Ariadne’s Thread – April 2022

Ariadne’s Thread – April 2022
April 6, 2022 Hannah Stevens

April 2022

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

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: ARIADNE’S GREAT RECONNECT 2022: Part conference; part open space; part kitchen, salon, and reunion: you’re invited to join Ariadne’s Great Reconnect in Lille (26–28 April 2022). After two years of working in isolation, our community of social change and human rights funders will reconnect in person for long-awaited conversations. Since our last meeting in Belfast in 2019, we have dealt with the challenge of a global pandemic, heard powerful calls for racial justice, and been faced with growing evidence of the urgency of addressing climate change. How have we faced these changes and challenges, as funders and individuals? What lessons will make us better funders for this decade? What urgent conversations do our field and partners expect us to have? These three days will reconnect us as colleagues, friends, and thought partners. Places are limited. Register now!

2022 ARIADNE FORECAST: We are pleased to announce the release of the 2022 Ariadne Forecast for Social Change and Human Rights Funders! To create the Forecast, 187 Ariadne members and friends of the network filled in surveys, participated in interviews, and attended online forecast meetings to share their insights into trends in European social change and human rights philanthropy for 2022. The report looks at the challenges and opportunities this year might bring for grantees; how funder practice could change; which political events are likely to affect their work; what will become more important in the months ahead; and – perhaps most importantly – what to feel hopeful about. There are chapters on FranceGermanyItalyThe Netherlands, and the UK, plus a broader, Global focus. You can download the report, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #2022AriadneForecast, or get in touch with Molly Mathews to write a blog for us.

SUSAN TREADWELL MEMORIAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME SURVEY: Ariadne is reimagining its mentoring programme and relaunching it as the Susan Treadwell Memorial Mentorship Programme. Leaders in our sector with first-hand experience of the systems we collectively want to transform – such as racism, misogyny, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-semitism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia – know that they are profoundly entrenched and require complete transformation. We need to understand more deeply how these dynamics are being reinforced in our sector and whether (and how) a progressive mentoring programme in Susan’s spirit could facilitate shifts at the level of both personal transformation and personnel change. We have commissioned independent consultants to support us in this process. They are keen to speak with a wide range of people and will be centring the voices, experiences, and expectations of those with lived experience of marginalisation. We would love to hear your story, experience, and ideas about how this programme should be shaped. Please tell us about your views by completing this survey.

RESPONDING TO UKRAINE: INFO FOR FUNDERS: Ariadne and several other funder networks, including EDGE Funders Alliance, Gender Funders Co-lab, and Human Rights Funders Network, have put together a collaborative resource list for funders to support communities in Ukraine. Ariadne members with portal access can also watch the recording of our recent webinar with Prague Civil Society Centre, ‘What can philanthropy do for Ukraine today?’

PROJECT GRANTS NEED NOT BE THE ENEMY – A THREE PART SERIES: Funders for Real Cost, Real Change (FRC) originated with a collaborative of private foundations that came together to address project grant funding practices. The foundations recognised that providing insufficient cost recovery perpetuates the ‘non-profit starvation cycle’, meaning that organisations are expending more on projects than they are receiving through project-based grants. The collaborative conducted research and developed new tools and policies to help ensure that funders are adequately resourcing non-profit organisations when offering project-based grants. In late 2021, Ariadne and EDGE Funders Alliance took over the work of the collaborative and will soon launch a public repository for the resources developed through this project. FRC has commissioned a series of three articles in The Chronicle of Philanthropy; the first article synopsises the collaborative’s work and lessons about the importance of equity; the second article introduces results of a new research report from Humentum commissioned by FRC; and the third is forthcoming.

ARIADNE’S PORTAL: We recently launched Ariadne’s new portal! If you haven’t yet logged in, please do so here (NB: your username is your email address). Need assistance? Take a look at our guide or email

MICRO PORTAL TRAINING SESSIONS: Learn how to use the new Ariadne Portal in this 30-minute training session. Ariadne members are encouraged to join one of these micro training sessions, to find out how to make the most of our new site! To register, click here.

