Ariadne’s Thread – February 2019

Ariadne’s Thread – February 2019
February 20, 2019 Hannah Stevens

February 2019

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 – 2019 ARIADNE POLICY BRIEFING: Ariadne is pleased to announce that the 2019 Ariadne Policy Briefing will be held Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th April 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Join us for two and a half days of networking, understanding the cutting-edge issues for European funders, improving your grant-skills and having an enjoyable time in the company of fellow funders and grantmakers. The Briefing will include a selection of visits to local sites of interest to human rights and social change funders, several breakouts and plenary sessions, a grant skills workshop, structured networking, and open spaces that participants can use to organise meetings or group discussions on the day. Click here for the agenda, and here to register.

REGISTER NOW – PHILANTHROPY FOR PEACEBUILDING: The Social Change Initiative would like to invite you to ‘Philanthropy for Peacebuilding: Insights from Northern Ireland.’ Ahead of the Policy Briefing, this is a timely and important workshop for grantmakers on strategies and approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation in divided/conflict societies. This two-day event will take place in Belfast on 2nd & 3rd April, concluding in time for registration at the Policy Briefing. Click here for the agenda, and contact with any questions.

REGISTER NOW – 2019 ARIADNE FORECAST ROUNDTABLE MEETING IN BERLIN: Ariadne is creating its fifth Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders. We will be holding our final roundtable on 28th February in Berlin (in German). The meeting will focus on relevant trends in the field of social change and human rights at national, European and global levels and in the philanthropic field itself. The meeting will open with the results of a short survey of pivotal grant-makers in the region. Senior Forecasters Ise Bosch, Founder and CEO of Dreilinden, and Matthias Fiedler of Bewegungsstiftung will then offer expert input, and there will be an open discussion between funders. The results of the survey and roundtables will be collated into the 2019 Ariadne Forecast for publication by the end of March. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW – CLIMA FUND: THE UNDERPINNING STORIES DIALOGUE SERIES: What is capacity and why (or why not) is it important to climate action? In this session, participants will explore how funders assess and understand efficiency in grantmaking and on-the-ground work, and what some of our assumptions are about grantee partner capacity. In the context of climate, what constitutes efficient and resourced work? This webinar is organised by CLIMA Fund, and co-sponsored by Ariadne and several other networks. The event will take place online on Thursday 28th February at 17.00-18.30 GMT. To register, please click here.

SUBMIT YOUR GRANTS DATA NOW: The Advancing Human Rights research is a collaboration between Candid (formerly known as Foundation Center), Ariadne, Human Rights Funders Network and Prospera. It tracks the evolving state of global human rights philanthropy by collecting and analysing grants data. Its goal is to help human rights funders and advocates make more informed decisions, discover opportunities for collaboration, and increase the effectiveness of their work. Foundations can now submit their 2017 and 2018 grants using this template. If you use software from any of these providers to manage your grants, you can simply export your data into the template. Please email your grants information to as early as possible, but by 30th June at the latest.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: A half-hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 12th March at 15:00 GMT. 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 click here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

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


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Reframing Migration Narratives Toolkit: This toolkit from the International Centre for Policy Advocacy is a set of resources for progressive campaigners working to put diversity and inclusion back on the public/policy agenda and counter populist narratives.

Immigration & Refugee Protection Ireland: This Irish research into public attitudes towards immigration and refugee protection was commissioned by The Social Change Initiative to inform policy-makers and support the work of civil society organisations working on these issues. This research forms part of a larger initiative to support effective communications for individual activists and organisations with an interest in immigration and refugee protection issues. It will also be of interest to those who are committed to address the threats to open and inclusive societies.

Meet FRIDA & the FBomb’s Four Fellows: FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund has announced the first four fellows in its young feminist media fellowship. The aim of the fellowship is to unearth more stories of young feminist activism in new, creative ways, and for them to be told by young feminists themselves. Some of their stories are now online.

