Ariadne’s Thread – April 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – April 2018
April 11, 2018 Lori Stanciu

April 2018

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


Ariadne News & Events

NEW ARIADNE TEAM MEMBER: We are delighted to announce the newest member of the Ariadne team, Anna Striethorst. As Ariadne’s European Programme Manager, based at the Network of European Foundations in Brussels, Anna identifies political trends and opportunities, promotes membership growth and participation, and liaises with other funder networks. Before joining Ariadne, Anna was the senior policy officer of the Roma Initiatives Office at the Open Society Foundations, where she led advocacy for the rights of Roma. You can connect with Anna through her profile on the Ariadne portal. After eight and fours years respectively, we are sad to say goodbye to Hanneke Hazeveld and Emilie Dromzee, our Netherlands and Francophone Managers. Thank you, Hanneke and Emilie, for your brilliant dedication, support and commitment over the years as well as your thoughtfulnes, team-spirit and positive attitudes!

REGISTER NOW:  FOR AN INCLUSIVE EUROPE: GERMAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN GERMANY AND IN EUROPE: Ariadne and Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen are happy to invite you to the meeting ‘For an Inclusive Europe: German funders countering racial and religious discrimination in Germany and in Europe.’ This meeting, devoted to German donors, will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th April, 12:30-17:30 CEST at the Haus Deutscher Stiftungen, 10117 Berlin, Mauerstr. 93. This is part of Ariadne’s European project ‘Countering Racial and Religious Discrimination’ as a follow-up of the report “In search of an inclusive Europe” (Executive Summary in German). Felix Oldenburg, Secretary General of the Bundesverband Deutscher StiftungenJulie Broome, Director of Ariadne, Timo Reinfrank, Executive Director of Amedeo Antonio Stiftung, and other speakers who will be confirmed soon, will join us for this exchange. It is open to representatives of grant-making foundations who support projects for social change and human rights. Please register here. This meeting will be held in German.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN EUROPE – EXPLORATION OF PHILANTHROPIC GIVING: Ariadne recently released a new report entitled Ending Violence Against Women in Europe: An Exploration of Philanthropic Giving.’ Based on surveys and interviews with both funders and NGOs, this report maps out the existing state of giving for ending violence against women in Europe and suggests areas where further support or additional research may be necessary. In this webinar, Ariadne members and authors of the report, Karin Heisecke and Karen Weisblattwill review the report’s findings, and Shikha Sethia from Mama Cash (and other speakers to be confirmed) will respond to the report. Please join us for a chance to discuss the findings of the report and consider what the funding community could do to help end violence against women in Europe. This event will take place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 between 13:00-14:00 BST/14:00-15:00 CEST. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR SERIES ON STRONGER TOGETHER – NEW FRONTIERS IN FUNDERS SUPPORTING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: Hosted by Human Rights Funders Network’s Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Working Group, coordinated by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Global Fund for Women (GFW), and co-sponsored by Ariadne. This webinar series will take place on 2nd May and 6th June, between 12:30-1:30pm EST, to explore funders’ roles in supporting social movementsParticipants will engage in an ongoing discussion on how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees’ autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change. RSVP here for all or any portion of the webinar series.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday 19th April at 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 here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: EUROPEAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL & RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: Ariadne and the Diversity Migration and Integration interest group of the European Foundation Centre are organising the meeting ‘For an Inclusive Europe: European funders countering racial and religious discrimination’. This meeting will take place in Brussels during the afternoon of Monday 25th June and the morning of Tuesday 26th June at Philanthropy House. The event is part of Ariadne’s European project ‘Countering Racial and Religious Discrimination’ as a follow-up of the report ‘Seeking an Inclusive Europe: Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia.’ More details about speakers and how to register will follow soon on the Ariadne portal.

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day – 24th September 2018: Ariadne, in collaboration with the Global Philanthropy Project, will hold a grant skills day on Monday 24th September 2018 in London, United Kingdom. This one-day event will explore how donors can take a more ‘intersectional’ approach to their work, recognising what the gaps in their current programmes may be and finding ways to be more inclusive. The day will begin with a master class on the concept of intersectionality and what it means for donors. Participants will then have the opportunity to learn from donors and practitioners who are employing this approach in their work. As part of this, participants will be encouraged to identify changes, however small, they could make in their own work or institution in addition to thinking about the social, policy or legislative levers that they could engage. More details will follow on the portal soon.

