Ariadne’s Thread – January 2023

Ariadne’s Thread – January 2023
January 18, 2023 Jana Stardelova

January 2023

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! 2023 ARIADNE FORECAST ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS: You are invited to contribute to Ariadne’s Forecast by attending our roundtables, which will focus on relevant trends in the field of social change and human rights at national, European, and global levels. We’ll open each meeting with the results of a short survey of grant-makers in their region. Two to three senior forecasters will join us and offer expert input, which will be followed by an open discussion. The results of the survey and roundtables will be published as the 2023 Ariadne Forecast by the end of March. For more details and to register for the location of your choice, please click on the country (please note these are funder-only events):

Italy Roundtable [Rome, Italy]
Date & Time: 01 February, 14:00 – 19:00 CET
Senior Forecasters: Giovanna Castagna – Programme Officer, Open Society Foundations; Giulia Laganà – Fund Manager, Healthy Food Healthy Planet initiative, ClimateWorks Foundation; Cecilia Anesi – President of IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy).
Moderator: Carola Carazzone, Secretary General, Assifero

Netherlands Roundtable [virtual – ZOOM]
Date & Time: 06 February, 15:30 to 17:00 CET
Senior Forecasters: Coco Jervis, Director of Programmes, Mama Cash; Amol Mehra, Director of Industry Transformation, Laudes
Moderator: Abhijit Das Program Director, Foundation Democracy and Media (SDM)

UK Roundtable [virtual – ZOOM]
Date & Time: 07 February, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT (16:30 – 18:00 CET)
Senior Forecasters: Senior Forecasters: Alex Sutton, Director of Grants, Trust for London & Sufina Ahmad MBE, Director, John Ellerman Foundation

France Roundtable  [Paris, France]
Date & Time: 14 February, 14:00 – 18:00 CET + drinks
14:00 – 16:00 Thematic roundtable: «Soutenir la démocratie en France, que nous enseigne le cas hongrois ?»
16:30 – 18:00 France Forecast Roundtable
Senior Forecasters: Jean Saslawsky, Strategic deployment project manager, Fondation de France (FdF);  Laurence Meyer, Racial and Social Justice Lead, Digital Freedom Fund (DFF).
Moderator: Inga Wachsmann, Programme Manager, Porticus

Germany [Virtual, Forecasters TBC]
Date & Time: 16 February, 15:00 – 16:30 CET.

FUNDING FOR REAL CHANGE: Funding real change is funding fully & flexibly to fight the starvation cycle: Despite civil society organisations being at the forefront of fighting the complex problems of our world, most suffer from financial instability. Learn more about the non-profit starvation cycle in this article published on Philea‘s website.

BLOG: Shifting the power; making meaningful participation a reality: In 2020, Ariadne’s member, Porticus, defined a 10-year strategy which included a commitment to ensure meaningful participation of the people affected by poverty and exclusion in all their grants and programmes. In this blog, Dennis Arends, Senior Analyst – Effective Philanthropy Group at Porticus, shares more information about their process.
BLOG: Reimagining grantmaking: Shifting power to young people: Nasra Ayub, Programs and Partnerships Associate at Ariadne’s member, Global Fund for Children raises the case for participatory grantmaking and why we must include young people in the project design and implementation. Interested? Read more.

ARIADNE’S MEMBERSHIP PORTAL: Meet our community moderators!

Markus Janzen, the Eastern Europe & CIS community co-moderator, has 14+ years of experience working with Porticus in the private philanthropy sector in ‘Central and Eastern’ Europe, particularly Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine. In his work, he has been focusing on civic engagement, youth, education, human trafficking, child protection and working with faith-based organisations.
Bailey Grey, the Disability Rights community co-moderator, is a senior consultant and executive with over 30 years of human rights policy and programmes across the globe, inspiring change at local, national, and international levels, focusing on underrepresented groups – persons with disabilities, children, women, and people living in poverty.

Log in here to connect and collaborate with other funders on Ariadne’s Membership portal! Do you have a colleague that doesn’t yet have access to the portal? They can sign up here.
Need assistance? Take a look at our guide or email
All these resources and more can be found on Ariadne’s website and Member-only portal.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Report: Rethinking data
and rebalancing
digital power: The Ada Lovelace Institute has recently published ‘Rethinking data and rebalancing digital power’ – an exploration of how to create a comprehensive and transformative vision for digital systems that corrects the current stark power imbalances between individuals, corporations and governments.