The 2019 European Election: How Anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop it: As part of its ‘Unlocking Europe’s Majority’ project, the European Council on Foreign Relations  has published its new report, ‘The 2019 European Election: How Anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop it.’ This is the most comprehensive mapping yet of the impacts of anti-European parties ahead of May’s European Parliament elections. The study will be supplemented by further reports as well as polling across Member States throughout the election cycle, which will identify the battleground issues for political parties; the standout concerns of voters in 15 EU Member States; and the impacts the results will have on major policy areas, such as foreign affairs, defence, security, and economics. See also this podcast, EU Elections: Could anti-Europe parties wreck the EU from within?

Policing by Machine: Predictive Policing and the Threat to our Rights: This report  from Liberty looks at how police forces across the UK are using predictive policing programs to predict where and when crime will happen – and even who will commit it. These opaque computer programs use algorithms to analyse hordes of biased police data, identifying patterns and embedding an approach to policing which relies on discriminatory profiling. An algorithm is a list of rules that a computer will follow to solve a certain problem – but they also “learn” and become more autonomous when making predictions, without having to be programmed. Predictive policing programs entrench pre-existing inequalities while being disguised as cost-effective innovations in a time of austerity – and their use puts our rights at work.

Beyond the tick box: the impact of institutional bias and discrimination on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: The Traveller Movement’s annual conference in the UK brings together stakeholders in the fight for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) equality. It is an opportunity to spark ideas, promote collaboration and drive forward the agenda for justice in GRT communities. In 2018, the theme of the conference cut to the centre of the inequalities experienced by GRT communities; the institutional bias that exists across public life, from governmental departments to law enforcement institutions, is what perpetuates negative stereotypes and poor treatment of GRT people. This report summarises the conference.

Deepening Divides – How to Solve the Brexit Deadlock: A major new report from HOPE not hate, based on polling of nearly 33,000 people, reveals the true extent of Brexit divisions damaging the UK, how there has been a huge collapse in political trust, and how Theresa May’s approach to negotiations have left the country even more polarised.

Roma civil monitor pilot project: A synthesis of civil society’s reports  on the implementation of  national Roma integration strategies in the European Union has been published, focusing on structural and horizontal preconditions  for a successful implementation.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

BLOG: The right to reparation: laudable goal or empty promise? In this blog for OpenGlobalRights, Bojan Gavrilovic writes how, although human rights activists argue that victims of mass atrocities have a right to reparations, the international community still struggles around how to fulfil this right.

STORIES: “Nowhere to go” on the front lines of climate change: While global leaders negotiate a path forward, communities on the front lines of climate change are already struggling to adjust to the impacts of extreme weather, shifting seasons, and volatile temperatures. For some, the shifts have been life-altering: a family forced to flee their land for a city slum; a fisherman trying to farm because the seas are no longer productive; a drought-stricken herder who abandoned his livelihood only to see his new one threatened. Their stories are a snapshot of everyday efforts to cope, and a sign of the enormity of adapting to climate change for those already living with its impacts.

ARTICLE: What happens if Russia cuts itself off from the internet: In December, a new law was proposed in the Russian parliament which would require the country’s internet providers to ensure the independence of Russia’s internet. The regulation would mandate that Russian Internet Service Providers have the technical means to disconnect from the rest of the world and reroute internet traffic through exchange points managed by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications and media regulator. The country reportedly wants to perform this disconnection test and thus test Runet’s independence by 1st April. This article looks at how this, and other attempted internet shutdowns, illustrate just how entangled, and strong, the global internet has become.

PODCAST: Navigating double jeopardy in the social sector: In this podcast, four leaders discuss the racial and gender stereotypes that stymie black women and offer advice on how to create more inclusive work environments.

COMIC: Ola: ‘Ola’, a unique staged-release comic from PositiveNegatives, highlights the challenges confronted by many young people who are undocumented and have irregular immigration status. Despite being smart, outgoing and popular Ola is desperately trying to keep a secret from her friends. At the start of the school year she meets a new transfer student, Sai. As Ola and Sai get to know each other their connection begins to grow, that is, until Ola’s secrets start to catch up to her.