UPCOMING EVENTS: WEBINAR ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY FUND NON-FICTION CONTENT: Bertha Foundation together with Ariadne will be holding a webinar on the nuts and bolts of funding non-fiction content (long form and short form) via partners or directly in May (exact date to be confirmed). The webinar will look at funding outreach campaigns around films, how to manage the due diligence and how to handle impact measurement. More details will be posted on the Ariadne portal in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we invite you to explore Robert and Almudena’s movie, Made in L.A. and its toolkit page as an example of how a successful film was re-purposed as a tool for the communities that it could serve.







*To register for Ariadne events, your institution must be a member organisation of Ariadne. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact Lori Klos.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Human rights defenders who challenge corporations at growing risk: According to an article by The Guardian, research shows a 34% rise in attacks against campaigners defending land, environment and labour rights in the face of corporate activity. The Business and Human Rights Resource Center’s research focused on attacks against activists involved in protests against corporate activities. Victims included unionists, protests, whistleblowers and indigenous communities. “Our research highlights that companies do play a significant role in attacks on human rights defenders – the first time that this data has been systematically collected,” said Ana Zbona from the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. See also Ford Foundation’s “Human Rights Defenders in Colombia are Still Under Threat.”

Gender diversity in corporate senior management – glass ceiling yet to be cracked: In this article, Vigeo Eiris reviews the level of female representation at Board and Executive levels for almost 4,000 listed companies worldwide. The purpose of the rating is to measure the level to which companies and their senior management integrate specific commitments into their strategy and operations, in order to prevent discrimination towards women and promoting equal rights and gender equality in senior management, governance, remuneration, working conditions and labour relations. The principles of non-discrimination and gender equality are slowly progressing, mostly in Europe and North America, but progress remains limited in the rest of the world.

Protecting human rights online – new guidelines on internet intermediaries: The Council of Europe has recently adopted policy guidelines addressed to its 47-member states on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries such as search engines and social media. The recommendation calls on states to create a safe and enabling online environment where intermediaries, users and all affected parties know their rights and duties, to encourage the development of appropriate self and co-regulatory frameworks, and to ensure the availability of redress mechanisms for all claims of violations of human rights in the digital environment.

Integration for all – why race equality matters: This briefing, by the Runnymede Trust, sets out the evidence on integration and suggests how the UK government should better approach and design policy in this area. Three broad messages for integration policy are that, first, the responsibility for a cohesive society rests on all individuals and communities. Second, the various ‘domains’ of integration include socioeconomic, political, cultural, spatial and interpersonal, and should be more clearly distinguished in policymaking so that interventions can be better designed and measured for their success. Third, we cannot build a cohesive society where inequality and discrimination continue to affect peoples’ opportunities and how citizens interact with one another.  See also, HM Government’s consultation Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, with responses sought by 5th June.

New report on the future of philanthropy: This report by Future Agenda, is the detailed synthesis of insights gained from multiple discussions around the world. It brings together views on how philanthropy is expected to change in the next decade from a wide range of experts from 9 workshops on 4 continents undertaken over the past 12 months in Mumbai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford, London, Washington DC, Quito and Dubai. This decade sees philanthropy at a pivotal point. The evolving geopolitical landscape, the rapid creation of new wealth and a greater awareness of how philanthropy can create social change have already led to exciting innovation and new thinking. This is influencing approaches to giving and social responsibility across the world.

Nations in Transit 2018 – Confronting Illiberalism: Attacks on opposition parties, the press, and civil society organisations are becoming the norm in Central and Eastern Europe as the spread of illiberal politics undermines the foundations and prospects for democracy, according to Nations in Transit 2018, the 23rd edition of Freedom House’s annual report on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Eurasia.

Many EU Roma face life like people in the world’s poorer countries: Poor sanitation, hunger, youth unemployment – Roma in the EU face these basic challenges in their daily life, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report. It underlines the persistent inequalities that have long plagued Europe’s Roma in many countries of one of the world’s richest regions.

Framing equality handbook: Public Interest Research Centre’s ‘Framing Equality: Communication Handbook for Equality Bodies’ explains the importance of framing, how the stories told interact with our thinking and explains how to craft our communication to create sustainable social change. It incorporates research insights, examples and interactive activities to offer a practical and creative guide for your communication.

