Ariadne’s Thread – April 2017

Ariadne’s Thread – April 2017
avril 25, 2017 Lori Stanciu

April 2017

Ariadne’s Thread is a monthly update of events, briefings and research for social change and human rights funders. 

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Ariadne News & Events

REGISTER NOW: THE LIVING WAGE FUNDER SCHEME – FUNDERS SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE: Launched in June 2015, the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme supports charities to pay the real Living Wage that meets the cost of living.  Low pay is a problem in the charity sector, with hourly pay lower than in other sectors – it is a sector that is characterised by a high female workforce and large numbers of part time workers. The aim of the Living Wage Funders scheme is to encourage fellow funders to work together to reduce low pay in the charity sector. Join us on 12th May  at 11:00 BST to hear from two of the funders who have implemented the Living Wage concept into their giving. Speakers: Sue Wicks, Strategic Lead at Comic Relief, Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes at Barrow Cadbury Trust and Emma Kosmin, Programme Manager at the Living Wage Foundation. To register, please click here. Please note this event is for funders only.

REGISTER NOW: THE INTERSECTION OF THE ARTS WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS BRIEFING: The rise in the opposition to liberal values and attitudes has taken many funders by surprise and created a sense of uncertainty.  Funders recognise that there is a real need to find new ways of highlighting social issues. The Arts have the power to engage broad audiences, communicate difficult subjects in a non-judgemental way and reach across physical and psychological barriers.  Join us to hear how Positive Negative (Comics), Clean Break (Theatre) and Britdoc   (Documentary) have used their particular art forms to help cross divides, challenge ideas and stereotypes, unveil uncomfortable issues and stimulate debate.  You will learn about what worked, what didn’t and why some art forms are good at translating difficult concepts. You will have the opportunity to see examples of their work and to hear from a funder why funding the Arts as part of a social change programme is important. The event will take place on 24th May , between 14:00-16:00 BST at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. To register please click here. Please note this event is for funders only.

REGISTER NOW: DIGITAL SECURITY FOR GRANTMAKERS: In the digital age, grantmakers should be able to assess and help address the digital security threats faced by grantees and grant applicants. Yet, this is new terrain for most grantmakers and many face a myriad of challenges including not knowing where to start, the severity of potential threats, and how to address them. Though it can be difficult to get started, funders have an important role to play in starting conversations with grantees on digital security threats and ways to mitigate them. Two authors of the recently published Digital Security and Grantcraft Guide, John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and Eric Sears, Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation will join us for this telebriefing to share some of the recommendations from the report and answer questions from funders. The tele-briefing will take place on Tuesday, 6th June 2017, between 15:30-16:30 BST. Please register here

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday 18th May, 15:00 BST. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) to watch the online demonstration. To register, please RSVP to Lori Stanciu.

STAY TUNED: FUTURE EVENTS: Ariadne will be running two more webinars in May, one looking at unaccompanied children in Europe and across the MENA region and one on non-financial support as a tool for building grantee resilience – details to be published soon on the Ariadne portal.

2017 ARIADNE GRANT SKILLS DAY: MOVEMENTS MATTER: THEY CAN INFLUENCE CHANGE: This year’s Grant Skills Day will focus on why movements matter. In light of a rising tide of populist movements and post-truth politics, movement-building has the potential to influence change, acting as a catalyst and equaliser by putting people’s voices at the centre and transforming systems from the ground up. By attending the event you will gain an appreciation of how funders can recognise and support movements and make links with fellow funders who are already funding or considering funding in this area. More details will be available on the Ariadne portal soon.










The next Thread will go out on Thursday 18th May. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by 16th May if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements

JCWI’s six recommendations for post-Brext immigration policy: A new JCWI position paper looks at the shape of a post-Brexit immigration policy. It maps out the path that it believes will complement an outward-looking and tolerant UK after Brexit. The charity highlights six areas which are ripe for reform, to ensure that the UK remains open, welcoming and fair to both EEA and non-EEA migrants coming here into the future.