(DIGITAL POWER) OFFICE HOURS: MEET WITH MAYA: Maya Richman, the project lead of Ariadne’s digital power programme, would like to offer ‘office hours’ for Ariadne members. Are you interested in discussing issues related to technology and data and the intersection of human rights? Are you looking for resources to inform your grantmaking but don’t know where to start? Book a 30-minute conversation with Maya here.

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


New Research, Articles and Judgements

2022 Media Freedom Report: A free and diverse media is important in any democracy. In order to have a lively and vibrant public debate, citizens need to be informed about what their political representatives are up to. The work of journalists and media workers makes this possible. However, media freedom is declining in the EU. Many countries show problems in the areas analysed and while the erosion of media freedom in some states has caught the public eye, the situation is worsening across the Union. The Civil Liberties Union for Europe has produced the first annual report on media freedom in the EU. The report was written with the help of Liberties’ member and partner organisations in 15 EU countries and used collected case studies. The Media Freedom Report 2022 focuses on four topics: media freedom and pluralism, safety and protection of journalists, freedom of expression and access to information and lastly the enforcement of laws.

Counter the digital monoculture: Building an inclusive digital environment: Hivos sees vital opportunities to support creatives and build alternative digital spaces and activist communities that will stand up to the digital monoculture. They are essential if we want to imagine and work towards a more humane and sustainable digital future. For its new report, Hivos interviewed seven future-oriented activists, artists, and academics, and asked them, “How can we counter the digital monoculture?” The interviews cover a wide range of topics, from indigenous futurism to afro-feminism, speculative storytelling, and the need for a fossil-free internet. A recurring theme is the importance of amplifying the work of activists, artists, and filmmakers to reach wide audiences with narratives that focus on humane digital futures.

Decolonize Data: We see donors and leading practitioners making a sincere move to decolonize aid. However, if we are truly committed to decolonizing the practices in aid, then we must also examine the ownership and flow of data. Decolonizing data, says this article for SSIR, would not only help ensure that the benefits of data accrue directly to the rightful data owners but also open up more intentional data sharing driven by the rightful data owners—the communities we claim to empower.

The Intersectionality and Cybersecurity Toolkit: In 2021 the UK Government published its Integrated Review, detailing its foreign policy goals and objectives for the coming years. It outlined the UK Government’s interest in acting as a ‘force for good’ across all aspects of foreign policy, with commitments to defend universal human rights, promote gender equality, and promote effective and transparent governance. The review also highlights the UK Government’s priority in becoming a responsible and leading cyberpower. This toolkit from the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy looks at how these two goals overlap: as the UK Government continues to invest in cyber, how can cybersecurity prioritise human rights, equality, and transparency? To explore this question, this toolkit offers an intersectional lens as an ideal method to understand and encourage the nexus of these interests. In doing so, it provides a new vision of who cybersecurity is for: instead of the needs of the state, the focus falls to the needs of people.

How can we protect journalists in times of crisis? This column for OpenGlobalRights uses data to examine the threats to journalists worldwide.

Fidesz won again because the opposition’s only policy was hating Orbán: The far-Right party’s opponents needed to fight for people’s lives, not technocratic norms. But it’s Roma and LGBTQ people who will pay the price, says Adam Ramsay in this article for openDemocracy.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

CHARTS & MAP: Europe’s embrace of Ukrainian refugees, explained in six charts and one map: Europe hasn’t seen an exodus of this scale and speed since World War II. Equally unprecedented is the welcoming attitude that countries neighbouring Ukraine have had toward these refugees. Race, culture, and religion certainly play a role in the warm welcome fleeing Ukrainians have received. But Vox illustrates that recent history is another factor through this series of charts and map.

UPDATES: Digital rights in the Russia-Ukraine conflict: Access Now seeks to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. They have created a page through which they share the latest updates on the rapidly evolving Russia-Ukraine conflict.