Forward march – the next destination for feminism: The Institute for Public and Policy Research has launched its Spring edition of Progressive Review, focussing on modern feminism. It looks back at everything the feminist movement has achieved, as well as its failures, and where it might go next.

Philanthropy in the Arab region: This new report from the Philanthropy for Social Justice shines a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy in the Arab region. While it draws on existing reports and articles where available, the main aim is to throw light on Arab philanthropy through conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. It looks at what currently exists in their area of philanthropy and what role it is playing in relation to the state and the private sector.

Empowering children to take civic action: A new joint paper by CIVICUS and Save the Children discusses the routine exclusion of children from civic engagement and public participation platforms. The paper outlines why governments should actively create opportunities for children to be heard on issues affecting them.

Thinking big – systems change and theory of change: This new report by Neo Philanthropy Capital and LankellyChase, identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.

Invisible victims of sexual violence – access to justice for women and girls with disabilities in India: Women and girls with disabilities in India who survive sexual violence face high barriers to access the justice system, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. ‘Invisible Victims of Sexual Violence: Access to Justice for Women and Girls with Disabilities in India’ details the challenges many women and girls with disabilities face throughout the justice process, such as reporting abuse to the police, obtaining appropriate medical care, having complaints investigated, navigating the court system, and getting adequate compensation.

IT: rights protection vs rights violations? IT systems can help trace missing migrant children and combat identity theft. But there are also significant risks to people’s fundamental rights, for instance not being fairly treated within the asylum procedure, so finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in a new report. As authorities increasingly rely on these systems, the report suggests ways to better defend the rights of those affected.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

BLOG: What does Brexit have to do with race? In this blog, Oxford University researcher Luke de Noronha asks why Eastern Europeans and black Europeans don’t regularly feature in stories about Brexit, even though data reveals they make up the overwhelming majority of EU citizens targeted by detention and deportation policies.

WATCH: Why was Urgent Action Fund – Asia Pacific created and how will it promote cultures of equality, justice, and peace? In October 2017, Urgent Action Fund announced the launch of its Asia Pacific sisterhood, the first rapid response grantmaking mechanism led by women for women and non-binary human rights defenders in Asia and the Pacific regions, striving to create cultures of justice, equality and peace. This short video shows how the mechanism was created and how it will operate.

TOOLKIT: Measuring what matters – a new database to track human rights performance: In the fight to improve global respect for human rights, activists have often lacked an important tool; useful, accessible, and reliable data. The available global measures have been piecemeal and of varying quality, and it has been hard to get a comprehensive overview of how countries are performing in terms of their human rights obligations. This new database, created by Anne-Marie Brook, K. Chad Clay and Susan Randolph, promises to provide comprehensive overviews of how countries are performing on human rights commitments. In this article for OpenGlobalRights, the authors discuss the tool and its 12 metrics, covering five economic and social rights and seven civil and political rights.

INFOGRAPHIC: EmpowerMAP – Better data, stronger partnerships, more impact for women: EmpowerMap, a joint project of the European Women’s Lobby and the Orange Foundation, gathers information about grassroots women’s organisations in Spain, France, Romania and Poland which have on-the-ground programmes aimed at the socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable women. In response to this need for information, this six-month project provided a mapping of the needs of vulnerable women and the practices and capacities of grassroots organisations which assist them. Tapping into the EWL’s network of over 2,500-member organisations, this project illuminates the various issues and struggles that women in situations of economic difficulty face across diverse countries, how service-provision organisations assist them in their journey to empowerment, and how digital education has the potential to help them become independent.

TOOLKIT: Framing LGBTI equality across Europe:  The Public Interest Research Centre, in collaboration with ILGA-Europe, have produced a new toolkit aiming to better understand how to interact with the narratives around LGBTI equality across Europe. One drive in creating this resource was the interest in knowing how you create change that lasts. How not to just win the single campaign, but the long-term cultural shifts – the types of shifts that require changes in the way we think about issues as well as changes that can only occur when we change the narrative.

PODCAST: Hope not fear – a new model for communicating human rights: In this podcast for The Guardian, Lucy Lamble talks to Thomas Coombes, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Communications, about his efforts to forge new, hopeful, narratives around human rights and the importance of letting people in tough situations tell their own stories.