European Commission policy guidance: The protection of children in migration: In recent years, the number of children in migration arriving in the European Union, many of whom are unaccompanied, has increased in a dramatic way. In 2015 and 2016, around thirty per cent of asylum applicants in the European Union were children. According to the European Commission’s new policy guidance on the protection of children in migration, there has been a six-fold increase in the total number of child asylum applicants in the last six years.

Short analysis of the proposed Hungarian Bill on foreign funded NGOs: In this short analysis, Stefania Kapronczay, Executive Director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union discusses the latest developments on the proposed Hungarian Bill on foreign funded NGOs in Hungary. See also, NGOs are vital to democracy – Here’s why, by Israel Butler, LibertiesEU and I don’t recognise Viktor Orbán as a ‘tyrant’, an counterargument from novelist Tibor Fischer.

Tightening the purse strings: What countering terrorism financing costs gender equality and security: The International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law and the Women Peacemakers Program in the Hague, the Netherlands, have released a new report analysing how rules to counter terrorism financing schemes have adversely impacted women’s rights organisations and gender equality. The report represents the culmination of research, interviews, surveys, and statistical analysis revealing how responses to terrorism and violent extremism may in practice squeeze women’s rights and their defenders between terror and counter-terror.

A dangerous ‘game’: The pushback of migrants, including refugees, at Europe’s borders: This joint agency briefing paper from the Belgrade Center for Human Rights, Oxfam and Macedonian Lawyers Association looks at civil servants’ violence towards refugees along the Western Balkan route in Europe. The paper includes testimonies from 140 migrants, including refugees, between 30th January and 17th February 2017, and offers several recommendations. See also, #LockedInLimbo – end arbitrary detention of stateless people in Europe by The European Network on Statelessness.

Equileap publishes ranking of over 3,000 firms on progress towards gender equality: Equileap has researched and scored over 3,000 public companies from 23 countries, using 19 criteria to measure their progress towards gender equality. This Ranking shows that only 6 companies report no gender pay gap: L’Oreal, Transurban Group, Adobe Systems, Deutsche Boerse, Origin Energy and Enbridge.

CIVICUS Monitor global coverage: The CIVICUS Monitor, which rates countries on the protection of fundamental civic freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, now has full global coverage of all 193 UN member states plus Kosovo and Palestine. According to new findings from the CIVICUS Monitor, just three percent of people live in countries where space for civic activism or civic space is truly open. The first ever analysis of civic space covering all UN Member States shows people in 106 countries face serious threats when organising, speaking out and taking peaceful action to improve their societies.

Creative coalitions: A handbook for change: This new handbook from Crisis Action is a resource to help activists, innovators, and social entrepreneurs design effective bespoke collaborations to deliver the real-world change they are seeking. Crisis Action has developed this handbook based on its experience of catalysing collaboration for the protection of people living in warzones.

New map of Business & Human Rights cases globally: The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Liberty Asia have launched a joint project, The Legal Case Map, to geographically display key business and human rights cases and selected complaints under OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The case summaries include the proceedings, countries involved, legislation used, and dates. See also, Human Rights Outlook 2017: Supply chain blind spots hiding modern slavery, by Verisk Maplecroft.

UNESCO publishes policy guide on education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide: UNESCO‘s policy guide on Education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide, provides effective responses and a wealth of recommendations for education stakeholders who wish to engage in or reinforce this education.

New report: European cities health care gaps for migrants: A new report from PICUM highlights how cities across Europe help provide access to health care for all migrants in their communities who are shut out of the public health system.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Demos analysis – Anti-Islamic content on Twitter: Demos has published an analysis of anti-Islamic content on Twitter. The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media analysed messages on Twitter algorithmically considered to be derogatory towards Muslims from March 2016 to March 2017 and found that approximately 400 tweets a day are sent from the UK that are considered derogatory towards Muslims.