Report: Civicus Monitor Global Assessment on Protest Rights Report: Since 2017, the CIVICUS Monitor has tracked an ongoing crackdown on the right to peaceful assembly. According to CIVICUS Monitor data gathered trough the period October 2021 – September 2022, protests took place in at least 131 countries during the past year, with the majority considered peaceful. Read more here.

E-learning tools: Knowledge hub & guide on human rights messaging: Liberties has launched a e-learning platform to help human rights campaigners grow their skills in order to mobilise more support for their causes. Learn more. Make sure to also check their guide on human rights messaging.

Article: LGBTI organisations welcome EU parental recognition proposal with the best interests of the child at its core: According to ILGA-Europe and NELFA, the EU’s proposal for recognition of parenthood is a major step forward for bringing legal security for children in cross-border situations to have their family life protected and having both their parents recognised across the EU. Read the press release.

Report: Working Time and Work-Life Balance Around the World – ILO: Flexible working hours can advance economies and businesses while helping employees and families achieve a better work-life balance, according to a new report launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

REPORT: Soil to Sky Climate Solutions that Transform: CLIMA Fund—the collaboration between Global Greengrants Fund, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents, and Urgent Action Fund—has announced the launch of a new report, which demonstrates how grassroots movements are successfully mitigating climate change and transforming food and energy systems, forging a more ecologically and socially just global future. Read more.

Report: Civil society perspectives: Engagement in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in South-East Europe: The report was issued by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and highlights the role of civil society organisations (CSO) in the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated counter-terrorism strategies in South-East Europe.

Judgement: Landmark judgement from the European Court on legal gender recognition: The European Court of Human Rights issued a judgement in the case of A.D. and others v. Georgia. The Court found a violation of Article 8 (right to respect to private and family life) due to a lack of clear framework in domestic legislation governing legal gender recognition procedure (LGR). The Court reiterated that this is in contradiction of states’ positive obligation to provide quick, transparent and accessible procedures for LGR. Find out ILGA-Europe and TGEU’s joint intervention on the case. Read the full judgement.

Article: 2022 review – Climate philanthropy increased amid growing urgency: In this article, Kyoko Uchida wraps up Climate philanthropy in 2022. Are you acknowledging the need to do more when it comes to climate? Read the article to find relevant reports, data, and practices.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Resource: Promoting women’s rights: Introducing the Women’s Rights Recommendation Compliance Explorer: The Women’s Rights Recommendations and Compliance Database offers nuanced data about the types of recommendations international human rights organisations make to member states and how and why states implement those recommendations. This data focuses on three recommendation-issuing international institutions: the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). It covers the years between 2007 and 2016 and extends to all of the countries in the Council of Europe. Read the article providing an overview or access the database.

Podcast: Disability Justice and Primary Prevention Part 2: In this PreventConnect podcast episode, the presenters are exploring barriers to disability justice, resources for Practitioners who want to centre disability justice at their organisations and what disability justice advocates want to see from the field.

Publication: Safe Consultations with survivors of violence against women: UN Women shares practical steps that policymakers can take when consulting survivors f violence against women to incorporate their voices into systemic reform efforts. The guide stresses that consulting with survivors should not require them to re-tell their trauma experience. Read more.

Article: The power of donor organising: Jody Myrum and Purity Kagwiria of With and For Girls Fund and Collective share their views on how the philanthropic sector can be changed through collective learning, advocacy and organising, as well as by centring girl and young feminist activists.

Brief: Collaborative Environmental Data Stewardship: This brief by Open Environmental Data is exploring collaborative data stewardship, and the opportunities for researching ecosystem building and project application simultaneously. Access it here.

Resource: A Global Map of Internet Restrictions: The map explores internet restrictions and censorship in 175 countries to better understand which countries have a free/open Internet and which Governments impose the harshest internet restrictions. Click here to learn how your country compares to the rest of the world on internet censorship.