BLOG: Just how likely is it the Human Rights Act could be scrapped? Human rights are some of the most longstanding British traditions alive, often dated all the way back to Magna Carta. Somewhat conversely though, they feel continually under threat, with one expert saying recent questions over their future could leave Great Britain a “rung below Russia”. In this blog for RightsInfo, Jem Collins asks just how likely it is the UK Human Rights Act could be scrapped.

BLOG: UN Human Rights Committee brings new vitality to the right to life: In this blog for OpenGlobalRights, Lucy McKernan and Bret Thiele write how, through its expanding jurisprudence on the right to life, the UN Human Rights Committee has given advocates on economic and social rights a powerful new enforcement tool.

BLOG: Ten ways to make your charity genuinely digital: This NPC blog shares ten lessons from experts on how trustees can help their charities put digital thinking at the heart of their strategies.

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


What we can learn from feminists who fund themselves: In this OpenGlobalRights blog, Tenzin Dolker of AWID argues that, now more than ever, feminist organisations need to deepen the search for autonomous resourcing models that work for their movements, on their own terms.

Closing Civil Society Space: What Environmental Funders Need to Know: This guide for environmental funders on closing civil society space is the result of a number of discussions hosted over the past year by the environmental funders working group of the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS). The group, co-convened with Global Greengrants Fund, is made up of environmental funders working to understand how an enabling environment for environmental protection can help to underpin crucial climate, biodiversity, and landscape conservation goals. This guide is a calling card, to help capture what we know about the drivers and impacts of closing space for environmental protection, and what strategies funders are employing to counter it. Further research and analysis is needed, and the group will continue to work together to tackle these knowledge gaps in 2019. To join the working group, please get in touch with or

Snapshots of the sector 2019: Brexit: Charities are frozen by uncertainty about Brexit, but should the sector be doing more to speak up? NPC recently conducted 18 interviews with stakeholders from across the social sector, including sector leaders working in foundations, charities, public sector, cross-sector organisations, and professional services firms from across the UK. These interviews form the basis of a series of snapshots – looking at the issues which matter today, of which this  snapshot is the first.

Duty to care? How to ensure grantmaking helps and doesn’t hinder: The day-to-day existence of voluntary organisations continues to be precarious, and they report that the challenges facing the most vulnerable in society are deepening. Institute for Voluntary Action Research believes that foundations could be making adaptations to their grant-making practices in response to the circumstances and needs of small to medium voluntary organisations. This study looks at examples of foundation practice from applications through to reporting, and proposes actions and questions that other funders might consider.

Race to Lead: Women of Colour in the Nonprofit Sector: This report focuses on how women of colour encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of colour. It argues that education and training are not the solution – women of colour with high levels of education are more likely to be in administrative roles and are more likely to report frustrations about inadequate and inequitable salaries. Building Movement Project’s call to action focuses on systems change, organisational change, and individual support for women of colour in the sector.

We need to fix implicit bias in philanthropy. Here’s how: This article highlights how social innovators who don’t fit a certain profile face a clear disparity in philanthropic investment. It argues that the unwritten rules of the social entrepreneurship funding landscape form a labyrinth of invisible barriers to capital, every decision influenced by unconscious bias. The problem is systemic. The authors tell us that if we are to break down those barriers, we in the funding community need to take a critical look at ourselves. If we truly value a culture of philanthropy that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, there’s hard work to be done.

Now is the perfect time for a Citizens’ Assembly: In this article, Andrew McCracken of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland explains how, recently, they and Building Change Trust provided funding for the Citizens’ Assembly delivered by Involve. He describes how the first meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly proved to be a breath of fresh air, following the stagnation of the Stormont Executive which went into shutdown exactly two years ago.

GDPR and the Impact on CSOs and their Funders: OSF and Data Protection Support & Management are producing a report on the implications of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation on the non-profit sector. They hope to publish best practices for NGO compliance as they are concerned that NGOs are over-complying with GDPR and therefore harming their operations. They also hope to look at whether and how GDPR is used by political opponents against NGOs with the intention of harming them. They are asking representatives of foundations who are familiar with GDPR to complete a survey on their organisation’s experiences by 28th February. This will take 15 minutes to complete and can be saved and returned to at any time. They also ask that participants invite a dozen of their grantees to complete the questionnaire. Ideally, this would be a mix of small and bigger groups operating locally or internationally. They are predominantly looking at NGOs based in Europe, even though NGOs based anywhere in the world which handle data of Europeans will need to comply with GDPR. Should you have any questions, please contact

Cultivating, Not just Calculating, Social Impact: This article argues that a new impact investing metric cannot only help investors estimate the social impact of their investments, but also foster more thoughtful strategies for promoting social and environmental good.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 21st March. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 19th March if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue.