France’s choice, Europe’s future: In this article for Carnegie Europe, Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe Editor in Chief, provides insights into the 2017 French presidential election and the implications for Europe. See also, MOOC sur la philanthropie en France, by Chaire Philanthropie de l’ESSEC and Fondation de France.

Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups: The Russian government may have named 2017 the ‘Year of Ecology’ in Russia, but despite this, last week Russia’s Justice Ministry used its foreign agents law to close an environmental group, the second such closure this year. In this article for Human Rights Watch, Anastasia Ovsyannikova, an Natalia Estemirova fellow, mentions that since the law banning groups that accept foreign funding was introduced in 2012, 21 environmental organisations have been forced to close.

Children discovered on brink of starvation in Belarusian orphanages: In this article for The Guardian, Marina Vorobei looks at the condition of children in Belarus’ orphanages. Almost 100 children and young people have been found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus.

WATCH: Jewish Funders Network – Andrés Spokoiny: Andrés Spokoiny, President & CEO of Jewish Funders Network, discusses the meaning of Jewish philanthropy and the work of the Jewish Funders Network.

WATCH: Claiming spaces and telling our stories: Here are several short films by three young feminist storytellers. Nour Wahid, a young filmmaker from Lebanon, looks at the Qana masaacre in Lebanon, Lucia Florez, a young filmmaker from Peru, explores Peruvian feminist activist Victoria Villanueva’s journey and Maria Ribeiro, a young photographer from Brazil, captures Lydia Alpizar’s feminist journey.

International Migration Institute new report on Syrian refugee workers in Turkish garment industry: The International Migration Institute has published a working paper “How do Syrian refugee workers challenge supply chain management in the Turkish garment industry?” by Emre Eren Korkmaz.  The mass movement of Syrian refugees has had a large impact on industrial relations in Turkey. This paper looks at the relations between the informal and formal sectors in Turkey and how such relations have affected the survival strategies of refugee, it also shares fieldwork observations.

Data from COPE partners presented through colourful infographics: Here is an infographic from COPE’s partners across Europe which illustrates data on children of prisoners and prison systems. Find COPE’s infographics on Italy, Ireland and the EU.

BreakthroughU Action Toolkit: BreakthroughU has launched BreakthroughU, a series of videos which use puppets to break down complicated concepts – intersectionality, gender norms, and culture change – that are central to Breakthrough’s work. The videos follow four college students, Sam, Norma, Norm, and Oscar, as they navigate their lives, identities, relationships, and activities on campus. They tackle a whole range of issues from intimate partner violence (in heterosexual and LGBTQ couples) to non-consensual image sharing, sexual harassment, discrimination against gender nonconforming and transgender people, hypermasculinity and other forms of gender policing.

WATCH: Africa: Video documentary on how land acquisition for commercial investment impacts local communities: This video from Institute for Poverty documents how land acquisition for commercial investment impoverishes local communities, with case studies from Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia.

Podcast: How business is harnessing refugee talent: Harvard Business School’s Cold Call podcast recently focused on why and how businesses in Germany are training and hiring refugees through apprenticeship programmes.


Helping women step out of the shadows: In recent years, women’s mental health and wellbeing have received insufficient attention from the health care field, from government, and from philanthropy. This lack of attention has left a gap that needs to be filled if we hope to see progress on numerous intersecting issues, from women’s rights to health care and education. This new report from Philosophy and Arabella Advisors explores opportunities for funders to help fill this gap.

Don’t think ‘lawsuit’: think ‘dignity’: In this article for Philanthropy Impact, Ise Bosch, CEO of Dreilinden and an Ariadne member, looks at the different understandings European funders have for the term “human rights” and why some of them decide to avoid the term all together. She recommends that funders communicate with their governments and offer to assist them in their efforts to fulfil their human rights requirements and to consider which language might bring their organisation closer to their grant seekers.

