Ariadne’s Thread – July 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – July 2018
July 12, 2018 Lori Stanciu

July 2018

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 – 2018 ARIADNE GRANT SKILLS DAY: Ariadne, in collaboration with the Global Philanthropy Project, will hold a grant skills day on Monday 24th September 2018 in London, United Kingdom. This one-day event will explore how donors can take a more ‘intersectional’ approach to their work, recognising what the gaps in their current programmes may be and finding ways to be more inclusive. The day will begin with a master class in the concept of intersectionality and what it means for donors, led by Dr Emilia Roig, the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organisation combatting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. Participants will then learn from donors and practitioners who are employing this approach in their work. As part of this, participants will be encouraged to identify changes, however small, they could make in their own work or institution in addition to thinking about the social, policy or legislative levers that they could engage. To register, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE – 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. Individuals from The Social Change Initiative, Fondazione con il Sud, The Baring Foundation, Calala Women’s Fund, SOLIDARNA – Foundation for Human Rights and Solidarity, and Adessium will join this year’s planning committee. More details will follow on the portal soon.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 21st August at 15:00 BST. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) to watch the online demonstration. To register, please click here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

HAVE YOU READ? 2018 Ariadne Forecast: The Ariadne Forecast  is a community created resource that draws on Ariadne’s network of more than 546 funders in 23 countries. Ariadne participants and other friends of the network were asked six questions about trends in their field for 2018. We collected surveys and interviews from members across Europe and in January and early  February held forecast meetings for funders in London, Paris, The Hague and Naples to discuss and add to the findings. In the end we estimate that around 157 people have had the chance to contribute to the Forecast. While the meetings and discussions at them were private, the final forecast is publicly available for all, as a reflection on the current direction of the sector.

NEXT ISSUE: Ariadne’s Thread will be taking a break in August, with the next issue out on Thursday 13th September. We hope you have a great summer!

*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

Using the law for social change: a landscape review: This review from The Baring Foundation outlines existing knowledge on use of law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the different countries of the UK. It covers: which types of law voluntary sector organisations use (and which they don’t), structural and procedural opportunities and constraints in the legal system, the resourcing of legal action, the impact of legal action on other relationships, and the interaction between different tactics for social change.

Civil Society Futures: Interim research report April 2018: This report and summary from The Baring Foundation reflect on data collected after the first year of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society (Civil Society Futures). In this article, ‘funding – and power – in the hands of people and communities,’ Julia Unwin, Chair of Civil Society Futures, considers what the initial findings of the inquiry might mean for philanthropy.

UK Home Office needs major reform to avoid Windrush scandal repeat: The Home Affairs Select Committee has released its report on the Windrush Generation and its treatment by the Home Office. Many have already reacted to the report’s unflinching condemnation of Home Office practices, and ‘major reforms needed’ reads the headline on Parliament’s own website. Migrants’ Rights Network has put together a summary of the report.

Principles Under Pressure: The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism on Principled Humanitarian Action: This recent study from the Norwegian Refugee Council examines the impact of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian groups’ ability to deliver aid to populations under the control of designated terrorist groups. It also examines what impact, if any, the emerging areas of preventing or countering violent extremism has on principled humanitarian action.

Radical Hope and Resilience: Trusting in Grassroots Leadership: This first blog in NoVo Foundation’s new Radical Hope Blog Series explains how their Radical Hope Fund came about (the 2016 US Presidential election) and what it hopes to achieve.

Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2017: The European Asylum Support Office has released its annual report for 2017, which provides a comprehensive overview of developments at the European level and at the level of national asylum systems. The report looks into main statistical trends and analyses changes in EU+ countries regarding their legislation, policies, practices, as well as national case law. While the report focuses on key areas of the Common European Asylum System, it often makes necessary references to the broader migration and fundamental rights context.

Hate crime recording and data collection practice across the EU: Across the EU, people face hatred because of their skin colour, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality. In response, the EU and its Member States have introduced laws against hate crime and support services for victims. But these will only fulfil their potential if victims report hate-motivated harassment and violence to the police, and if police officers record such incidents as hate crimes. This report from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights provides detailed information on hate crime recording and data collection systems across the EU, including any systemic cooperation with civil society.