Jobs and Tenders

Deputy Director – Disability Rights Fund: The Disability Rights Fund and its sister organisation, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, are seeking an experienced, dynamic and committed Deputy Director. This new position has been established with the aim of supporting internal operational management and dedicating time, attention, and expertise to organisational development, enabling the Executive Director to increase focus on external field-building, representational, and fundraising areas. Location: Boston MA, United States. Deadline for applications is 28th February 2019.

Senior Coordinator – End Violence Investors Forum: Ignite Philanthropy is looking for a Senior Coordinator to lead all aspects of the End Violence Investors Forum. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include generating the 2019-2020 strategy and work plan, developing and expanding donor participant relationships, overseeing the development of a compelling narrative for donor participation, facilitating donor action hubs, planning all Forum meetings and events, and selecting and managing external vendors as needed to accomplish Forum objectives. Location flexible, but North America or Europe preferred. Deadline for applications is 10th March 2019.

Programme Officer, Campaigns – Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation is looking for a dynamic Programme Officer who will also spearhead a new grant-making campaigns strategy to stop online abuse. This will include holding technology companies accountable, increasing investments in technological solutions, and building new pressure groups. The person will also work closely with the Director and the team to strengthen the Foundation’s campaigning work across the grant portfolio. Location: Geneva, Switzerland or Chapel Hill, United States. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Oak Foundation is also recruiting a Programme Associate, for the same programme.

Program Officer – Open Society Foundations: OSF is hiring a Program Officer to join its Roma Initiatives Office. The successful candidate will lead the implementation of Roma and EU Enlargement, an initiative focused on the Western Balkans and Turkey that uses a combination of civil society advocacy and government support to improve the situation of Roma in the domains of housing, employment, and public budgeting.  Location: Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications is 28th February 2019.

Evaluation of the Ideas and Pioneers Fund – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Paul Hamlyn Foundation is recruiting an evaluator for the Ideas and Pioneers Fund. The aim of the research is to understand how well the Ideas and Pioneers Fund is achieving its aims and to provide recommendations to inform the refinement of the Fund. Deadline for applications is 28th February 2019.

Grant Manager (Education and Social Justice in France) – Porticus: Porticus is seeking a Grant Manager to work in the field of social justice and education in France. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include monitoring existing grants in France and in specific areas of interest; assessing the suitability and compliance of grant applications; conducting and reviewing progress reports and impact evaluation and monitoring; and building and managing a network of implementing partners and grantees. Location: Paris, France. Deadline for applications is 1st March 2019.

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


Public Meetings

February 26th – March 2nd
2019 European Responsible Investment Conference: In the wake of the Sustainable Finance Action Plan there is a real energy surrounding sustainable finance in Europe, and ShareAction is once again gathering civil society and trade unions from the European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN) and beyond, to continue to drive the conversation ahead and plan joint action. The event will take place between 25th and 26th February in Brussels, Belgium.  

April 7th – 13th
RESCALED: Launch conference of movement for small scaled detention: You are invited to learn more and exchange ideas about the penal transition based on an innovative paradigm. Participants will share experiences and insights from the transition theory, criminological and penological innovations, and work together on a strategic programme for RESCALED. The event will take place on 10th April 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.


Le 24 Février – Le 2 Mars
Le mouvement des Gilets Jaunes: Imprévu, le mouvement social des Gilets jaunes reprend néanmoins un répertoire assez classique de la vie politique française. A cinq mois des élections européennes, et dans un contexte de montée des populismes, il ébranle le système politique de l’un des pays fondateurs de l’Union. Il revêt de ce fait une importance politique qui dépasse les frontières de l’Hexagone. La reunion déroulera en français, le 26 février a Genève en Suisse.