ARTICLE: Your life is under threat. You might have to run any second. What do you take? From those at risk of wildfires to activists facing death threats – thousands of people around the world keep a bag ready to flee. What do they pack? Asks Corinne Redfern in this article for The Guardian.

READING LIST: Power dynamics at play in social change: Ahead of the 2022 Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, “Power at Play in Social Change,” SSIR has compiled a reading list of articles exploring shifts in philanthropy, place-based social change, public interest technology, and more.

REVIEW: Hundefreund puts Germany’s microaggressions under the microscope: This gal-dem review of Hundefreund, a short film which, through dark humour and careful insight, tells the story of two people stuck having a conversation about racism that neither wants to have. Through exploring a hellish date, this film makes a striking comment about Germany’s uncomfortable relationship with race.

OPINION: Colonial taxes built Britain. That must be taught in lessons on Empire: In this opinion piece for openDemocracy, Gurminder K. Bhambra writes about how UK government ministers want the British Empire’s benefits taught in schools, and urges readers not to let them ignore the death and destruction it inflicted.

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


Breaking the starvation cycle: How international funders can stop trapping their grantees and start building their resilience: The Overhead Myth that suggests that low overheads in non-profits is a sign of efficiency has led to many donors underfunding the associated administration costs of their project grants and driven a vicious ‘starvation cycle’. Funders for Real Cost, Real Change (FRC) commissioned this Humentum research and report to gather evidence on the extent to which international donor funding covers the real administration costs of national NGOs. The report also offers recommendations on how funders could provide adequate cost coverage and strengthen their grantees’ financial health and resilience.

Philanthropic response to the war in Ukraine: As the crisis unfolds, Candid is continuously providing updates on philanthropic efforts to support the people of Ukraine. In this blog, Funding for Ukraine: An incomplete response, Rachel Thomas of HRFN shares how the mapping indicates gaps in the human rights and democracy response.

European philanthropy launches portals for philanthropy, NGOs to support Ukraine: This Alliance Magazine blog looks at the launch of integrated online portals and by key partners from across the philanthropy sector. The initiative aims to better coordinate the efforts, initiatives and calls for donations from the European philanthropy sector and NGO community in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Adaptation in the face of war: the experience of the Zagoriy Foundation: In this blog for WINGS, the staff of Zagoriy Foundation in Ukraine share how they have remained loyal to their mission and stuck to it in the harrowing new conditions.

Money is political: FRIDA has been selected for a $10 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, a US-based philanthropist (and former spouse of Amazon founder and executive chairman, Jeff Bezos), who has been in the news for donating $8 billion in the past two years to non-profits. In this article, FRIDA writes that although they are humbled and excited, they acknowledge the source of MacKenzie Scott’s wealth and its association with one of the most exploitative companies in the world.  As a feminist fund, FRIDA sees its role in philanthropy as a political act, recognising that philanthropic giving exists because of inequality and exploitation. FRIDA – and a growing number of feminist funds – are interrogating the question of how to absorb philanthropic dollars from violent systems of capitalism as a means of reparations. Money is always political, and FRIDA commits to using these funds as part of its larger reparative approach to wealth redistribution, shifting resources back to the hands of its communities.

So, you want to do a participatory strategy? In this blog for Alliance, Rachel Stephenson Sheff, Managing Director at I.G. Advisors, shares how to do a participatory strategy properly.

What would the world look like if we trusted the power and vision of young feminists? In this letter and illustration, the Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Feminists, share what they believe the world would look like if the philanthropic community were to become a more trusting partner to young feminist movements.

What philanthropy can learn from social movements if we really listen: In environments defined by uncertainty, movement leaders assume that even the best-laid plans will encounter sudden storms, impasses, and rough terrain – and sometimes sticking to the plan means squandering big opportunities. So, they embark on new strategies with the confidence, fortitude, and ingenuity to navigate inevitable detours and take advantage of shortcuts that appear along the way. In this blog for Alliance, Annie Hillar of Gender Funders CoLab and Katrin Wilde of Channel Foundation ask, what if funders approached grantmaking in the way social movement leaders approach their most pressing challenges?