INFOGRAPHIC: Telling Europe’s migration stories – framing messages around solutions: In March 2018, European Programme for Integration and Migration together with The Social Change Initiative, brought together key actors in the field of migration in Europe to explore communications around migration today. Here are two graphic visualisations from the workshop.

PODCAST: How a tradition of denial fuels racial discrimination in the Netherlands: In this podcast by the World Politics Review, Tracy Brown Hamilton talks with WPR’s senior editor, Robbie Corey-Boulet, about why a national debate over racial discrimination in the Netherlands is becoming increasingly acrimonious (see min 23′).

TOOLKIT: Pioneering toolkit on rights of women with disabilities:  Women Enabled International launched its accountABILITY Toolkit. The Toolkit empowers women with disabilities and organisations working on their behalf to use U.N. human rights mechanisms to ensure that the human rights violations women with disabilities experience receive redress and that statements, recommendations, observations, and guidance from the U.N. incorporate an intersectional gender and disability rights perspective.

GUIDE: Venture philanthropy and social impact investment – A practical guide: The fourth edition of The European Venture Philanthropy Association’s “A Practical Guide to Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment” walks readers through the different steps to set up a VP/SI organisation, giving them tips along the way with case studies and best practices.

WATCH: Meet whistleblower Christopher Wylie: Christopher Wylie, former Cambridge Analytica employee, reveals how personal information was taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters to target them with personalised political advertisements. He discusses his role in setting up the data firm, describing how and why 50-million Facebook profiles were harvested in a major data breach which has been described as “pivotal” in Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The short film is part of the Bertha Doc Society Documentary Journalism partnership and was made in collaboration with the Guardian.


Do you have a great blog post, case study or podcast you’d like to contribute? We would love to feature it. Email Lori Klos at


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Chic and free nor more? A visit uncovering shrinking space for civil society and limits to fundamental freedoms in France, by Peter Matjašič, OSIFE: In this blog, Peter Matjašič, Senior Programme Officer at the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) reflects on the site trip to VoxPublic, a visit uncovering shrinking space for civil society and limits to fundamental freedoms in France. The visit was part of Ariadne’s 2018 Policy Briefing held in March in Paris.

Advancing funders’ openness practices – lessons for the field from the Collective Impact Funder Action Learning Lab: In this new report, The Collective Impact Forum shares key findings and feedback from eight grantmaking organisations that participated in an “Action Learning Lab” focused on improving foundation openness. The report delves into the challenges that funders face in pursuing openness practices, what has worked well, and what tools and resources funders have found helpful. The report also includes case studies, underscoring multiple lessons learned about practicing openness.

Suffocating the movement – shrinking space for women’s rights: This new report by Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation looks at women human rights defenders in 32 countries and how they have been affected by the closing space for civil society. Because of growing nationalism, extremism and traditional values, women’s rights organisations are now facing major setbacks in their ability to work for gender equality and peace. With this report, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation aims to deepen the knowledge and understanding of how the shrinking civic space affects women human rights defenders, and what the implications are on women’s human rights.

What is closing space grant-making? An emerging framework from the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society: Across the globe, threats to civil society are increasing in both depth and intensity. According to this new framework from the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, purposeful grant-making strategy can bring more success in dealing with the closing space trend. The framework groups strategies to support civil society into two broad categories: resistance and resilience. The former support specific efforts to resist closing space and create a more enabling environment for civil society overall. The latter help ensure civil society continues to operate even if space is closing or closed.

What makes a strong ecosystem of support to philanthropy? This paper, published by WINGS and written by Barry Knight, provides information and key messages to guide the reflections of funders, philanthropy support leaders and other actors, in developing their infrastructure and turning it into a proper ecosystem. It gives a picture of organisations, functions and activities that are needed for philanthropy infrastructure to play its role unleashing the potential of philanthropy and calls for a new paradigm of collaboration within the field.