HRC38: End of Session Statement: In this joint statement following the 38th session of the Human Rights Council, ISHR and several other organisations welcome the adoption of resolutions on civil society space, peaceful protest, on violence against women and girls and on discrimination against women and girls and the Council’s rejection of attempts to impede progress on protecting civil society space, peaceful protest and the rights to sexual and reproductive health.

Intersectionality in Europe: A depoliticised concept? In this article, Founder and Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice Emilia Roig argues that intersectionality theory has undergone a process of depoliticisation on its way to mainstream feminist movement in Germany.

Social Power: How civil society can ‘Play Big’ and truly create change: This report from the Sheile McKechnie Foundation’s Social Change Project looks at what civil society could achieve if it were working to its full potential: how it could contribute to positive social change if it were working optimally and without constraint.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

QUIZ: Are These Human Rights Abuses Real Life, Or Black Mirror? No one does scarily realistic tech on TV like Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror team. Can you guess if these human rights violating technologies are from real life, or Black Mirror? Overly invasive technology can infringe on people’s right to liberty, security, freedom of thought, and to a family and private life. Would you recognise it in your own life? Take the quiz.

PODCAST: What’s Driving the Resurgence of Nationalism in Global Politics? In this episode of the Trend Lines podcast, World Politics Review’s Judah Grunstein and Frederick Deknatel discuss the resurgence of nationalism in global politics, the factors driving it and the implications for the liberal policy consensus in international affairs that dominated the preceding two decades.

BLOG: Demonstration and demonisation: life for Georgia’s queer communities: In this ILGA Europe blog, Levan Berianidze, Executive Director of Equality Movement, Georgia shares how LGBTQI clubs and bars have played the crucial role in mobilising LGBTQI people in Georgia, and explains why the recent raids on these clubs were seen as an attack on the community’s home.

ARTICLE: Decolonizing Human Rights: Local Struggles with Global Dynamics: In this article  for OpenGlobalRights, Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty writes how human rights have always been subject to efforts at misappropriation and manipulation for political ends—but power and agency must remain in the hands of those who are suffering oppression and injustice.

ARTICLE: Out of the shadows: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies arrive: More than 10 months have passed since Myanmar’s security forces launched a sweeping campaign of rape and other brutalities against the Rohingya, and the babies conceived during those assaults have been born. For many of their mothers, the births have been tinged with fear — not only because the infants are reminders of the horrors they survived, but because their community often views rape as shameful, and bearing a baby conceived by Buddhists as sacrilege. The full article is available from Associated Press.

STAND UP: Why Hannah Gadsby’s searing comedy special Nanette has upended comedy for good: This Vox article outlines how, in her Netflix special ‘Nanette,’ Hannah Gadsby doesn’t just follow the example of many comedians before her by drawing on her life experience. She draws on her very identity to indict comedy itself for its failure to do more to sustain the marginalised voices at its edges. During her show, Hannah says: ‘I’ve built a career out of self-deprecating humour, and I simply will not do that anymore, not to myself or anybody who identifies with me. To understand what self-deprecation means, it’s not humility, it’s humiliation. I want my story heard, because what I would have done to have heard a story like mine.’ Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette is available on Netflix.

ARTICLE: The Unsung Heroines of Stonewall: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera: For much of history, trans people and people of colour have been excluded from both the gay rights and women’s rights movements, despite often being the most negatively impacted by gender and sexuality-based discrimination. Two trans women of colour, however, refused to be left out of the fight for equality from the very beginning. Activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were on the front lines of the fight for trans rights from as early as the 1960s when the movement was just beginning to gain traction. This article celebrates these two unsung heroes.

OPEN LETTER: Trans allies are crucial: This open letter from Ayla Holdom and Sarah Brown, chair and vice-chair of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group, highlights the importance of allies following the transphobic ‘protest’ at this year’s Pride in London parade.

CALENDAR: The new European Philanthropy Calendar helps you to find Europe’s most relevant conferences and workshops for our sector in one place. The joint project of philanthropy infrastructure organisations offers a lively and smartphone-compatible online tool that is constantly being updated.

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


Philanthropy and the Closing Civic Space: How donors are supporting organisations under threat: In this blog for PEAK Insight Journal, Ariadne Director Julie Broome shares how donors are supporting organisations under threat from closing civic space. She writes that this support ranges from providing core support to funding security enhancements, and from funding non-registered organisations or companies to offering non-financial support and solidarity.