Foundations & Social Impact Investing – Going beyond grant-making: In this EU Webinar Series, EVPA looks at some possible ways of integrating Social Impact Investing into a foundation’s work, how this approach is a viable complement to traditional grant-making and what lessons can be learned from success stories. The session also explored the regulatory hurdles that have to be kept in mind. With the aid of experts and practitioners, this session sheds some clarity on the various Social Impact Investing tools available to foundations. It also delves deeper into what are most widely known as Mission-Related Investments, i.e. investments of a foundation’s endowment that are aligned with its statuary purpose.

Briefing on Syria for funders: This briefing is produced by the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) in collaboration with the Syria Working Group at Global Dialogue, with the support of the Asfari Foundation and is of assistance to funders who are trying to understand the context of the recent escalation in the region. The Briefing begins with an update on the continuing war in Syria and the refugee situation in the region, followed by a curated list of analytic pieces on the priority themes of the Syria Working Group. It concludes with some key questions for funders and a few readings on lessons learned from other contexts.

Peace & Security Funding Index: An analysis of global foundation grantmaking: Global philanthropic support for efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts totalled $357 million in 2014, up significantly from $283 million in 2013, a study by the Peace and Security Funders Group and Foundation Center finds. According to the 2017 edition of the Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking, 290 foundations awarded nearly 2,800 grants to more than 1,800 nongovernmental organisations in 2014 in support of a range of peace and security efforts, from tackling piracy to building an “underground railroad” for women escaping ISIS.

How philanthropy is changing in Europe: There is a new age of philanthropy in Europe, a €50 billion plus financial market. Changing attitudes to wealth, growing social need and innovations in finance are creating a revolution in how we give aided and sometimes abetted by governments. Mapping the changes, Christopher Carnie focuses on high-value philanthropists, people and foundations as ‘major donors’, investing or donating €25,000 upwards. Designed to help people find their way around the sector, this book includes interviews with philanthropists, advisers and fundraisers, and provides practical insider knowledge to access donors and donor information. See also, on How to do Good – Essays on Building a Better World’, by Charles Sellen, researcher with ETHYKA Research.

Supporting inclusive movements: Funding the rights of women with disabilities: Leading advocates and women’s rights donors agree that much more can and needs to be done to include women with disabilities in women’s rights activism, agenda setting, and funding. A new brief by the Disability Rights Fund explores funding at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights and offers steps donors can take to ensure that their grantmaking is more inclusive of women with disabilities and to support this emerging movement. See also, Collective Power of Inclusion, by Catherine Hyde Townsend, Sr. Program Officer for Wellspring Advisors and Board Co-Chair of the Disability Rights Fund.

When the Ford Foundation leads, do others follow? The Ford Foundation joined the growing impact investing community, pledging a commitment of $1 billion to mission-related investments. In this article, David Callahan of Inside Philanthropy looks at Ford Foundation’s new mission to venture into impact investing on a large scale and the effect this might have on other foundations to follow.

New edition of the EPIM Policy Update available: The April 2017 Edition of the Policy Update, prepared for organisations interested in European policy developments in the areas of migration and integration, is now available online. This edition’s special focus is dedicated to the outcomes of the EU-Turkey Statement, one year after it entered into force. Despite being presented as a success in significantly bringing down the number of “irregular arrivals” while providing a narrow framework for an alternative legal channel for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, the EU-Turkey Statement has faced repeated criticisms from many humanitarian and human rights NGOs who argue that the deal does not respect fundamental rights.

Philanthropy law reports: The International Center for Non-for-Profit Law has launched a series of reports on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy in India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

New set of resources for funders interested in funding advocacy: GrantCraft has released a set of resources for funders interested in funding advocacy and working collaboratively. The new set of resources authored by Cindy Gibson aims to put advocacy funder collaboratives in perspective through the candid, practical wisdom of seasoned grantmakers.

