longer-term path to success.

Gender and Women; Health

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

Mapping The Global Mental Health Research Funding System

January 1, 2016

This study, carried out by RAND Europe, maps the global funding of mental health research between 2009 and 2014. It builds from the bottom up a picture of who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support and how their strategies relate to one another. It uses the funding acknowledgements on journal papers as a starting point for this. The project also looks to the future, considering some of the areas of focus, challenges and opportunities which may shape the field in the coming few years. The main report is accompanied by a set of 32 'deep dive' case studies of individual research funders, a set of six cross-cutting themes that emerged from the analysis and methodological appendices. The project was supported in Canada by the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; in the UK by the National Institute for Health Research, the Wellcome Trust and MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through Research; and in Australia by the Movember Foundation.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Health

Mapping Dementia-Friendly Communities Across Europe

January 1, 2016

'Mapping dementia-friendly communities across Europe' is a study commissioned by EFID and undertaken by the Mental Health Foundation in 2014 and 2015. The research originated from a shared interest, by the foundations engaged in EFID, to conduct an analysis of concepts and practices of what it is commonly referred to as 'dementia-friendly communities' (DFCs) and similar initiatives across Europe. The aim of the report is to provide practical information, guidance and examples to support good practice around sustainable, inclusive and supportive environments for people living with dementia and their carers. The report is accompanied by an online collection of case studies that illustrate the diversity of 'dementia-friendly community' activity in Europe, and the executive summary of the study 'Mapping dementia-friendly communities across Europe' is available in 9 languages:

Ageing; Health

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