Collaborating across movements to fill funding gaps for women in Nepal: Groups in Nepal working at the intersections of different issues such as indigenous women with disabilities, are largely invisible to funders, but cross-movement collaboration can help fill funding gaps, according to a new article by Pratima Gurung, General Secretary for Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network. Cross movement collaboration can create collective strength: if small organisations do not have the capacity to create and administer proposals, then small but long-term funding from local and international donors, or a collaborative approach with other organisations, can increase capacity to overcome this hurdle. Donors working with minority groups, argues Pratima, need to reframe their strategies by looking more specifically at the intersection of gender, sexual identity, race and disability, to better understand different forms of inequality. Ariadne’s 2018 Grant Skills Day will focus on the issue of intersectionality. See more details in the “Ariadne News and Events” section.

Grants available for European community foundations working on migration, refugees and inclusion: The Global Fund for Community Foundations is inviting applications for its grants and learning programme supporting the work of European community philanthropy organisations working on migration, refugees and inclusion in their communities. To learn more about the programme, please contact Wendy Richardson. Deadline for applications is 20th April 2018. Please feel free to share this with anyone interested.

German philanthropy should get behind LGBTI rights: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Felix Oldenburg, Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations discusses why philanthropy should pay attention to funding and supporting LGBTI groups.

Beyond the checkbook – the power of transformational giving: Transformational giving isn’t difficult, but it does require courage and creativity, writes Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and author of “Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders“, in an article for Exponent Philanthropy. Transformational giving requires that funders think about policies and practices that exist that may exacerbate the problem or at least maintain the status quo. It means looking for institutional or even individual players who are contributing to the problem and who could be valuable parts of the solution. Kris offers various recommendations on what funders can do to practice transformational giving.

Soros, Open Society Create $10 Million Fund for Rohingya: According to the Philanthropy News Digest, on the eve of the South Asian monsoon season, the Open Society Foundations have announced the creation of a $10 million emergency assistance fund to help Rohingya people displaced from Myanmar as well as host communities in Bangladesh. See also, Interview with Sean Hinton of Open Society Foundations, by Alliance Magazine.



The next Thread will go out on Thursday 17th May. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Klos by 15th May if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Grants Manager, Investing in Young People – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Paul Hamlyn Foundation is recruiting a Grants Manager, with a focus on investing in the development and growth of organisations supporting young people. The successful candidate will be the primary contact for applicants, brokering both internal and external relationships to ensure that funded organisations have access to appropriate sources of expertise and knowledge to support them. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 19th April 2018.

Programme Associate – Ignite Philanthropy: Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys is a pooled, collaborative donor fund. The Programme Associate will ensure efficient and effective use of Ignite Philanthropy’s INSPIRE Working Group flexible funding mechanism and liaise closely with the Working Group Coordinator and the New Venture Fund Account Team. The Programme Associate will also provide critical support on a range of broader initiatives, including but not limited to research and follow-up assistance in exploring new potential areas of work. Location: Flexible worldwide, preferably based in or near CET or ET time zones. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Programme Officer, African Great Lakes – Fund for Global Human Rights: The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking a Programme Officer for the African Lakes. Within the region, this position currently is responsible for grant making programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. Here, the Fund currently supports grantees working to advance the rule of law and justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, environmental justice, and the rights of sexual and other minorities. Location: Preference will be given to candidates based in the region, London or Washington D.C. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Programme Officer, Public Health – Open Society Foundations: Location: The Open Society Public Health Programme (PHP) is seeking a Programme Officer with the International Harm Reduction Development Reduction Programme. The successful candidate will develop and implement grant making that advances the health and human rights of people who use drugs. The Programme Officer will collaborate with colleagues in PHP and OSF to support organisations that work to increase community-driven health services for people who use drugs, that connect harm reduction programming to larger issues of mental health, economic support and access to justice. Location: New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 4th May 2018.

Futures Lab Coordinator – Comic Relief: Comic Relief is seeking a Coordinator for its Futures Lab which, established in 2018, will support a group of organisations to become fitter and ready for the future. The successful candidate will provide management and support to organisations funded by Comic Relief, analyse reports, provide general administrative support, manage inbound enquiries and queries and provide feedback to funding applicants. They will also identify stories that can be documented and shared with partners, colleagues and the public as examples of success. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 13th April 2018.

Head of Corporate Engagement, Fair by Design Campaign – Barrow Cadbury Trust: Barrow Cadbury Trust is recruiting a Head of Corporate Engagement for the Fair by Design Campaign to lead on influencing providers, regulators and other senior decision-makers who hold levers that could end the poverty premium. The Fair by Design Campaign aspires to eliminate the poverty premium within 10 years. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 16th April 2018 (noon).