Small charities need support to survive turbulent times ahead: Government, funders and large charities must take urgent action if small charities are to survive turbulent times ahead according to new analysis published by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales. Facing Forward presents a candid analysis of the ten-upcoming political, economic, social and technological changes which will dramatically affect the operating landscape for the 65,000 small and medium charities working at the heart of communities across England and Wales.

Strategic litigation impacts: Equal access to quality education: Commissioned by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program, this report explores the impacts of strategic litigation in addressing critical human rights problems in Brazil, India, and South America. See also, ‘Litigating for Change, by The Social Change Initiative.


Jobs and Tenders

Project Manager – Kering Foundation: The Kering Foundation is seeking a Project Manager to work within the Sustainability Department and report to the Executive Director of the Foundation. The successful candidate will be in charge of implementing internal and external awareness campaigns, enhancing the communication of the Foundation, and expanding the employee volunteering programme. Location: Paris, France. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

Knowledge Lead, Civil Society – World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum is recruiting a Knowledge Lead to join its Civil Society – Society and Innovation Team. This team integrates civil society voices and socially relevant issues into the events and initiatives of the World Economic Forum. Their three main activities are: identifying and engaging with civil society leaders from around the world; ensuring civil society communities are fully integrated and play leading roles in the Forum’s public-private partnership efforts; and designing interactions and conducting research to help advance social innovation agendas. Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

Policy Officers x 2 – Open Society Foundations: OSF is seeking a Policy Officer to join its International Migration Initiative and another to join its Justice Initiative. The former Policy Officer will support IMI strategy by leading the programme’s policy and advocacy work to respond effectively to displacement crises and to improve how the international community protects refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. The latter Policy Officer will serve as a strategic and technical subject matter expert on issues of criminal justice, including effective and accountable prosecutions and police practices which are compliant with pre-trial rights, fair and effective criminal defence, prevention and punishment of torture, and the rational use of pre-trial detention. Location: New York, United States. Deadline for applications is 5th and 24th May 2017, respectively.

Programme Manager – Families Together Initiative – British Red Cross: Comic Relief, Unbound Philanthropy and several other funders will jointly support a strategic and innovative initiative to facilitate family reunion and integration for refugee and migrant families. British Red Cross will be responsible for the management of the programme, but a panel of experts from within the refugee and migration sector will oversee the strategic direction of the initiative and decide which organisations to give grants to. The British Red Cross are recruiting a Programme Manager to lead this initiative. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 1st May.

Short Term Consultants, Financial Reports Assessments – European Endowment for Democracy: The European Endowment for Democracy is developing a network of consultants to help provide the EED Secretariat support in assessing financial reports from grantees. Assignments for consultants on the roster may range from 1 to 5 days per assignment, with the exact consultancy fee depending on the nature and complexity of the requested work as well as the experience and track record of the consultant. Consultants may be offered a number of assignments per year, depending on the demand and needs of the EED Secretariat. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 3rd May 2017.

Trustees – Equal Rights Trust: The Equal Rights Trust is seeking new trustees to join its international Board of Trustees. Working on a voluntary basis, trustees play an important role in shaping the Trust’s policies and long-term plans, helping to create a more equal world. The Trust particularly welcomes individuals with expertise in areas including: organisational development, financial management, communications and charity fundraising, as well as global leaders in equality. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


*For more jobs, see the ‘Career Opportunities’ section on the landing page of the Ariadne portal.


Public Meetings


May 7th – 13th
Philanthropic Giving: A Missed Business Opportunity for Professional Advisers: At this event Philanthropy Impact will present its research mapping on the level of philanthropy advice amongst professional advisers in the UK and a survey of HNW and UHNW individual giving patterns. Results indicate that only one in five of the UK’s advisory firms offer philanthropy advice, that philanthropists who take professional advice give 17 times more than those who do not, and that although only 12% of the UK’s wealthy population receive advice from professional advisers their donations account for 58% of all giving. By increasing the number of professional advisers who give philanthropic advice, Philanthropy Impact believes philanthropic giving could increase exponentially. The event will take place on 11th May 2017 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It will be repeated on 14th June 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click here for details.