Report: Experiences of violence and harassment at work: A global first survey: The International Labour Organization (ILO) – Lloyd’s Register Foundation – Gallup survey is the first global exploratory exercise to measure people’s own experiences of violence and harassment at work across the world. Drawing on over 74,000 survey responses from employees across 121 countries, it finds that more than one in five (23 percent, or 743 million) workers globally experience violence and harassment. Young women were twice as likely as young men to have experienced sexual violence and harassment, especially among migrant women.

Statement: Freedom of speech is not freedom to spread racial hatred on social media: UN experts: More than two dozen UN-appointed independent human rights experts, including members of three different working groups and numerous Special Rapporteurs, called out social media giants in a detailed statement and demanded that the organisations they run “urgently address posts and activities that advocate hatred and constitute incitement to discrimination in accordance with international standards for freedom of expression.” Read more.

Video: The contribution of philanthropy to reducing inequalities: What are the major challenges in reducing inequalities and how can philanthropy contribute to the systemic changes needed? In this video, published by Robert Bosch Stiftung three experts talk about their perspectives and approaches towards a more equal world.

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


Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors releases two reports: For funders interested in protecting democracy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has created Democracy-Focused Philanthropy: Choosing Operating Models for Deeper Impact, a timely report designed to highlight the importance of centering equity and racial justice in democracy-focused philanthropy. The Shifting Power to Shift Systems: Insights and Tools for Funders report summarises insights relating to power dynamics from leaders and experts on driving systemic change.

Article series: Feminist principles of philanthropy: In a series run in partnership between Alliance Magazine and the Urgent Action Funds (UAF), these articles unpack how UAF practice their Sisterhood Feminist Principles of Philanthropy in day-to-day work.

Ford Foundation: It’s time to reimagine the role of the program officer: This article provides relevant insight and information on how to move towards trust-based philanthropy with a focus on the evolving role of the program officer. Read more.

Could happiness be a new measure for non-profit effectiveness? “What if charities were evaluated not on the basis of how much they improve people’s health or increase their incomes, but on the basis of how happy they make people?” Interested? Click to access the article.

Country Notes: Curated Resources for Making Grants Globally: Various foundations, non-profits, governments, and academic institutions in the United States and around the world use Country Notes, a regularly updated library of resources, to make grants in particular countries. To support international philanthropy, Country Notes offer essential details on domestic non-profit laws and regulations, research and reports, and local contacts. This resource, created by the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, offers non-profit law details for 35 countries. Read more here.

Report: Youth Strategic Investment Fund Summary 2017-22: YoungMinds: This report explores what YoungMinds has achieved through a five-year grant through the Youth Strategic Investment Fund. It is part of a set of three case studies that reflects on the role of long-term strategic funding in supporting organisational impact.

Podcast: A Feminist Development Policy: Funding beyond power differentials: “Funds are constantly flowing but are they reaching the people and initiatives they should be?” Make sure you tune in and listen to this podcast episode where the host, environmental justice activist, researcher and facilitator, Samie Blasingame, is joined by Angelika Arutyunova, Feminist thinker, strategist, advocate and consultant and Chantelle de Nobrega, Grants Manager at Mama Cash.

Giving website: Philanthropist and Giving Pledge signatory MacKenzie Scott has launched a philanthropy-related website and announced the name of her charitable giving organization: Yield Giving. Read more.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 16th February. We would love to hear from you! Please contact us by Tuesday 14th February if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Lead Program Officer, Community Resources (North Western Europe) – Wikimedia Foundation: The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Lead Program Officer to join their team, reporting to the Manager of Regional Programs. As the Lead Program Officer for North Western Europe (NWE), you will be responsible for managing the region’s Wikimedia Foundation Fund programs, which primarily support movement affiliate programming. The Lead Program Officer will also facilitate and support the work of the NWE Regional Fund Committee and manage a portfolio of approximately $3.5M USD. There are two rounds of funding annually which are run through a participatory grantmaking process. In addition, you will engage regularly with members of the Wikimedia Movement and serve as a bridge to understanding the communities in the region. As a member of the Community Resources team, you will support various projects on the team as well as collaborate with different teams at the Foundation to support grantee partner programmatic work.  Location: Remote. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Grants Officer – Global Fund for Children. The Grants Officer is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day efficient and accurate operation of GFC’s global grantmaking efforts. In this role, the Grants Officer will serve as the primary link between the Programs Team and the Finance Team, making sure that information collected by the Programs Staff is complete and that the correct procedures are followed to move grants into the next steps of the grants process. The Grants Officer will support grantmaking operations with Global Fund for Children’s (GFC) Washington, DC office, the UK Trust, based in London, and GFC staff dispersed throughout the globe. Location: The Grants Officer is preferred to be based in either Washington, DC, or London, but qualified candidates in any region or country are encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Grants Management Associate -Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund seeks a Grants Management (GM) Associate. The GM Associate will be a frontline provider of the grants management function in support of a range of program areas. Specifically, the GM Associate will serve to backstop the full Grants Management team during high volume periods, requiring a high degree of flexibility and an ability to liaise effectively with a variety of team members and program staff. The Grants Management Associate is a vital member of Wellspring’s operations unit, charged with monitoring a subset of grants for legal compliance and adherence to Wellspring’s internal guidelines while maintaining supportive relationships with grantee partners and contributing to the GM team as a whole. Location: New York, NY (Times Square area). Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Salary: $81,000-$95,000.