February 24th – March 2nd
Press freedom and journalists under attack: In 2018, violence against journalists reached “unprecedented levels” according to Reporters Without Borders, which has raised the alarm about the growing number of journalists and other media workers killed, attacked or jailed. Physical attacks and the growing number of assaults on the credibility of journalists and media organisations in many countries are taking a heavy toll on media freedom. The journalistic profession appears to be facing an existential threat, as its role within society and democratic space is being questioned. What is spurring this growing hostility and violence directed at the media and what can be done to protect professional journalists for the important work they do? Keynote address by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The event will take place on 25th February 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.


April 21st – 27th
Philanthropy Associations of The Future: This meeting will examine the philanthropy support networks and associations of the future, identifying factors that will help and hinder the development of the kinds of associations we want and need.  Philanthropy, and its context, is changing fast, and there will be new challenges and opportunities for philanthropy support associations. There is general agreement that we need a strong global ecosystem of philanthropy support, but there is little knowledge about how we will achieve it. This meeting, and the larger process of recording knowledge about philanthropic association work, will seek to help emerging and existing networks to strengthen their leadership in the philanthropic space, which in turn will strengthen their foundations’ (members) work, and ultimately, civil society. The event will take between 24th and 26th April 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica.


March 17th – 23rd
Intergenerational fairness and climate change: The long and short of it: The 2018 Prize in Honour of Alfred Nobel was won by William Nordhaus for his work on Climate Change Economics. Yet his preferred (optimal) scenario would lead to 3.5C temperature rise by 2100, 2C higher than the 1.5C limit embodied in the Paris Agreement. This inaugural lecture will explain how disagreement on notions of fairness can explain this disparity. The event will take place on 19th March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 18th – 29th
Bearing witness: The ethics and practice of conflict reporting in South Sudan: Journalism in situations of conflict is both difficult to undertake successfully and a morally ambivalent form of work. What justifies professionally recording and retelling the stories of others’ suffering? South Sudan has been in a state of conflict that is estimated to have killed over 380,000 people since 2013, yet the country barely makes international news. Working in an incredibly difficult context, journalists working in South Sudan perform difficult work of bearing witness to some of the worst consequences of this violence. Conflict journalism can be dangerous, emotionally difficult, and ethically challenging. What does it mean to try to tell stories of others suffering? To whom ought they to be told? And what justifies the journalist’s work in situations of humanitarian emergency and ongoing violence? In this exhibition, visitors will get a sense of why reporting on the conflict in South Sudan is hard for both foreign and South Sudanese journalists, how they go about it in practice and their views on what justifies the work that they do. The exhibition will be open between 18th March and 29th March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 17th – 23rd
Tackling revenge porn: Supporting victims and improving criminal justice responses: This symposium will provide an opportunity for local authorities, police, legal professionals, IT managers, counselling services, criminal prosecutors and other key stakeholders to review existing legislation and discuss further ways to tackle and deter ‘revenge pornography.’ Delegates will also explore how to raise awareness of revenge porn as a criminal offence and how best to safeguard and support victims. The event will take place on 21st March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 17th– 24th
Harnessing risk and embracing opportunity: Trustees are responsible for managing a charity’s risks. But considered risk taking, when well managed and in keeping with a charity’s values, can present an opportunity and lead to a charity achieving more for its beneficiaries. This seminar, organised by NPC and The Clothworker’s Company, will explore how considered risk taking can bring opportunities through new ways of working, partnering, fundraising or even a new strategy; examine examples of considered risk taking from trustees; and discuss the barriers and opportunities for trustees to harness risk and embrace opportunity. The event will take place on 18th March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 17th – 23rd
Bond Annual Conference: The Bond Annual Conference attracts over 1,000 people from across the international development and humanitarian sectors. NGOs, civil society leaders, funders, researchers, government and private sector come together to debate crucial current issues, share ideas and interrogate emerging trends. The conference comes at a time when civil society faces an increasingly complicated political environment and growing funding pressures. Earlybird rates until 31st December. Get a further 15% discount with code: Marnp15. The event will take place between 18th and 19th March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