May 7th – 13th
The Spring of Philanthropy “Boost Philanthropy of Europe”: The King Baudouin Foundation, together with EVPA and several other European partners, will bring together philanthropists, policy makers, advisors, asset managers, family offices, NGOs and more to discuss philanthropic trends and opportunities in 2017. ‘Boost Philanthropy in Europe’ will propose roundtables and inspiring keynote speeches from international guests of honour and from European policy makers. The event will take place on 12th May 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.



May 7th – 13th
Security or Democracy: Do We Need to Make a Choice? The sense of optimism and promise of democracy that accompanied the Arab Spring and Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine has slowly faded, leaving behind disillusionment and a sense of insecurity. Instead of democratic consolidation, the revolutionary upheavals have given rise to political turmoil or resurgent autocracy, which creates a hostile and challenging reality for democracy activists in these countries. The conference will take an in-depth look at the situation in three countries which have a key role to play in determining the political future in the European Neighbourhood: Egypt, Syria and Ukraine. The event will take place on 10th May 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.



July 2nd – 8th
Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights: The objective of this course is to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of leaders and managers to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights agendas within their organisational contexts. The course seeks to strengthen leaders’ and managers’ use of gender-inclusive and transformative leadership principles and practices to address institutional gender biases and promote commitments to gender equality and women’s rights. The training course will take place between 3rd and 7th July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. RSVP 19th May. It will be repeated between 4th and 8th September in Nairobi, Kenya. RSVP 14th July.



May 14th – 20th
Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as Finland’s development policy, and corporations have an essential role to play in making equality, human rights and sustainable development a reality. It is also argued that responsibility and sustainability are cornerstones of a successful business. The KIOS spring seminar will bring together corporate responsibility and human rights experts from the Global North and South to share their views and experiences on the topic. The event will take place on 16th May 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. RSVP 5th May 2017.



October 8th – 14th
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity: The Pacific Rim International Conference brings together civil society stakeholders, policy experts, government leaders, academics, researchers and disability and diversity advocates. It encourages and respects voices from diverse perspectives, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; examples of programme providers and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalised world. The event will take place between 9th and 11th October 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.



April 23rd – 29th
The Closing Space for Academic Freedom and Civil Society in Hungary, the Implications for Neighbouring Countries, European Funders and NGOs: The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society invites you to join Dr Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of Central and Eastern European University, who will talk about the chilling crackdown on civil society and liberal democracy in Hungary. Following several years of increasingly repressive laws to limit the operations of civil society in the country, the Hungarian government has now passed a law that will lead to the closure of CEU. A new law on the foreign funding of non-governmental organisations in the country is also expected to be approved in the coming weeks, targeting groups working on human rights or anti-corruption. The lecture will discuss the nature of the Hungarian and other crackdowns and how we can begin to respond. The event will take place on 28th April 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

 April 30th – May 6th
Civil Society and Shrinking Political Space: The Future of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Civil society in Southeast Asia has come under threat from shrinking political space, funding challenges and internal competition over issues and resources. In this context what is the future of human rights in the region? This seminar will examine Southeast Asian civil society engagement with human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and national human rights institutions. The speaker will sketch out a vision for human rights engagement in a region which is slipping back into authoritarianism. The event will take place on 3rd May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

April 30th – May 6th
‘14 Days in May – Countdown to an Execution’ – Documentary and Q&A: Goldsmiths’ Forensic Psychology Unit, in collaboration with Reprieve, invite you to a screening of award-winning documentary ’14 Days in May’, which tells the true story of the countdown to the execution of Edward Earl Johnson. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dan Dolan, Head of Death Penalty Policy at Reprieve; Professor Fiona Gabbert and other members of the FPU; and guest Professor Lorraine Hope, Portsmouth University. The event will take place on 4th May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