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 19th MayWe would love to hear from you! Please contact us by Tuesday 17th May if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue.


Jobs and Tenders

Senior Programme Manager, Labour Rights – Laudes Foundation: Laudes Foundation is seeking a Programme Manager for Labour Rights. This role has a particular focus on managing and developing partnerships that use transparency for accountability, and nurturing collaboration with the Foundation’s Finance and Built Environment programmes. The successful candidate will support the design and delivery of Labour Rights grants by identifying and supporting interventions in the field that address the dual crises of inequality and climate breakdown. Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands or London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 14th April 2022.

Videographer – Funders for Real Cost, Real Change: As part of the effort to communicate to foundations the importance of full cost recovery and the approaches towards ensuring it, Ariadne and EDGE Funders Alliance – through Funders for Real Cost, Real Change – are seeking a consultant to develop attention-grabbing videos based on case studies. The videos will feature 5 funders (2 in the US, 2 in Europe and 1 in Latin America) and their partners (likely based in the Global South: Africa, Latin America and maybe one or two in the Global North) to highlight changes foundations have made as well as the impact this has had in their partner’s work and organisational capacity. These videos should tell a compelling story and bring to life the values that drive this project. Deadline for applications is 25th April.

Communications Officer – Sigrid Rausing Trust: The Sigrid Rausing Trust is looking for a Communications Officer to co-ordinate and execute its internal and external communications activities, working to capture and reflect the ‘voice’ of the Trust. Using this developed voice, the successful candidate will synthesize the Trust’s communications through developing grantee stories alongside the programme staff; maintaining and updating the website; posting the work of the Trust’s grantees on social media and supporting the Senior Management Team with staff communication with trustees. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 18th April.

Trustees x 4 – The Bromley Trust: The Bromley Trust is looking for up to 4 trustees to share responsibility for governing the charity and directing how it is managed and run. The new trustees will help the Trust effectively distribute its limited resources to charities operating in the UK and have an enthusiasm for human rights and prison reform. The Trust is looking for people who have good strategic thinking skills, sound judgement, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a small friendly team. One of the four candidates will be some one with the financial qualifications and experience necessary to take over as Treasurer. The Trust is keen to hear from people with experience of working for progressive social change, e.g. through the political system, policy or advocacy work, campaigning, or grant-making. Deadline for applications is 25th April.

Knowledge and Learning Officer (Facilitation and Insights) – National Lottery Community Fund: The National Lottery Community Fund is recruiting for a Knowledge and Learning Officer (Facilitation and Insights). The Fund is interested in the difference its grants make to people and communities, their impact, and what it can learn from the projects it supports. The successful candidate will organise and facilitate events and networks that help the Fund deepen its knowledge and generate new evidence. Location: Remote, UK. However, the Fund will be moving to hybrid working later this year so regular presence at one of its offices across the UK will be required. Deadline for applications is 24th April.

Advocacy Lead (EU) – Mozilla Foundation: The Mozilla Foundation Advocacy team is seeking an EU-based campaigner to help design and implement campaigns that advance its goals in this region. Mozilla’s advocacy programme focuses on holding companies accountable for building trustworthy AI and offering users a safe and fair experience online. To do this, the team designs campaigns calling on specific product and policy changes and generates earned media of its work to key audiences like policy-makers. Location: Remote UK, Berlin Office, Remote Germany. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Operations Manager – Global Philanthropy Project: Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people in the Global South and East. GPP is looking for an Operations Manager to handle the organisation’s fiscal, human resources, and technology operations. Location: Remote, USA. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Programme Officer, Racial Justice – Wellspring Philanthropic Fund: Wellspring Philanthropic Fund’s Racial Justice Programme (RJP) seeks to confront and dismantle entrenched racism and related intersecting systems of oppression, and to build a racially just society in which Black people in all their diversity experience liberation, safety, and dignity. The Fund is looking for a Programme Officer to join the Racial Justice Programme, who will lead a new portfolio of work dedicated to transforming the United States’ racialised economic system. This new Liberation Economy theme aims to build a more inclusive economy in which Black people and all people of colour have their basic economic needs met, have economic safety and security, have their labour properly valued and compensated, and are able to leverage economic power to improve life chances. Location: NYC, USA. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is also recruiting for 2 x Programme Officers, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression.