Fake News and Philanthropy: In this podcast from Alliance Magazine, Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Patrice Schneider of Media Development Investment Fund and Lisa-Maria Neudert of the Oxford Internet Institute. He asks, should foundations be doing more in the media sphere and what exactly should they be doing about fake news?

Stronger Together – New Frontiers in Funders Supporting Social Movements: Human Rights Funders Network has published some key takeaways from its three-part webinar series on exploring funders’ roles in supporting social movements. Participants discussed how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees’ autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change.

Go West! Philanthropy’s role in supporting LGBTI rights in West Africa and beyond: The Baring Foundation’s International Development programme has just made its first grants in West Africa to address discrimination against LGBTI communities. In this article, Deputy Director David Sampson explains why.

Pioneers of Philanthropy Support: In this article, Alliance associate editor Andrew Milner profiles some of the key people past and present who have been instrumental to the development of philanthropy infrastructure and have made major contributions both internationally and in their respective countries.

Not all intermediaries: A call for partnership in the #ShiftThePower conversation: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Eva Rehse and James Logan question the characterisation of ‘intermediaries’ in the recent report – ‘How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do To Help Make That Happen.’ The authors of the article argue that the objectives of their models for intermediary grantmaking align closely with the models of community philanthropy outlined in the report and are not in opposition to it.

Against Big Philanthropy: In this article for The Atlantic, Stanford’s Rich Reich argues that whilst philanthropy sounds nice, it remains a tax-sheltered way that plutocrats exercise power.

Reflections on the role of philanthropy infrastructure: In this article for WINGS’ Philanthropy In Focus, Ariadne Advisory Board Member Carola Carazzone reflects on the role of philanthropy infrastructure. She suggests that in Italy, as a Catholic country, the myth of (almost) zero-cost NGOs is deeply rooted, and that philanthropic infrastructure organisations have a role to play in promoting a cultural shift towards longer-term thinking through funding strategic objectives. This interview is based on Carola’s recent Alliance Magazine article ‘Debunking two myths to avoid agony in Italian civil society.’

Funding on the edge – upswing in sales for Lush shows funders can take bolder positions: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Alison Goldsworthy reflects on the recent ‘spycops’ campaign from cosmetics brand Lush, and the lessons funders can learn from it.

A Better Way: Recommendations for Better Reporting: This blog for PEAK Insight Journal outlines the results of a recent survey of grant reporting practices in the field, and offers conceptual and concrete recommendations for making reporting more useful and less burdensome – for grantmakers and grantees.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 13th September. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 11th September if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Portfolio Officer, UK – Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund is seeking a UK Portfolio Officer. The Fund’s UK Portfolio tests and grows bold ideas that put people in the lead to address long-term social issues and to improve the quality of life across the UK and internationally. The successful candidate will use their advanced critical thinking skills and expertise (within community, youth, education, international development, health, ageing and/or environment) to ensure effective delivery of the portfolio. Location: UK, flexible location. Deadline for applications is 24th July 2018. 

Programme Specialist, Economic Advancement Programme – Open Society Foundations: OSF is hiring a Programme Specialist who will join its Economic Advancement Programme (EAP). The EAP seeks to increase economic opportunity for the marginalised in ways that promote inclusive, open and prosperous societies. It works to bend the exercise of economic power towards social justice. The Programme deploys four tools – Impact investments, Grants, Economic Policy Advice, and Engagement. Engagement involves building stakeholder coalitions to influence the exercise of economic power and engaging in discourse to shape decision-making. The successful candidate will join the Engagement Team. Location: London, United Kingdom or New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 27th July 2018.

Programme Officer, Criminal Justice – MacArthur Foundation:  MacArthur Foundation is hiring a Programme Officer for Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice team works to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.  Through the Safety and Justice Challenge, MacArthur is engaging in a long-term strategy of investment in local reform, research, experimentation, and communications that seek to create national demand for local justice reform to reduce over-incarceration in America. The successful candidate will work with the team’s Director and colleagues on all aspects of the strategy’s grantmaking to ensure its success. Location: Chicago, United States of America. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Programme Coordinator, Act for Change – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Paul Hamlyn Foundation is recruiting a part-time Programme Coordinator for the Act for Change Fund. Working closely with senior staff at Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation the successful candidate will join a small programme team delivering this new initiative. This is a new post and a chance to coordinate the activities of the Act for Change Fund and support the smooth running of the programme. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 17th July 2018.