April 30th – 6th May
The Philanthropy Programme – Tax Update in the Context of Philanthropic Giving: There are numerous political changes and revisions to taxation systems that have the potential to affect philanthropic giving in the UK, US and Europe. At this event, an expert panel will cover several tax-related updates and practices, helping to prepare advisors as to some of the tax scenarios they may encounter and how best to meet their clients’ needs and address their concerns. The event will take place on 3rd May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

 May 7th – 13th
Screening: Hidden Heart: In 2015 Ariadne’s winter film night featured Hidden Heart, a film in the early production stage. The film chronicled the experience of first generation British Muslim woman negotiating relationships with family, community and culture. Hidden Heart is now completed and is the story of three women, all in relationships with non-Muslim men. Click here for more information on Hidden Heart. The event will take place on 8th May 2017 in London, United Kingdom. To RSVP please email

May 14th – 20th
2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights: The All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea invite you to attend the 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights. The conference will bring together politicians, policymakers, civil society representatives, North Korean exiles, scholars and members of the public to discuss: the role of information inflows and outflows, children’s rights, and strategies for accountability for crimes against humanity. The event will take place on 18th May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

May 21st – 27th
The Asylum Monologues: The Asylum Monologues is a free performance exploring first-hand accounts of the UK’s Asylum system, in the words of people who have experienced it. The performance is suitable for ages 16+ and will be followed by a discussion. The event will take place on 23rd May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

May 21st – 29th
The Synthesis of Art and Philanthropy: Governments and traditional sources of support for the arts can no longer be relied on as they have been for a generation in the UK. This meeting will argue that it is time for a ‘New Enlightenment.’ New, creative ways to finance our cultural existence are forming and will result in greater access to the visual and performing arts in our daily lives. Philanthropy Impact invites you to meet with top leaders and philanthropists in the arts, actively making this change a reality. The event will take place on 24th May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 25th – July 1st
Cyber 2017: Ever more personal, commercial and state assets exist and operate in an increasingly hyperconnected cyberspace. Secure cyber connectivity is vital for nations, businesses and individuals but internationally, differences in cyber policy are emerging, affecting issues from data protection to national security. Attempts to exert greater control over cyberspace and incidences of cyber espionage have given rise to political tensions between countries, as well as between citizens and their governments. In this context, the risk of an increasingly fragmented cyberspace is very real, but without the ability for data to flow freely much of the value of cyber connectivity will be diminished. The event will take place between 26th and 27th June in London, United Kingdom.



May 14th – 20th
Children of Prisoners Europe International Conference and Network Meeting: This pan-European conference, hosted by Bambinisenzasbarre and co-organised by Children of Prisoners Europe, will argue that working to support the child-parent relationship when a parent is imprisoned benefits all parties involved: the child, the imprisoned parent, the caretaker parent, the prison, decision-makers, media, local communities, the public and society overall. It will seek to explore how stakeholders and decision-makers can work together to develop integrated cross-sectoral support for children with imprisoned parents, strengthening the child’s well-being and healthy development and the agency of the imprisoned parent, while reducing transgenerational offending, recidivism, crime and public spending. The event will take place on 19th May 2017 in Naples, Italy.



September 17th – 23rd
2017 Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting: The 2017 Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting will host sessions on topics such as ‘For Africans, By Africans: How Local Solutions Are Solving Local Challenges’ and ‘What Do the SDGs Mean to You?’ The Donor Track will feature workshops such as ‘From Ebola to Aleppo: Gauging Your Risk Tolerance’ and ‘Philanthropy in the Time of Trump.’ The NGO Track will include topics like ‘Moonshot: Is Government Adoption a Legitimate Pathway to Scale?’ and ‘Right-Sizing Impact Assessment.’ Between sessions, participants will be able to network with 40+ African Visionaries and take in a performance of The African Women Monologues. The event will take place between 17th and 18th September 2017 in New York, United States of America.