Grants Manager – Trust for London: Trust for London is looking for a Grants Manager with a keen interest in tackling the root causes of poverty and inequality in the capital, and a commitment to enabling people with first-hand experience of these issues to be at the forefront of campaigns for change. In addition to grants assessments and management, the Grants Manager will be expected to undertake proactive work in the programme areas identified as priorities for the Trust. The Trust is keen to strengthen its knowledge of the disability sector as they are investing substantially in strengthening Deaf and Disabled People’s organisations in London, so experience of working in this sector would be an advantage. Location: Hybrid; at least 40% at the London office, and up to 60% working from home. Deadline for applications is 25th April.

*For more jobs, see the ‘Career Opportunities’ section of the Ariadne portal. To address pay gaps in the charity sector, we strongly encourage you to #showthesalary in your job adverts.


Public Meetings


May 30th – June 1st
Philea Forum 2022: The night is darkest just before the dawn. Against the backdrop of the greatest crisis faced since World War II, and with just eight years to go to meet the targets set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there has never been a more opportune time for philanthropic institutions and national associations of donors and foundations to come together as one – with each other and with other sectors. Only by working together can we see the dawn of a new era with sustainable solutions to the complex and interconnected challenges we face regarding health, climate, culture, and inclusion. The Forum will be the first to be organised as a “converged” event, involving foundations and national associations alike. As 2022 marks the Year of European Youth, the Forum will engage participants in a conversation around three overlapping strands, while ensuring the voice of and focus on young people remains a constant throughout: one planet, one health; united in diversity; and culture and creativity catalysing change. This event will take place in Barcelona from 30th May to 1st June.



May 5th
‘Difficult patients’: Distinction and inequality of black women in reproductive care: In the city of Rio de Janeiro, typical users of clinics of the Brazilian Family Health Strategy are black women who suffer from chronic diseases, mothers, and beneficiaries of income transfer programmes. Informally, bureaucratic staff sometimes describe them as ‘difficult patients.’ Jaciane Milanezi explores how the categorisation ‘difficult’ has influenced experience of accessing reproductive care within these clinics by mostly black and poor women. First, she analyses how ‘difficult’ semantics has led to a social differentiation of health care patients, based on racial reproductive stigmas and service eligibility from an assessment of the behaviour of these women. Second, she presents how discriminatory experiences emerge within these bureaucracies insofar as health professionals mobilise the notion of ‘difficult patients’ in the decision-making processes of reproductive services. Through approaches of intersectionality, reproductive politics, and governance by the State, she argues that bureaucratic mediation is a mechanism for transforming social distinctions into social inequalities. This event will take place online and in Geneva, Switzerland on 5th May.



May 19th
Today’s fight for open society: You are invited by LSE to join this conversation between Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations and Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE. For decades, democracy and human-rights advocates have assumed that a growing number of governments were embracing democracy, freedom, and the international law. Yet today, 38 percent of the world’s population live in countries which are not free – the highest proportion in a quarter of a century. As the enemies of open society further accelerate their attacks, and Ukraine becomes the frontline in a systems-breaking clash between democracy and authoritarianism, where do we turn next in today’s fight for open society? This event will take place online and in London, United Kingdom on 19th May.