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


Public Meetings



April 22nd – 28th
Hack Belgium – Tackle Social Challenges and Inspire Change: Together, one thousand participants will tackle the societal challenges they feel aren’t being taken seriously enough. Twelve challenges, touching every facet of our lives and society. The 3-day programme will take participants from inspiration to building to launching their own projects. Projects that bring new opportunities, new business and new perspectives. Participants will receive support in the form of 140 workshops and consultation sessions on design, business and technology. More than 200 experts to help with every question. 10 emerging technologies will be present on site. The event will take place between 26th and 28th April 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.



April 15th – 21st
The End of the Rule of Law? During the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we reflect on the continued role of the rule of law in promoting and protecting human rights, in a global context where pushback against rights protection is becoming increasingly more virulent. How well have the rights of the UDHR been realised, particularly in relation to gender and women’s rights, in domestic, regional and international systems? How have breaches of the UDHR been treated as international crime?  How can problems in human rights frameworks be addressed in a way that strengthens rule of law and rights? The event will take place on 16th April 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

May 6th – 12th
Making Migration Great Again – Challenges and Opportunities of the UN Global Compact for Migration: With the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants by the UN General Assembly, states have launched an ambitious process of inter-governmental negotiations that will lead to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The global compact represents a momentum for the international community to set out a range of principles and commitments addressing all aspects of migration from a comprehensive and coherent approach. This briefing will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the global compact to address the multidimensional reality of migration, improve the governance of migration and strengthen the human rights of migrants and their positive contribution to sustainable development. The event will take place on 8th May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.



October 14th – 20th
EFC Research Forum Conference 2018 – ‘Thinking Beyond National Borders – Research and Funding Across Boundaries’: The 2018 EFC Research Forum Conference will explore the international collaborations within the philanthropic sector and beyond, with perspectives from researchers and funders alike. International collaboration can add significant value, from achieving more impactful research and nurturing international partnerships to addressing common problems and building capacity within the research sector. However, these opportunities – and their attendant challenges – are set against a changing international research environment. Increasing competition for resources, reactions to complex global issues, and the backlash against globalisation have brought more inward-looking policies in many parts of the world. In this context, conference participants will explore the role of philanthropy in enabling more effective partnerships, pinpointing the added value of international collaboration, and debating what needs to change to allow collaborative research to thrive. The event will take place between 17th and 18th October in Hanover, Germany.



June 17th – 23rd
7th Stavros Niarchos Foundation Conference on Philanthropy: Participants will explore one of the most discussed and debated concepts of our time, that of disruption. The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and ground-breaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy. The conference will examine, for example, the effects of pervasive inequality on disrupting social cohesion in economic terms and in terms of the unequal access to opportunities and other factors that facilitate social mobility. On the other hand, the conference will present those who, through their ground-breaking work, attempt to disrupt this cycle of inequality and bring about change on a local and global level. The event will take place between 21st and 23rd June 2018 in Kallithea, Greece.



April 22nd – 28th
Reclaiming Civic Space: Resistance, Resilience and Resources: The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas Human Rights in collaboration with The Fund for Global Human Rights, seeks to address the imbalance in material currently available on the global crackdown on civil society, the majority of which focuses on the diagnostics, rather than the responses by activists. Conectas and The Fund – in partnership with the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London – are delighted to host a panel discussion, followed by a drinks reception, with the aim of sharing the body of knowledge captured by the Journal with an audience of scholars, practitioners and donors. In collaboration with the Global Governance Institute, University College London; Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York; the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society; and the Human Rights Researchers’ Network. The event will take place on 23rd April 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

April 22nd – 28th
From Transitional to Transformative – Justice for Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: ‘Conflict-related violence against women’ is often understood to mean sexual violence, specifically rape used as a weapon of war. But this is only one part of a broad continuum of gender violence which must be understood and addressed within and across conflict settings. In her new book, Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition, Aisling Swaine examines the contexts of Liberia, Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste to identify a spectrum of forms of gender violence. She analyses their occurrence, and the relationship between them, within and across different points of pre-, mid- and post-conflict. Swaine proposes that a transformation rather than a transition is required in the aftermath of conflict, if justice is to play a role in preventing gender violence. The event will take place on 23rd April in London, United Kingdom.