February 14th – 12th May
Is This Tomorrow? In an era when humanity is facing new challenges posed by big data, bioengineering and climate change, Whitechapel Gallery has invited ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future. They imagine scenarios in which queer desire, house music and fracking meet on a mountainside; grief and microbes generate new possibilities for housing; or machines dispense objects and emotions to support our place in the technological world of tomorrow. Is This Tomorrow? features experimental propositions from some of today’s leading architects and artists responding to issues we face in the 21st century from natural resources and migration to technology and spirituality. The exhibition will be open between 14th February and 12th May 2019 in London, United Kingdom.


February 24th – March 2nd
Community foundations and their support ecosystem in Europe: The community foundation movement is evolving rapidly in Europe. Community foundations play an important role in ‘place-based’ philanthropy and act not only as vehicles for philanthropy in all its forms, but also as leaders, convenors and connectors in their locality – harnessing local energy and creativity to identify and address complex inter-related socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues. Community foundations thus act as agents for change, bridging between public, private and other philanthropic actors and actively engaging local citizens in their governance; as volunteers, in forms of participatory democracy, and in raising and channelling financial resources. DAFNE and ECFI invite you to this webinar, which is intended for foundations and philanthropy support organisations that have an interest in the work of community foundations. The webinar will take place on 25th February 2019.

March 3rd – 9th
Seizing the narrative of the European Roma – How to utilize storytelling in advocacy: In this webinar, Murray Nossel, Ph.D., Director of Narativ, will talk with Dr. Akif Kariman, a Roma leader who has played a critical role in raising the voice of the Roma in Europe since 2012. Beginning at the Salzburg Institute in 2014, Murray and Akif have worked closely together to apply storytelling in the Roma in Health Care Initiative funded by OSF. Having worked primarily in his native Macedonia, Akif has now taken a leadership role in unifying the Roma population across Europe. He will rely on listening and storytelling as a central communication modality in his effort to effect change. With examples from Akif’s own fieldwork, the webinar will look how leaders use storytelling to: inspire other leaders and advocates; find unifying themes for those they are trying to reach; explore how listening is critical to the whole enterprise; identify the obstacles that make it harder to listen; and excavate, craft and present a transformative “vision” through story. The webinar will take place on 6th March 2019.

April 14th – 20th
Spanish Language Launch of the 2015-16 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities: Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues have collaborated to release a Spanish translation of the full 2015-16 Global Resources Report. Together with ILGA World, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, GPP will host a Spanish-language launch webinar for grantmakers and civil society representatives.  The webinar will take place in Spanish on 17th April 2019.


February 24th – March 2nd
Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders: One of the most important and urgent opportunities for responsible business is to support basic human rights and those who defend them. How can companies take concrete actions to protect human rights defenders and the ‘shared space’ in which both operate? Bennett Freeman, board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, USA will present the new guidance “Shared space under pressure: business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders” and discuss corporate support for human rights. Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, will discuss the report in the context of their work to support civic freedoms and human rights defenders. The event will take place on 26th February in Oxford, United Kingdom.


March 10th – 16th
Cartooning Syria: On 15th March 2011, the demonstrations in Syria began. The world no longer seems to be paying attention to Syria, and the stories about the uprising have faded into the background. Humanity House wishes to bring these stories to the forefront, with the exhibition Cartooning Syria. The cartoons tell of the uprising and war in Syria through the eyes of Syrians, and during the opening, some of the cartoonists will tell the story behind their work. The exhibition shows cartoons and projections of more than three hundred cartoons from 39 artists; some dating from the early days of the 2011 protests. The event will take place on 14th March 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.


March 17th – 23rd
ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference: The ILGA World donor pre-conference is a multi-regional donor consultation focused on LGBTI issues, convening key public and private funders, donor governments, corporate funders, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners. Attendees will gather for an evening reception on 18th March, and a full day convening on 19th March. The event will take place between 18th and 19th March 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Ariadne is supported by the Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Adessium Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, David and Elaine Potter Foundation and Zennström Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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