April 13th
Feminist Foreign Policy Summit: It has become clear that the major challenges of our time cannot be addressed by ‘business as usual’ foreign policy – or by frameworks that continue to prioritise power, domination, and the procurement of weapons over the well-being of people and our environment. Only new approaches, perspectives, and rebalanced power dynamics can achieve justice, equality, and sustainable peace. In partnership with the governments of Canada, Sweden, and Mexico, more than 15 leading civil society organisations, and the Open Society Foundations, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy will host the first ever Feminist Foreign Policy Summit. The Summit will be an opportunity to: bring together the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of Feminist Foreign Policy to support the exchange of best practices, knowledge, and expertise; support advocacy efforts for the uptake of Feminist Foreign Policy among new actors; and take a stand against global inequality and exclusion. Panels will cover topics such as climate justice; demilitarisation and disarmament; understanding and countering transnational anti-gender campaigns; decolonising foreign policy; and more. This online event will take place on 13th April.

14th April
Survivor-centred documentation of conflict-related sexual violence: The Murad Code project: Following the release of the Murad Code at the UN Security Council open debate on conflict-related sexual violence, you are invited to join an expert panel discussion hosted by the Institute for International Criminal Investigations and Nadia’s Initiative on what ‘survivor-centred’ information-gathering, documentation, investigation, and reporting means from the perspectives of survivors. This online event will take place on 14th April.

April 14th
The future of UK charities: Ensuring sustainability post-Covid and responding to the Charities Act: The financial resilience of the charity sector was significantly weakened by the turbulence of the pandemic, and as demands on charities increased and economic uncertainty surged, many charities have been forced to curtail or shut down operations. The Charities Act aims to ease struggles in the sector; tackling red tape and removing administrative and legal burdens, to save money and time. Whilst the Act has been welcomed across the charity sector, some have suggested that it is a missed opportunity to make fundamental reforms. Such challenges have largely concerned the position and status of the Charity Commission, as the regulator must currently defer to the attorney general, requiring permission in order to fully exercise its powers. This symposium will be an opportunity to assess opportunities for progress in the charity sector, evaluating the impact of the Charities Act and formulating strategies for a resilient future. This online event will take place on 14th April.

April 19th
Participatory grantmaking and trust based philanthropy: Participatory grantmaking and trust-based philanthropy have gained sector-wide recognition over the last several years as more and more funders explore ways to alleviate power imbalances by centering the expertise of non-profit and community leaders. While the two approaches are neither identical nor mutually exclusive, they are grounded in many shared values. As a result, many trust-based funders are exploring participatory grantmaking as a strategy to redistribute power; and on the flipside, many participatory grantmakers are exploring ways to embed trust-based grantmaking practices such as multi-year unrestricted funding and streamlined paperwork. You are invited to join the Participatory Grantmaking Community & Trust Based Philanthropy Project for a webinar exploring the intersections of these two approaches, as well as the opportunities and challenges of taking an integrated approach. Participants will hear from three practitioners that are intentionally working at the intersection of these two approaches, as they discuss their lessons, questions, and visions for integrating community expertise and trust-building into their grantmaking strategies. The online event will take place on 19th April.


April 21st
Nations in Transit 2022: From Central Europe to Central Asia, democracy is in danger – from within and without. As the Kremlin continues its brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, the 2022 edition of the Nations in Transit report finds a continued, concerning decline of democratic norms and practices across this important region. You are invited to join Freedom House for a conversation about democracy in contemporary Europe and Eurasia. Since 1995, Nations in Transit has evaluated the state of democracy in the 29-country region stretching from Central Europe to Central Asia. It consists of narrative country profiles and numerical ratings assigned to seven categories that represent the institutional underpinnings of liberal democracy in each country. This online event will take place on 21st April.