People Partner, New Initiatives – Mozilla Foundation The Mozilla Foundation is seeking a People Partner to join its People & Culture Team and provide strategic and day-to-day HR support to three Mozilla Foundation subsidiaries: MZLA Technologies, home to the Thunderbird project, a free and open-source email client; Mozilla Ventures, which will invest in companies that have a strong purpose/product fit and will appeal to consumers or influence the tech industry; and, which will help open source trustworthy AI projects to find traction and commercialise. Like the Mozilla Corporation, these initiatives will be operated as independent subsidiaries of the Mozilla Foundation. The People Partner will ensure that the three subsidiaries are supported in their growth and workforce planning. This position works with leadership to design, develop, and implement HR infrastructure to ensure the achievement of business strategic goals, using industry-specific market data to aid in decision-making. They will also build on the Foundation’s commitment to embedding diversity, equity and inclusion in all people-related programs, policies, and practices. Location: Remote, UK. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Salary: £46,884 – £57,302 (mid-point: £52,093).

Program Officer (PO) – Disability Rights Fund. DRF is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to manage our annual rounds of grantmaking in Nigeria, implementing country-specific strategies to advance the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities. The PO role is also responsible for providing oversight and support to applicants and grantees, monitoring and communicating results, integrating lessons learned, and contributing to refinement of the grantmaking process toward incorporating best practices in funding disability rights and inclusive development in the Global South. They will work closely with the Regional Head of Programs-Africa (RHOP), as well as our Advocacy, Technical Assistance (TA), Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Communications, and Development staff to ensure that DRF grantmaking in Nigeria is well-aligned, executed, evaluated and reported. The ideal candidate will take an intersectional approach to advancing disability justice, human rights and gender equality. Persons with disabilities in Nigeria are strongly encouraged to apply. Location: Nigeria. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Learning partner – Fenomenal Funds is looking for a Learning Partner to support us in learning about the change resulting from the work of our unique model. Interested? Know anyone or a group? Please share with your networks. For more information see the description for Expression of Interest: Expression of interest letters and accompanying documents are due by UTC 13:00 February 14th, 2023.

Various positions – La Fondation Abbé Pierre
Various positions – Fondation de France
Various positions – Wikimedia Foundation
Various positions – Open Society Foundations
Various positions – American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
Various positions – Firelight Foundation


Management Assistant – Porticus. The Management Assistant will report to the Head of CEO Office/Business Manager CEO and is part of the CEO Office. The CEO Office functions as a bridge between the CEO, the MT and the rest of the organisation. This dynamic team works to support management in keeping the oversight of all activities within the organisation, having the information and processes in place for effective decision-making and in enabling an accessible and open culture while managing issues of confidentiality where required. The Management Assistant will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a diversity of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organisational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Salary: 41.000€ – 52.000€.

Program Officer – Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation seeks a dynamic and collaborative Program Officer (PO) to join the BUILD and Philanthropy team. The role will have three components: (1) Programming the Philanthropy portfolio, implementing and refining its existing strategy to build  an enduring capacity to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with an intersectional lens in U.S. philanthropy and serving as an internal and external advisor and thought leader on effective and equitable philanthropic practice; (2) Supporting Ford Foundation programs and BUILD grantee partners on the organisational development aspects of BUILD grants;  and (3) Co-leading the BUILD initiative’s philanthropic-engagement strategy in the US and Global South.
The Program Officer may also manage other grants or lead special projects related to the BUILD team’s broader impact goals, such as Cohorts, Convenings, and Technical Assistance (CCTA) and evaluationLocation: New York, USA. Deadline for applications is 20 January. Salary: $160,000 $180,000.