Learning and Evaluation Officer – Lloyds Bank Foundation: Lloyds Bank Foundation is hiring a Learning and Evaluation Officer. The Foundation is looking for a motivated, outgoing and pragmatic researcher with a strong grounding in social research methods to help them reach actionable insights to grow their impact as one of Britain’s leading community grantmakers. The role is hands-on and proactive – working with colleagues across the Foundation, its funded charities and beyond to embed research and data into their working. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 23rd July 2018.

Invitation to Tender – Learning Partner for Act for Change: The Act for Change Fund is a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. The fund will provide resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing. The Fund is being run as a joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with the #iwill fund. The Learning Partner will work closely with the funded organisations and the funders to help build a greater understanding of this small but growing sector, its context, opportunities and challenges; capture and share learning from the work; and assess the extent to which the high-level outcomes have been achieved. Deadline for applications is 16th July 2018.

Trust Executive – The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts: The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) is the operating office of 16 independent grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. SFCT is seeking a Trust Executive for the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund and The Headley Trust (international grant-making categories). The successful candidate will be responsible for presenting attractive and relevant grant proposals to their trustees, and for ensuring that the grants awarded deliver what they promise. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 25th July 2018.

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


Public Meetings


September 23rd – 29th
Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe: You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe Conference. A recurring theme of events in 2016 and 2017 is Black Feminist/Afrofeminist/Womanist history and memory. By bringing together a wide range of cis and trans* women of colour and non-binary folks from across Europe, how do we ensure that we honour and remember trailblazing struggles of those who came before us? By building this Black feminist space, who is tacitly included and excluded? How do we learn from our past to take effective action in the present and future? How do we build and sustain meaningful intergenerational debates about Black feminism? To that end, the theme of this year’s event is about making visible the long history of Black feminist/Afrofeminist/Womanist activism in Europe. The event will take place on 29th September 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Click here for the agenda.



September 2nd – 8th
Promoting an Inclusive Europe: Supporting the Effective Integration of non-EU Migrants: The EU has the task to encourage and support the actions of Member States aimed at promoting the integration of citizens of non-EU countries. Despite the efforts of EU Member States to build effective integration policies coherent with their national contexts, third-country nationals face higher risk of poverty and social exclusion, as well as worse opportunities to access basic services, compared to EU citizens. Participants will assess the EU policy framework for non-EU migrant integration; explore solutions to improve the access of third-country nationals to basic services; discuss ways to enable equal access to the labour market for migrants; explore possibilities to improve the procedures for the recognition of qualifications and skills; consider the role of host communities in implementing successful integration processes; explore possibilities for increasing the cooperation between governments, local authorities and civil society; and build strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sector. The event will take place on 6th September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

October 21st – November 3rd
2018 ILGA-Europe Annual Conference: The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Politics for Change: From Words into Action.’ The conference is an agenda-setting moment for European LGBTI movements, which connects activists and enablers of change, builds ILGA-Europe’s diversity, and provides a space for participants to get inspired and empowered. The event will take place between 24th and 28th October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.



October 14th – 20th
Grantmakers East Forum 2018: The theme of the 23rd annual Grantmakers East Forum is ‘Reframing Civil Society: Actors, Values, Tools.’ The conference, hosted by Central European University, will explore the role of foundations in confronting the new threats and challenges to civil society in Europe as well as explore innovative approaches to fostering social cohesion. The event will take place between 15th and 17th October in Budapest, Hungary.



September 9th – 15th
Global Donors Forum 2018: The theme of this year’s Global Donors Forum is ‘Building Resilient Ecosystems: Philanthropy’s Response to Inequality and Societal Tensions.’ The Forum will highlight the rare developments that are proving to be effective in reducing deficits, inequalities, and tensions that fuel extremism. The discourse will pay special focus on the catalytic role of philanthropy in generating frameworks that build trust and confidence among different often clashing worldviews and perspectives. The event will take place between 10th and 12th September 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

September 9th – 15th
Survey Design in the Charity Sector: Most charities use surveys in one way or another, but with varying levels of success. There’s already lots of guidance available, but little that directly addresses the challenges faced by charities. For example: What are the most cost-effective ways to run high quality surveys? How do we get beneficiaries to take part? How do we get the most accurate answers from survey respondents? The session will cover both survey methodologies and tips on questionnaire design. There will be opportunities to share your own survey experience with others and ask questions of our experts. The event will take place on 12th September in London, United Kingdom.

October 7th – 13th
NPC Ignites 2018: NPC Ignites is designed to help charities keep pace with change and anticipate new trends and innovations to ensure their organisations are always maximising their social impact. Topics will range from data to digital and place-based approaches to governance. The event will take place on 10th October 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

September 23rd – 29th
Changing Times – How to Meet Client Emerging Demand for Philanthropy and Social Investment Advice: The awareness of philanthropy and social impact investment is ever-increasing. Providing the appropriate professional advice and tools requires a focused and knowledgeable approach. By attending this half-day intensive workshop, advisers will gain an understanding of the commercial proposition for providing this service to their clients, develop their philanthropy and social impact investment knowledge, plus learn practical skills to better support clients’ expectations and needs. The event will take place on 27th September 2018 in London, United Kingdom.


July 15th – 21st
Peak Inequality – Britain’s Ticking Time Bomb: When we think of economic inequality we tend to think of a trend that is ever rising and destined to continue rising; that is far from inevitable. There are many statistics today that point at Britain being at a peak of inequality. However, having allowed the gaps between us to grow so wide has had dire implications for our health, housing, education, demography, politics and future. Danny Dorling highlights these and discusses what it will take to begin to descend from the peak of inequality. The event will take place on 17th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

November 11th – 17th
Trust Conference 2018: Trust Conference is an annual human rights forum committed to finding real solutions to fight slavery, empower women, and advance human rights worldwide. The annual event convenes 600 delegates from the worlds of activism, civil society, law, government and business in the heart of London for two days of inspiration, networking, and action. The event will take place between 14th and 15th November 2018 in London, United Kingdom.



October 14th – 20th
Reimagining Human Rights – New Energy for a New Era: On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a dramatically shifting world order presents profound challenges for the human rights community. With the rise of right-wing governments and the breakdown of democracies and democratic freedoms, activists and funders have recalibrated and refocused in response, experimenting with new strategies and forging unlikely partnerships that are yielding promising results. Grounded in the context of Mexico and the Latin America region, the conference will profile efforts that are succeeding and challenge our community to fundamentally rethink how we make change in these times. The event will take place between 16th and 18th October 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.



July 22nd – 28th
Machine indifference – the role of philanthropy support organisations & civil society in advocating in technology: Why must philanthropy and civil society be in tune to technological developments? What are (or have been) the ramifications when they haven’t? What roles do they play in guiding conversations around technology and advocating for people and technologically sound advances? This webinar will 1, Cover how to engage in these types of discussions; 2, Provide examples of other PSOs and CSOs doing this, and; 3, Show what resources are available to us. The webinar will take place online on 24th July 2018.



November 11th – 17th
Paris Peace Forum: The Paris Peace Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key issues: peace and security, environment, development, digital and new technologies, and inclusive economy. The Paris Peace Forum aims to strengthen the actions of existing multilateral organisations, primarily the United Nations, and speed up implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will take place between 11th and 13th November 2018 in Paris, France.



July 29th – 1st September
Open Air Cinema 2018: Humanity House will host its annual Open Air Cinema this August, showing films including: Watani: My Homeland, Before Summer Ends, Amal, Golden Dawn Girls and The Other Side of Everything. The event will take place throughout August 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



September 23rd – 29th
Decent Work and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How to achieve the SDGs through Decent Work: Decent work and productive employment are at the centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To facilitate understanding of the linkages between the ILO Decent Work Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ILO developed the ‘Decent Work 4 Sustainable Development Resource Platform.’ The DW4SD resource platform is an interactive tool, which provides guidance and support to position decent work in SDG processes at the national level. This course is built around the DW4SD Resource Platform and will foster an in-depth understanding of the Decent Work-Sustainable-Development nexus. It will approach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through different decent work related thematic areas such as: youth employment, social protection, informal economy, and facilitate interlinkages between both the Decent Work Agenda and the SDGs. The event will take place between 24th and 28th September 2018 in Turin, Italy.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, Digital Impact and Adessium Foundation.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants

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