April 30th – May 6th
Filling the Gaps: Human Rights Funders and the Global Gag Rule: IHRFG invites you to participate in the first webinar of its series: ‘The Human Rights Implications of the Trump Presidency.’ This first webinar will examine the Global Gag Rule, which prevents US government funding to NGOs that provide abortion counselling, referrals, or advocacy – and restricts access to contraception. This rule will result in a gap of over $600 million in reproductive, maternal, infant, and child health funding globally. Speakers will respond to the question: how are governments, private funders, and grantees working to fill the funding gaps? The event will take place on 3rd May 2017 online.

May 7th – 13th
Refugee Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action: In December 2015, Hire Immigrants sat down with former executive director, Senator Ratna Omidvar, and stakeholders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – employers, government representatives and non-profit organisations – to focus on identifying employment opportunities for Syrian newcomers and how to match refugee talent to the needs of employers. Participants in this webinar will join Devon Franklin, Project Manager of Hire Immigrants (Canada) in a conversation with Jasmine Ateia, Division Manager, Labour Market Integration for Refugees, City of Freiburg (Germany), to discuss lessons learned from the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year. The event will take place on 8th May 2017 online.

May 14th – 20th
Family Matters: Local Strategies for Integrating Immigrant and Refugee Families: National policy may define an individual’s status, but the experience of arrival and integration, especially in the case of families, is felt locally. Participants in this webinar will learn how initiatives in Toronto and Barcelona are putting family first and welcoming refugee and reunified immigrant families based on the first principles of living together – building relationships, support, trust and a community of welcome – while engaging private citizens and public institutions as active agents of integration. The event will take place on 17th May 2017 online.



April 30th – May 6th
IOM Movie & Debate: When I’m there: The knowledge and experience of diaspora experts has a significant influence on the growth and development of their country of origin. This prompted IOM Netherlands to set up: ‘Connecting Diaspora for Development’. At this meeting, participants will discuss the necessary conditions for successful diaspora development projects, what difficulties such projects encounter, and how they can be best supported. The first part of the meeting will be a screening of ‘When I’m There’ by Marjolein Veldman and the second part will consist of a panel, led by Georgina Kwakye. The event will take place on 3rd May 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

April 30th – May 6th
HagueTalks: How Can You Support Victims of War? The national commemoration of Remembrance Day in the Netherlands takes place on 4th May at 8pm. At that moment, two minutes of silence are observed throughout the country to commemorate Dutch victims of war. During this special edition of Hague Talks participants will commemorate war victims worldwide. Dancer Michaela DePrince from Sierra Leone, Artist Samer al-Kadri from Syria and Grant Dawson from the OPCW will share how they are committed to a safer and more just world, and what participants can do for victims of war. The event will take place on 4th May 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



April 23rd – 29th
In Defense of Ukraine: Human Rights, Crimea, and the Case of PEN America ‘Freedom to Write’ Awardee Oleg Sentsov: Freedom House and PEN America invite you to a discussion in honour of Oleg Sentsov, this year’s recipient of the Barbey ‘Freedom to Write’ Award, exploring challenges to free expression and human rights in Crimea. He was awarded this in light of his courage to speak out against the intolerance of free expression and conscientious dissent. Sentsov’s case highlights larger challenges to free expression that continue to choke fundamental freedoms in Crimea, Donbas, and Russia, and why Ukraine and the international community have a duty to support Sentsov and others like him in an effort to promote human rights in challenging times. The event will take place on 27th April 2017 in Washington DC, United States of America.

April 23rd – 29th
Freedom of the Press 2017 Launch Report: Press freedom is down globally to the lowest level in 13 years, in part because of what is happening in authoritarian countries – such as Russia and China – and worrisome trends in several democracies, including the United States. The global picture is dark with fewer than one in seven people living in countries with a free press, with no meaningful coverage of politics, fear for journalists’ safety, and governments attempting to rig coverage. Especially troubling is the decline in the United States, which has served as the most important model for other countries’ protection of free speech and press freedoms. The event will take place on 28th April 2017 in Washington DC, United States of America.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants

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