Programme Officer – Mama Cash. As part of the Movements Team, the Programme Officer (PO) is responsible for bringing our grantmaking and accompaniment strategies to life, through the development and maintenance of strong, inclusive and transparent relationships with our grantee-partners. The PO’s will work independently and as a member of the Movements Team. The position requires working closely with the rest of the Movements Team to implement our grantmaking and accompaniment policies and procedures based on our 2021-2030 Strategic Guide with an emphasis on: our Participatory Grantmaking processes; Accompaniment strategy; and implementation and management of grants under all of our funding streams. Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, or remote. Deadline for applications is 22 January.

Grants Officer- Media Defence. We are currently looking for a Grants Officer to join our small and dedicated team to support our emergency defence programme and build long-term relationships with our partner organisations throughout the world. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 5 February. Salary: £30,963 – £34,320.

Programme Associate for Red Umbrella Fund – Mama Cash. Red Umbrella Fund is looking for a temporary Programme Associate who will support the fund in its grantmaking and accompaniment and development of sex worker leadership in grantmaking. The tasks of the PA will contribute to strengthening Red Umbrella Fund’s sex worker-led and participatory grantmaking process and accompanying grantees in complying with their grant’s requirements. Programme Associates (PA’s) are the first and main contact for sex worker-led organisations and networks, including Red Umbrella Fund grantees. Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, or remote. Deadline for applications is 6 February.

Program Director – Disability Rights Fund (DRF). DRF is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced leader to oversee our global Program Team and manage our participatory grantmaking process. The ideal candidate will take an intersectional approach to advancing disability justice, human rights and gender equality in the Global South. They will work closely with the Executive Director, as well as our Advocacy, Technical Assistance (TA), Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Communications, and Development staff to ensure that DRF grantmaking is well-aligned, executed, evaluated and reported. The Program Director will also contribute to refinement of internal and external processes, incorporating best practices for participatory grantmaking to resource disability rights and inclusive development. The position involves international travel – up to 20% of the time. Persons with disabilities living in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply. Location: Remote. Deadline for applications is 7 February.

Summer Intern – Ford Foundation. Our summer internship program has been a part of the foundation for more than 40 years. Since its inception, we have worked to provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students of all majors with varying career aspirations. The program is designed to expose students to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience. Assignments vary by department but generally include administrative, analytical, research and special project support. Students also attend weekly learning sessions, which include meetings with senior foundation staff and opportunities to learn about different career fields, build networking skills and discuss career planning. Positions will be available in our program (grant making) and operations departments. Operations departments may include our Office of Communications, People & Culture, Information Management, Facilities, and IT teams, to name a few. The internship program runs for 10 weeks, from Monday, June 5, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 2023. Location: New York, USA Deadline for applications is 10 February. Salary: $38.50 an hour.

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


Public Meetings

Berlin, Germany

28-30 March

SAVE THE DATE – ARIADNE’S GREAT RECONNECT 2023: We loved seeing many of you in Lille in April and are excited to announce the dates for next year’s Ariadne’s Great Reconnect in Berlin: 28–30 March 2023. While we are working hard on developing a rich program that will include something for everyone, we ask you to save the date! We’ll be opening registration next week. Places are limited.


19 January

China’s Media Influence in Africa. The Chinese government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, is accelerating a campaign to influence media outlets and news consumers around the world. Africa occupies an important position in Beijing’s quest to influence the narrative on China’s rise, reflecting the importance China attaches to its broader relationship with countries across the Global South and their role in legitimating China’s claim to great power status. How and why is China influencing Africa’s media landscape? How are African countries reacting to the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to shape media narratives? What does this mean for China-Africa relations and our understanding of Chinese influence more broadly? In their latest report on Beijing’s Global Media Influence, Freedom House analyse the CCP’s tactics to shape the global media environment, including cyber operations and targeted disinformation campaigns. Focusing on Africa, the event will discuss and evaluate the findings of the recent Freedom House report from local, regional and global perspectives.  Register here to join the webinar organised by LSE taking place on 19 January 2023 at 2:00pm GMT.

25 January

Biometrics, border tech, and human rights. In this panel discussion, Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) Fellows Dr Keren WeitzbergDr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche and Dr Daragh Murray will discuss the human rights implications of biometrics and other forms of border tech for mobility and migration controls. Mary Gitahi, a member of the Just Tech and Migration Steering Committee, part of Oxford University’s Refugee-led Research Hub, and a lead researcher in Uganda studying refugee-led organisations in East Africa, will chair the panel. Keren will discuss humanitarian biometric management systems in Kenya and other major refugee host countries, and their implications for border-making and refugee flows. Dimitri will provide an overview of current developments in UK and EU border tech and their human rights implications (focusing on examples like the UK Cerberus program and the EU ETIAS system). Finally, Daragh will discuss what human rights could offer with respect to a due diligence framework to guide whether or not to deploy tech at the border. Register here for this online event taking place on Wed, 25 January 2023, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT.

26 January

Democracy Network – Defending vs Developing Participation: Democracy Brown Bag Lunch 1. The Democracy Network will host the first in a series of brown bag lunches online on 26 January exploring “Defending vs Developing Participation”. How can philanthropy defend against threats to participation? Can philanthropy play a role in further developing or expanding participation? The conversation will be kicked off by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Porticus, who will each present their work on participation to start the discussions. The goal of each lunch is to casually get to know other foundations in the field of democracy, to develop a mutual understanding on current practices and stimulate discussions on learning needs that will shape Philea’s relaunch of the Democracy Network from mid-2023 onwards. This event is for foundations and funders only. To register for this online event taking place on 26 January, contact


Using human rights to strengthen your campaigning on cost-of-living crisis. The cost-of-living crisis is a human rights crisis and requires a human rights-based response. Join us for a training session to learn how you can frame the cost-of-living crisis as a human rights issue in your advocacy and campaigning. The cost-of-living crisis means that many people are unable to afford essentials; they are going hungry, and their homes are freezing. Further cuts to social security, healthcare, and education are likely. This means it is likely that people’s economic, social, and cultural rights are not being respected, protected, or fulfilled. These rights are protected in international law, and you can hold local and national authorities to account where they fail to protect these rights. The training will cover:

  • What are the UK’s economic, social and cultural rights obligations?
  • How is the cost-of-living crisis a human rights issue?
  • How you can use human rights to strengthen your advocacy and campaigning on this issue

Register here for this online event taking place on 26 January or 2 February from 13:00 – 14:30 GMT.

15 February

Why the Racial Wealth Divide Matters. Escalating asset price inflation in recent decades has helped to expose wealth inequality as a major dimension of socio-economic inequality across the world. Wealthy households able to draw on owner occupied housing assets, private pensions, savings and financial investments have prospered whilst the majority of the populations, even in rich nations – have been exposed to harsh ‘austerity’ policies, and often the need to balance debt obligations. There is increasing evidence that wealth assets play a significant role in allowing social mobility advantages to the children of wealthy households. This event will present new findings underscoring the gravity of the racial wealth divide. Register here for this event taking place on 15 February 2023 6:30pm to 8:00pm GMT.

20th – 24th March

Mozilla Festival. MozFest is a celebration for, by, and about people who love the internet, showcasing world-changing ideas and technology through exhibitions, talks and interactive sessions. MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. Register here for the event taking place from 20 to 24 March 2023.


16 February

The Journalism Funders Forum will come together on 16 February to explore philanthropy’s role in safeguarding independent journalism, hosted by Philea in Philanthropy House, Brussels. In light of the growing threats to press freedom around the world, as well as challenges to its long-term financial sustainability, the Journalism Funders Forum is convening an in-person meeting in Brussels on 16 February 2023. Together with you, we aim to improve learning and knowledge about journalism funding, increase the number and diversity of journalism funders and help build a more effective, transparent and equitable funding environment for journalism in Europe. The meeting will be a mix of plenary sessions and roundtables, each one of these facilitated by a member of the Steering Group on a relevant topic (funder collaboration, funding thematic areas, and funding new platforms). Register here for this event taking place on 16 February.


Ariadne’s core operations are supported by the American Jewish World Service, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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