April 21st
Let’s build peace here and now: In the next episode of ‘Let’s build peace: here and now’ hosted by the Foundations for Peace Network, Serbian peacebuilders Jelena Memet, Anita Pantelić and Galina Maksimović will talk about the ways in which ‘war’ continues in Serbia highlighting the economic dimensions of conflict. Equally they will draw attention to the interminable and complex nature of peace building efforts years after the war has ended: the long history of how young women in Serbia have resisted war as well as their efforts to create spaces for dialogue and build solidarity to this day. You are invited to join us this 90-minute conversation, moderated by Barry Knight, which will be structured as a dialogue for deep listening, for understanding and learning from each other. The online event will take place on 21st April.

April 27th
What will the environmental crisis mean for different social groups? At this event, NPC will introduce its work on how the climate and nature crises are affecting people with health conditions, young people, people on low incomes, and those from minority ethnic communities. There will also be a presentation of NPC’s plans to work with charities to accelerate action in the social sector to respond to the crisis. NPC’s Principal of Effective Philanthropy, Liz Gadd, and Head of Policy and External Affairs, Leah Davis, will be joined by Dom Higgins of The Wildlife Trusts and Jabeer Butt of Race Equality Foundation. This online event will take place on 27th April.

May 3rd
Evacuating women judges in Afghanistan: A tale of international feminist solidarity: You are invited to join LSE for the second annual Wollstonecraft Society Lecture which will be delivered by Helena Kennedy QC. The fall of Kabul last summer was a minute-by-minute tragedy, as the Taliban swept to power and many Afghans desperately tried to escape. Among the most vulnerable were women lawyers who had formerly stood up to the Taliban, and as the ‘death lists’ began to circulate, these women had the most to lose. But as we witnessed the rolling back of human rights, the events of last August also summoned acts of immense courage and selflessness. In the spirt of Mary Wollstonecraft, Baroness Kennedy will share the extraordinary stories behind the evacuation of Afghan women judges following the fall of Kabul, and her own connection to their escape. This exchange will examine the hopes for women’s rights internationally, set the story we all watched on the news into the framework of international justice, and consider those who are left behind. The online event will take place on 3rd May.

May 5th
Learning labs: Using creative methods to collect data: Traditional data collection methods, such as surveys and interviews, have some challenging limitations for many respondents, e.g., not everybody is able to complete an online survey due to language or technology barriers, and how do you get responses from children that are too young to take part in interviews? Not only can they pose challenges for inclusive and accessible data collection, they also often pre-determine the conversation in a specific way. Creative methods, such as drawings, video or audio recordings, diaries, and storytelling, can be impactful tools for data collection, not only to achieve increased inclusivity but also to hand power and authorship over to the participants and include them more directly in evaluations or research projects. This session will cover how to use some of the more common creative tools and introduces case studies of organisations that are successfully applying creative methods in their own monitoring and evaluation work. This online event will take place on 5th May.

May 13th
Queer Leadership Summit 2022: This one-day virtual experience is designed to equip LGBTQ+ leaders with tools and knowledge for building a more inclusive, healthier, and sustainable Queer Future. The event will bring LGBTQ+ leaders together through a schedule of wellbeing workshops, self-empowerment sessions and inspiring speaker panels. Through shared experience, story-telling and personal discovery, the agenda has been designed to inspire and empower; equipping participants with the necessary tools, knowledge, and passion they need to collectively create change within their own communities and organisations. This online event will take place on 13th May.



May 30th – June 2nd
2022 World Justice Forum: Building more just communities: The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the longstanding structural inequalities and governance weaknesses that threaten progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambitious global goal to ‘leave no one behind.’ If communities are to achieve a just recovery, withstand the next shock, and fulfil the promise of sustainable development for all, they must strengthen the rule of law. You are invited to join the World Justice Project, its partners, and hundreds of rule of law changemakers around the globe at World Justice Forum 2022: Building More Just Communities. Plenary sessions will feature leading voices in justice, equal rights and accountability. Dozens of working sessions will invite interactive agenda-setting across the Forum’s three themes: Access to Justice; Equal Rights and Non-Discrimination; and Open Government and Anti-Corruption. The event will take place from 30th May to 2nd June in The Hague, The Netherlands and online.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Zennström Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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