April 22nd – 28th
General Data Protection Regulation for NGOs: This training on the incoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is aimed at NGOs, charities and other not-for-profit organisations and for-profit social enterprises working in international development and the advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The event will take place on 24th April 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Click here to register for the training session in Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt.

April 29th – May 5th
Changing Times: How to Meet Client Emerging Demand for Philanthropy and Social Investment Advice: The awareness of philanthropy and social impact investment is ever-increasing. Providing the appropriate professional advice and tools require a focused and knowledgeable approach. By attending this half-day intensive workshop, advisers will gain an understanding of the commercial proposition for providing this service to their clients, develop their philanthropy and social impact investment knowledge, plus learn practical skills to better support clients’ expectations and needs. The event will take place on 2nd May in London, United Kingdom.

 Until 12th August
Hope to Nope – Graphics and Politics 2008-18: Graphic design in the form of internet memes, posters and protest placards is being used by the marginalised and powerful alike to shape political messages like never before. From the global financial crash and the Arab Spring, to ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the numerous ways graphic messages have challenged, altered and influenced key political moments. Journey through Occupy Wall Street, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Have your fortune told by the All-Seeing Trump. Explore over 160 objects and installations and uncover the real-time social media conversation around political leaders, through dynamic displays created in partnership with leading social listening platform, Pulsar. The exhibition is open until 12th August 2018 in London, United Kingdom.



April 22nd – 28th
Community-Led Human Rights-Based Solutions to Climate Forced Displacement: A Guide for Funders: Community-Led, Human Rights-Based Solutions to Climate-forced Displacement-A Guide for Funders outlines key issues related to climate-forced displacement, human rights, and funding, and calls upon funders to support community-led, human rights-based solutions. During this webinar, the panelists will provide background on the issue of climate-forced displacement as it relates to climate justice and human rights, discuss some of the main findings and recommendations from the guide for funders, and highlight the critical role of funding grassroots and Indigenous communities in climate justice work. The webinar will take place online on 26th April 2018.



May 13th – 19th   
Access Now invites you to RightsCon Toronto 2018, the seventh event in the RightsCon Summit Series. This conference on human rights in the digital age brings together business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders from around the world to tackle pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology. This is where the community comes together to break down silos, forge partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward a more free, open, and connected world. The event will take place between 16th and 18th May 2018 in Toronto, Canada.



November 25th – December 1st
#EVPA18 Annual Conference: Europe is facing serious societal challenges, from immigration-integration, climate change, energy poverty, youth unemployment, health care, education amongst many others. These challenges need new innovative solutions. Building these solutions requires both patient capital and cooperation amongst different stakeholders. This year’s sessions will be grouped into three streams, depending on expertise: Explorers, Experts and Co-creators. The event will take place between 29th and 30th November 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.



April 15th – 21st
Nations in Transit 2018 – Confronting Illiberalism: Freedom House and the German Marshall Fund of the United States to attend the launch of the 2018 edition of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual report on the state of democracy in the post-communist countries of Europe and Eurasia. The event will take place on 18th April 2018 in Washington D.C., United States of America.

April 22nd – 28th
Shifting the Power – Applying Community Philanthropy to Durable Development, Here and Abroad: The Council on Foundations, Foundation Center and Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy invite you to a special event for the launch of a new GrantCraft Leadership Series paper which introduces the concept of community philanthropy: both as a form of, and force for, building local assets, capacities and trust. Ultimately, community philanthropy is a way to shift power closer to the ground so that local people have greater control over their own destiny, and impact is more sustainable. The event will take place on 25th April 2018 in Washington D.C., United States of America. RSVP by 18th April 2018.  

May 20th – 26th
Freedom House 2018 Annual Awards: For over 76 years, Freedom House has worked to defend human rights and promote democratic change by challenging unjust governments, defending civil liberties at home and abroad, and providing support for frontline activists who bravely strive for fundamental freedoms. Freedom House acts as a catalyst for freedom through a unique combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Since 1943, their annual awards dinner has recognised outstanding leaders who have championed freedom and democracy, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Vaclav Havel, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hala Al-Dosari, Edward R. Murrow and Bernard Baruch. The event will take place on 23rd May 2018 in Washington D.C., 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, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, Digital Impact and Adessium Foundation.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants