Ariadne’s Thread – June 2016

Ariadne’s Thread – June 2016
Juni 15, 2016 Lori Stanciu

June 2016

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

A Syrian parent and child at the Macedonian border in September. (Freedom House

A Syrian parent and child at the Macedonian border in September. Credit: Freedom House

REGISTER NOW: PRIVATE ROUND-TABLE MEETING ON REFUGEES AND THE ROLE OF FOUNDATIONS: Ariadne and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind are organising a private round-table meeting on refugees and the role of foundations, on July 5th 2016, 16:00-18:00 CEST in Paris. This round-table meeting will be opened by representatives of foundations and experts on refugee issues. It will focus on the problems faced by refugees and the challenges to be overcome by our diverse European societies; particularly through the lens of refugee women and children. It will be an opportunity for exchange on the programmes and strategies implemented in this area, and to explore the strategic role of private foundations in this context. To register, please email Please note this meeting will take place in French.

REGISTER NOW: BROKERS FOR COOPERATION: THE CHANGING ROLE FOR PROJECT ADVISORS: Increasingly in the Netherlands, and in common with a number of global foundations, there is a change in the way in which the role of a foundation is visualised and chooses to use its resources. A number of grant-givers are moving from being reactive or demand led funders and instead becoming instrumental or interventionist (see Ariadne Forecast 2016 and A New Funding Ecology, Kippen & Swinson Reid). In this telebriefing ‘Stichting Democratie en Media’ and ‘Fonds 1818’ will contribute and share their experiences and lessons learned  and answer questions such as: why did their fund choose this new way of working? How did it change their daily practice so far? Which obstacles or pittfalls are there to avoid?  Which lessons, tips or successes do they have for their colleagues? Please note the language of this telebriefing is in Dutch. Register: Please send an email to

2016 ARIADNE POLICY BRIEFING – VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Here are some nice photos and the links to the recordings of the sessions from this year’s Ariadne Policy Briefing that took place in Tallinn in April for you to explore. Thank you to all of you for joining us.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: One-hour tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Wednesday, July 13th 2016, 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) in order to watch the online demonstration. To register, please RSVP to Kenneth Hill –

REGISTER NOW: ILGA EEUROPE DONOR PRE-CONFERENCE: Ariadne, Global Philanthropy Project and ILGA Europe will hold a day-long convening on October 19, 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus, ahead of the ILGA Europe Annual Conference. The meeting will bring together key public and private funders, donor governments, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners within the European LGBTI movement to develop strategies responding to current trends in the European region. This convening aims to enhance the impact of grant-making for LGBTI equality in Europe by fostering a shared understanding of the needs of the field, identifying and encouraging opportunities for alignment and collaboration. This year, we invite you to explore themes such as Defending and Protecting Civil Society Space, Intersectionality and Diversity, and Law and the Lived Experience. To register, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 FUNDERS’ LEARNING VISIT ON MIGRATION – JORDAN: Ariadne, in collaboration with the International Human Rights Funders Group are organising a 3-day learning visit between 18-20th October 2016 to Jordan. The 2016 Learning Visit will look at strategies to address the current global refugee crisis and will focus on issues in the Middle East and North Africa region that are having an impact globally. Participants will engage with activists, advocates, experts, and funders working in all global regions. More details, including the exact location, will follow soon via the Ariadne portal.


The next Thread will go out on Thursday, July 21st. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by July 18th if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements


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ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index: ILGA-Europe’s fifth edition of its Rainbow Europe Index was published in May 2016. It showcases the current state of play of the laws, policies and practices that affect LGBTI people in Europe today. This year’s benchmarking exercise shows three distinct patterns: countries which are demonstrating leadership by introducing standard-setting equality measures, countries which are now standing still, including some traditionally seen as progressive and countries which are actively targeting LGBTI people with restrictive laws. See also Shaking the ground coloring the sky by FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund.

Serbia: Children With Disabilities Neglected: The new report “It is my dream to leave this place’’: Children with Disabilities in Serbian Institutions, from Human Rights Watch documents the pressure families face to send children born with disabilities to large residential institutions, often far away from their homes, separating them from their families. There, children may experience neglect, inappropriate medication, and lack of privacy and have limited or no access to education. Human Rights Watch interviewed 118 children and young people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and staff of institutions, and visited five large residential institutions and three small group homes across Serbia. Also by HRW, see Seeking Refuge: Unaccompanied Children in Sweden.

Global Peace Index 2016: The tenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace, ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. The index finds that many countries are at record high levels of peacefulness, while the bottom 20 countries have progressively become much less peaceful. This creates increased levels of inequality in global peace, and the gap between the most-peaceful and least-peaceful countries continues to widen.

European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance 2015 Annual Report: The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance published its 2015 annual report in May 2016. Each year, ECRI outlines the main trends in the fields of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in Europe.

Danger every step of the way – A harrowing journey to Europe for refugee and migrant children: More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, according to new UNICEF report. Danger Every Step of the Way states that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as last year.  The report documents the high risks adolescents take in their flight to escape conflict, despair and poverty.

2016 Global Slavery Index: An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the globe are enslaved, a report from the Walk Free Foundation has found. Based on enhanced research methodologies, the 2016 Global Slavery Index found that ten million more people than previously estimated, an increase of 28%, are enslaved by human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation. See also Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings by the European Commission.

Advocacy Bytes: A resource for Civil Society Advocacy: Advocacy Bytes,  a tool created by Global Partners Digital, helps civil society to engage more effectively in Internet governance forums. It’s an experience bank which records specific case studies of civil society groups engaging in internet governance processes, in order to help support more strategic and effective civil society engagement in the future.

Conflict Is Key to Understanding Migration: A thoughtful piece on the role of conflict in understanding migration. Jean-Marie Guéhenno the president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group writes that policymakers must address the major conflicts that are the principal drivers of displacement. It’s shocking to learn that as at early 2014, the average time a person spent as a refugee was seventeen years. See also Migrants are driving innovative campaigns for female refugees in Germany, by Claudia Bollwinkel, German women‘s fund filia die frauenstiftung.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Space for Civil Society: The new report from the High Commissioner on Human Rights on civil society space (A/H/32/20), was created with the input of 89 NGOs, States and national human rights institutions. The Commissioner concludes that there are five key elements that create and maintain a safe and enabling environment for civil society. See also Protect civil society to promote peace, security and development: A recipe for States and the UN HRC by ISHR.

Learning to give: lessons for advisers and would-be philanthropists: In 2015 the private wealth of high-net-worth individuals in the UK reached a total of £1.5 trillion. Yet, in the same year the estimates for how much wealthy people in the UK gave to good causes is £1.3 billion: that’s just 0.1%. Empirical evidence seems strongly to suggest that the UK is a philanthropic nation. In this article, Catherine Tillotson, Scorpio Partnership, looks at the reasons why the UK’s wealthiest individuals seem to give so little in the context of their total wealth.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest


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WATCH: New documentary on Women’s Land Rights: NDTV, one of India’s largest English-language television channels, has released a documentary program on women’s land rights in India. The program, “India Matters: In My Own Name,” examines how customary practices still impede women’s rights to land and inheritance despite legal reforms that guarantee gender equality. The program highlights Landesa’s partnership with the government of Odisha to empower single women through land rights.

WATCH: Challenging Inequalities: During this panel discussion, organised by The International Inequalities Institute at LSE, Shami Chakrabarti, the former director of Liberty, Duncan Green, Oxfam GB and Phumeza Mlungwana, the Social Justice Coalition, South Africa debated different approaches to addressing key inequalities. Also from LSE, see Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma.

QUIZ: Human Rights Or Harry Potter? With the recent launch of new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, RightsInfo has created a wizarding fun quiz and asks everyone to join in and test their human rights knowledge. Can you tell which of the 12 quotes is a human rights quote or an extract from the books or films about the famous boy wizard?

WATCH: “We unveil the mask”: Watch this video, produced by former DRF advisor Fredrick Ouko’s organisation, Action Network for the Disabled, on promoting the rights of women with disabilities to access sexual and reproductive health services. It tells the story of a young woman named Gift and her struggle to make her own decisions regarding her sexual and reproductive health.

Become a Mentor – TODAY: The Aspire Foundation’s virtual mentoring programme partners the expertise and experience of women and men in the business and corporate world with ‘MAD’- ‘Making A Difference’ women in charities and social enterprises that are impacting women and girls. There is no cost in becoming an Aspire Foundation mentor. The commitment is 1 hour per month for 6 months by telephone or Skype, plus 1 hour of training.

WATCH: Global Profits, and Peril, from Child Labor: Governments should better regulate businesses to prevent child labour in global supply chains, Human Rights Watch said in a video released in advance of the World Day against Child Labor, June 12, 2016. Child labour in global supply chains was the theme for this year’s “World Day Against Child Labour”.

WATCH: Subverting the Media to Boost Support for LGBTI Rights: In this video Mima Simić, a fellow with the Open Society Effective Activism Project, argues that subverting the media is the key to influencing public attitudes on LGBTI and gender issues in Croatia. This is part of a video series by Open Society highlighting the people and ideas that are inspiring and changing the world.

WATCH: “Why Feminism Is Good For Men”: This video from the Huffington Post explains how equality benefits everyone. The video outlines all the ways in which feminism is just as important to men as it is to women. As the male feminists explain in the video, true gender equality advocates for men to live free of stereotypes surrounding their gender.



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New travel guide to cybersecurity policy for human rights defenders: This new series from Global Partners Digital aims to equip human rights defenders with the information needed to navigate complex areas of internet-related policy from a human rights perspective. Previous guides in the series have focused on internet governance and digital surveillance. The latest entry, Cybersecurity Policy for Human Rights Defenders, shines the spotlight on an emerging, and increasingly crucial domain, and aims to fill a conspicuous gap.

Common Reporting Standard and Human Rights: Alana Petraske, Special Counsel, Charities & Philanthropy at Withers Worldwide, has written a special blog for Ariadne on the implications for charities and their funders of the recently introduced Common Reporting Standards.  Alana has been candid on the issue and in return Ariadne UK asks that the contents of her blog are not shared beyond the funding community.

Thirteen private funders unite for quick refugee funding in NL: Thirteen Dutch funders launched a platform for small scale initiatives around irregular migration, which stands out in its form. Within seven working days the decision for funding is taken. Additionally, groups do not have to be officially registered, and applications from undocumented people, refugee status holders are welcomed. Geeske Zanen (Director Haella Foundation) says: “As private funders we felt there was a lack of quick, accessible and flexible funding for small ideas and initiatives popping up in society. In this way we hope to contribute in closing the gap between ideas and realisation and break through some of our own structures as well”. If you want to see which funds are involved or learn more about the aims of the platform, a community on the Ariadne portal will be established shortly.

Putting the “T” in LGBT HIV Funding: Matching Funder Response to Community Needs: Funders Concerned About AIDS, in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Global Philanthropy Project, convened a meeting on April 26th, 2016, designed to give funders access to critical data on needs and funding trends, barriers and opportunities for future funding and ideas and models for best practices moving forward. See also Our Strength is Our Unity, a post from the Security and Rights Collaborative about how funders are responding to the Orlando attacks.

Collaboration and collective impact: how can funders, NGOs and governments achieve more together? In this short article Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta, offers a personal view on what collaboration and collective impact are, what has been learned, and how practice could improve, with the aim of prompting more argument and less unnecessary reinvention.

New Social investment guide: This new Cass Business School guide will help you to understand social investment and how you can use it in your funding mix. It also includes a diagnostic tool that you can use to think about social investment. In return for accessing and downloading the toolkit for free, you will have to complete a short, two-page questionnaire which will help Cass to map out the social investment landscape and determine how they can be best placed to support the sector.

GAGGA Launch: The Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action was launched at an event last month. The collaborative initiative between Ariadne member Mama Cash and Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres and BOTH Ends, aims to strengthen and unify the capabilities of grassroots groups and movements around the world to lobby and advocate with and for women around their rights to water, food and a clean, healthy and safe environment.

Sustainable Finance Course for Environmental NGOs, 19-22th  September, 2016 (and onwards): The University of Oxford’s Smith School is launching a course for environmental NGOs (UK-based in the first instance), with support from the John Ellerman Foundation. This is a great opportunity for key mid-senior level individuals at such organisations to develop their understanding of finance and investment issues as they relate to sustainability and the environment. Full details are in the link above. Please send this to any grantees you think might benefit from participation in the course.

How to choose the right Grants Management System: This webinar seeks to equip organisations with the tools needed to evaluate if a Grants Management System (GMS) is right for them, and if so, how to choose one. Questions this webinar hopes to answer will include: What can a GMS do for me? Is my organisation ready to implement a new GMS? How do I know? How do I determine what my requirements are in a GMS? What things do I need to consider in choosing a provider and a GMS that’s right for my organisation? The webinar will take place online on June 23rd, 2016.

The world of philanthropy urged to join forces to support refugees and migrants: Almost 700 representatives from the world of philanthropy gathered at the European Foundation Centre’s Annual Conference on 26-28th  May in Amsterdam issued a call to action for peers to join forces to tackle forced migration, one of today’s greatest challenges.


Jobs and Tenders

shivaSenior Programme Manager – Shiva Foundation: The Shiva Foundation is seeking a Senior Programme Manager to oversee the organisation’s efforts to strengthen the anti-trafficking response within the UK. The successful candidate will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s holistic model across sectors, including leading a number of projects and partnership work and contributing to the strategic planning of the organisation. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 29th June 2016.

CMI! Programme Coordinator – Mama Cash: Mama Cash is seeking a Programme Coordinator for the Count Me in! Consortium; an alliance of women’s rights funds and organisations, which it leads. The successful candidate will facilitate coordination between Consortium members, monitor deliverables, conduct reporting, and support the relationship between CMI! and its strategic partner, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Location: Amsterdam. Deadline for applications is 26th June 2016.

Programme Manager – EPIM: The European Programme for Migration and Integration is seeking a Programme Manager. The Programme Manager will act as a key point of contact for civil society organisations seeking and receiving EPIM funding, will review grant requests and manage a portfolio of Sub-Fund grants in defined substantive areas. The post-holder will also contribute to the implementation of grantmaking, capacity development and the evaluation and monitoring of programmes. Location: Brussels. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

Programme Officer – Economic Advancement Programme – Open Society Foundations: Open Society Foundations is seeking a Programme Officer for its Economic Advancement Programme (EAP). EAP aims for economic advancement in which it seeks to increase its sphere of influence to have systemic impact on regions, industries, value-chains and capital flows in ways that contribute to building open societies. It seeks to do this by deploying investment capital integrated with other interventions (i.e. policy advocacy, technical assistance and capacity building, community and civil society grant-making, and facilitation and participation in public discourse). The Programme Officer will work alongside investment officers to amplify the impact of investment capital, and support the public goods and institutions that empower marginalised groups through civil society development, technical assistance and policy advocacy. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 29th June 2016.

Senior Information and Research Manager – Comic Relief: Comic Relief is seeking a Senior Information and Research Manager. The successful candidate will work with colleagues to provide information about the grants Comic Relief makes and the issues it supports for stakeholders across the organisation. This will involve building on some existing work to reflect the organisation’s aspiration towards greater transparency and accountability and to celebrate its role as one of the UK’s biggest independent grant makers. The post-holder will develop systems and ways to provide reliable, current and relevant information about the issues Comic Relief supports. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 26th June 2016.



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


Public Meetings


June 13th – 19th
Russia and the Crisis in Ukraine: Between Western sanctions and a new modus vivendi? This event will present two new reports produced by the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Transatlantic Relations in Washington, D.C. and the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. The first study, “The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone”, draws on the work of a Transatlantic Strategy Group of Eminent Persons who propose ways to build renewed Western consensus on Eastern policy. It makes recommendations as to what the West should do together with Russia, what the West should do with the common neighbourhood, and what the West should do on its own. The book was commissioned by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which is also a co-funder of the event. The second report analyses the crisis in Ukraine. It evaluates the lack of implementation of the Minsk agreements and argues that EU sanctions vis-à-vis Russia have to be maintained beyond July 2016. Recommendations are made with a view to overcoming the deadlock in the Ukraine crisis. The event will take place on June 17th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

June 20th – 26th
Balancing Security versus Liberty in the Age of Global Terrorism: Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, policy makers are attempting to find the right balance between effective counter-terrorism instruments and upholding civil liberties. After years of deliberations, the European Parliament recently approved the Passenger Name Record Directive, and Europol was given a new, yet some say weak, mandate to facilitate coordination between police agencies. These are unlikely to be the last steps national governments and the EU will take to confront terrorism. In 2001, the United States was faced with similar challenges after the 9/11 attacks. This meeting, hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the AJC Transatlantic Institute, will address questions such as: ‘What lessons can be drawn from the U.S. experience?’ and ‘Which viable solutions exist to protect citizens but also their civil liberties?’ Speakers will include: Veerle Van Crombrugge, Deputy Chief of Staff to the State Secretary for Privacy in the Federal Government of Belgium; Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator; and Joseph Sternberg, Editor, Editorial Page, Wall Street Journal Europe. RSVP 20th June 2016. The event will take place on June 21st, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

June 20th – 26th
EFC Disability Thematic Network – European Foundation Forum for Inclusion: In Europe there are approximately 80 million people living with a disability, and far more if we consider those with temporary impairments and the ageing population. Accessibility is a cross-cutting issue in building inclusive communities and a tool to achieve fairness and social justice which empowers people to enjoy culture and leisure activities. It is a pre-condition for people with disabilities to fully participate in society. At this conference foundations, policymakers, associations and organisations will exchange views and best practice on the mainstreaming of accessibility. The event will take place on June 22nd, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.



July 11th – 17th
Funding for National HIV Advocacy and Rights Programming – a Gap in the Response: This meeting will provide an opportunity for donors who have identified the gap in funding for national HIV advocacy and rights organisations to consider how it should be filled. The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund will share how they were able to mobilise donors to provide sustained support for leading networks in HIV response, and reflect on the possibilities and limitations of its own structure to address gaps in national responses. This will be followed by a discussion on the opportunities to learn from RCNF’s experience to mobilise increased resources for national responses. The event will take place on July 17th, 2016 in Durban, South Africa.



June 20th – 26th
Environmental Funders Network Summer Lunch with Catherine Howarth: At this event Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction, will talk about how foundations can make use of their investments to achieve their missions. ShareAction’s work harnesses the power of both individual citizens’ investments, through work on pension funds and shareholder engagement, as well as those of institutions such as trusts and foundations. Attendees will hear practical advice on how foundations can use, and have used, targeted efforts to achieve significant progress in the issues of particular concern to them. This lunch is particularly aimed at trustees, but staff members are welcome to join. To register email The event will take place on June 21st, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

June 20th – 26th
Issues Facing the LGBT Community and Their Impact: Opportunities for Philanthropists and Advisors: Basic protections afforded to LGBT people in the United Kingdom have improved in recent years. However, the global LGBT rights movement continues to face challenges on an individual and societal level. The event will provide regional overviews of LGBT issues in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Africa, as well as highlight implications for philanthropists and key opportunities for donors to engage in this work. Participants will learn from two philanthropists who work in strategic grant making in the international LGBT movement, and professional advisers will learn about LGBT philanthropy in order to be able to respond to clients interested in this area. The event will take place on June 21st, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

June 20th – 26th
Rebalancing the Power: This event, in partnership with The Bulldog Trust, will draw on examples of collaboration to explore whether charities should, and can, do more to put themselves in the driving seat in relationships with funders. The event will ask: Are funders prepared to share power? Are charities able to step up to the challenge? What determines the nature of the donor-recipient dynamic? Do we need to challenge it? Why, and how can we do so? What role is there for beneficiaries? Can the donor-grantee power dynamic ever truly be overcome? The event will be chaired by Mary Rose Gunn, Chief Executive, The Bulldog Trust, and participants will hear from speakers including: Danny Kruger, Chief Executive, West London Zone; Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus-PEF; Rob Abercrombie, Director of Research & Consulting, NPC. The event will take place on June 21st, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

June 27th – July 3rd
Asylum, Refugee and Migration: What is the role of philanthropy in reducing poverty? Hosted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Association of Charitable Foundations this meeting will ask ‘What is the role of philanthropy in reducing poverty in the UK today?’ Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will present on her ten years at JRF; reflecting on Joseph Rowntree’s legacy as a businessman and philanthropist, and examining the role of philanthropy and grant making today. In a time of austerity, what should the role of civil society be, and how can funders best support a wider movement for greater shared prosperity in the UK? The lecture will be followed by an “in conversation” with Julia and a panel of respondents to include Sir Clive Cowdery, founder of the Resolution Foundation and Caroline Mason CBE, Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This will be chaired by Amanda Jordan OBE, Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations. The event will take place on June 28th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Also see Migration and Law Network 2016 Conference with QMUL and ‘Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis’ Special Film Screening.

June 27th – July 3rd
In or out: what future for UK human rights now the EU referendum is decided? The outcome of the EU referendum on 23rd June seems set to be a decisive factor regarding the future of the Human Rights Act and the UK’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights. During the election campaigns, prominent ‘Remain’ supporters such as Home Secretary Theresa May MP have called for the UK to stay in the European Union but to leave the European Convention on Human Rights, while prominent ‘Leave’ campaigners including Michael Gove MP and Boris Johnson MP have argued the precise opposite. Whatever the outcome, it seems certain that those working to prevent the UK from sliding back on human rights will face a complex and potentially volatile political environment as the Conservative Party regroups and starts the process of choosing a new leader. In the immediate aftermath of the election result, this expert roundtable will explore possible scenarios and their challenges and consider the most effective strategies for engaging with them. The event will also inform discussions among funders concerning the future strategy and approach of the Thomas Paine Initiative. Speakers will include: Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty; Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future; Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue; and Dr Tobias Lock, University of Edinburgh. To register email by 22nd June 2016. The event will take place on June 27th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

June 27th – July 3rd
The Philanthropy Programme – Cross-border Giving – A Practitioner’s Global Guide to Giving: The number of clients looking for advice with their giving is growing, with clients often having international objectives and goals for their philanthropy. The necessity for advisors to be informed on international best practices, planning opportunities, and risks is therefore increasingly fundamental to the service advisors offer and clients anticipate. Cross-border giving can often be difficult to structure when foreign legal and financial systems operate in a different manner. This session, hosted by Philanthropy Impact, will provide global guidance on cross-border giving involving Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Panellists will examine cultural differences in giving, legal risks (i.e. money laundering), tax implications of giving in or to other regions, foundations providing donations globally, and potential implications if UK leaves the European Union. The event will take place on June 28th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.



June 27th – July 3rd
The Perfect Storm: Closing Civil Society Space and LGBTI Organizations: ‘The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya and Hungary’ is a new report, commissioned by the Global Philanthropy Project, which offers a broad overview of how this issue is affecting LGBTI movements in these countries. At this US launch and funders’ reception attendees will hear about this research on the state of government, multilateral and foundation funding for LGBTI communities worldwide. The full report can be accessed here. To register email enepon@global‌philanthropy‌ by June 24th, 2016. The event will take place on June 28th, 2016 in New York, United States.



October 3rd – 9th
10th ISHHR Conference: Mental health, mass people displacement and ethnic minorities: The theme of the 10th International Conference of the International Society for Health and Human Rights will be ‘Mental Health, Mass People Displacement and Ethnic Minorities.’ The meeting will focus on the displacement of communities as a result of conflict, the phenomenon of mass-traumatisation and the response of the European neighbourhood, particularly Central Europe, to the mass influx from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly as a result of the Syrian crisis. As this is a global challenge, contributions from experts in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region will also be welcomed. While the event is targeted at psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other support workers, the conference also aims to build the capacity of researchers, advocates, journalists, students and individuals working in the field of refugee support, civil society and community development. The event will take place between October 3rd and 6th, 2016 in Novi Sad, Serbia.



June 27th – July 3rd
Breaking Ground: City Solutions for Refugee Housing: In the city of Cleveland, welcoming refugees may also be the solution to the problem of vacant homes in a sagging rust-belt economy. Danielle Drake from US Together will join this webinar to discuss how Cleveland is re-thinking its social housing model for refugees as part of a larger strategy to re-vitalize local neighbourhoods and improve living conditions for all residents. Fifteen years ago, the city of Münster rejected the temporary, camp-like refugee housing models of the period and embraced a humanitarian approach that improves living standards while helping normalize the settlement experience for everyone, turning strangers into neighbours. Today, that foresight is helping cities like Münster accommodate an unprecedented wave of Syrian refugees to Germany. Jochen Köhnke, Councillor for Migration and Intercultural Affairs for the City of Münster joins the conversation to share challenges and successes from the city’s refugee housing experience. The event will take place online on June 30th, 2016.

June 27th – July 3rd
2016 Global Peace Index: What are the trends in global peace that have we observed over the past 10 years? What is the cost of violence containment? What does the data say about where to invest in peace and security? In this webinar Michelle Breslauer, Deputy Director of Programs, Institute for Economics and Peace/Charitable Foundation, will present the findings of the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The GPI measures the peacefulness of 163 countries and territories, across 23 indicators of conflict, safety and security, and militarization. The 2016 GPI report reviews long term trends in violence, conflict, and peace; estimates of the global economic impact of violence, a conceptual discussion around the drivers of peaceful societies and resilience, and a review of data to measure SDG16. The event will take place online on June 28th, 2016.



June 20th – 26th
Sustainable Development in Europe – Mercator European Dialogue: There is new momentum behind the sustainable development agenda. The UN agreement on the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” set 17 clear goals and 169 targets for action, and the COP21 Paris Climate Change Conference brings new commitments and impetus. This meeting will provide an opportunity for national parliamentarians to discuss the best ways to make renewed progress on this issue. Participants will hear from experts about the latest developments and the implications for policy makers, as well as the strategies and approaches being adopted at a national level and how these can be placed within a positive European framework. There will also be discussion on how to strengthen political drive on this vital issue. The event will take place between June 24th and 25th, 2016 in Vienna, Austria.



November 7th – 13th
Networking European Citizenship Education 2016 Conference: “Crossing borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe”: The NECE Conference 2016 will focus on two themes: firstly, the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies, and secondly, how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate on migration, diversity and identity which was triggered by the migration flows taking place since the summer of 2015. The meeting hopes to address three questions relevant to citizenship educators: How can societies learn to live with uncertainties in an age of hybrid identities caused by migration and a “world without borders”? What kind of competencies, tools and/or projects do we need to deal with fears about migration and the future of the “West”? And against the background of the current crises: What is our vision of Europe, its values and its future? This conference is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the ERSTE Foundation. The event will take place between November 10th and 12th, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants. 

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