Ariadne’s Thread – June 2017

Ariadne’s Thread – June 2017
Juni 14, 2017 Lori Stanciu

June 2017

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: NON-FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS A TOOL FOR BUILDING GRANTEE RESILIENCE: Ariadne, in collaboration with the Bodossaki Foundation, will hold a joint webinar on 6th July, between 14:00-15:15 BST (16:00-17:15 CEST) looking at non-financial support as a tool for building grantee resilience. The webinar will provide different perspectives on the value of foundations providing non-financial support to grantees (including training, mentoring, coaching, consulting and networking), drawing on the Bodossaki Foundation’s experience. By attending this webinar, funders will develop an understanding of the value of non-financial support as a way to complement and enhance the impact of grant-making, gain appreciation of how non-financial support can help grantees to increase the impact of their work on the ground and learn how to build cross-sector partnerships, taking into account different needs and motivations. Speakers TBC. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: 2017 ARIADNE GRANT SKILLS DAY: MOVEMENTS MATTER: THEY CAN INFLUENCE CHANGE: This year’s Grant Skills Day will focus on why movements matter. In light of a rising tide of populist movements and post-truth politics, movement-building has the potential to influence change, acting as a catalyst and equaliser by putting people’s voices at the centre and transforming systems from the ground up. By attending the event you will gain an appreciation of how funders can recognise and support movements and make links with fellow funders who are already funding or considering funding in this area. Speakers will include Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programmes at AJWS and Jessica Horn, Director of Programmes at African Women’s Development Fund. See the Ariadne portal for more details. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour’s tuition to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday 20th July, 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 RSVP to Lori Stanciu.

ARIADNE STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-20: As Ariadne enters its 8th year of operation, we have created a new strategic plan which sets out the direction of travel for the network for the next three years. In preparation of this plan, Ariadne conducted a survey of members and in-depth interviews with a collection of key stakeholders, including active members, donors to the network, and Advisory Board members. This plan reflects the feedback received during that process and aims to provide members with an overview of Ariadne’s future work and priorities. The plan sits on the home page of the Ariadne portal.

ARIADNE 2018 POLICY BRIEFING:  Next year’s Ariadne Annual Policy Briefing and Networking Event will take place in Paris, France (as suggested by last year’s participants). We will select a date and open the call for session proposals in early Autumn. More details will follow on the Ariadne portal soon. In the meantime, those interested can join the Ariadne Francophone community to find out the latest developments in the region.




The next Thread will go out on Thursday 20th July. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by 18th July if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements

New strategies for tackling inequality with human rights: To confront inequality, the Ford Foundation is harnessing the human rights framework to address political and socio-economic systems. In this article for Open Democracy, Martín Abregú, Vice President for Democracy, Rights, and Justice at the Ford Foundation argues that this framework can, and should, be applied to confronting inequality at its roots. And if inequality is a structural problem that also implicates social, cultural, and political systems, it is incumbent upon funders to think about their human rights work in a different way.

New ICTJ Study: Syrian refugees in Lebanon see security, restoration of dignity as key conditions for return: A new report from the International Center for Transitional Justice argues that discussions about a future return of refugees and coexistence among groups currently at war in Syria must begin now, even in the face of ongoing violence and displacement. The report, titled Not Without Dignity: Views of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon on Displacement, Conditions of Return, and Coexistence, is based on interviews with Syrian refugees living in Lebanon as well as organisations working on issues related to Syrian displacement in Lebanon and Turkey. It provides a window into the experiences of refugees who fled to Lebanon and their concerns, expectations and priorities.

Why internet access is a human right: In this article for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Steven Feldstein, Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Programme Non-resident Fellow, looks at several ways in which the advocacy groups should respond to the repressive governments that restrict the Internet access to their citizens. He also discusses how advocates are best placed to spur the creation of an international norm to protect Internet access.

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities: This research project was commissioned by ERSTE Foundation and implemented by the Social Entrepreneurship Center at the Vienna Unversity of Economics and Business. The report aims to develop a better understanding of the current state of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the diverse pathways of its development, and its possible future trajectories. See also, 2017 State of Civil Society Report by CIVICUS and Hungary to Modify Law Regulating Foreign-Funded NGOs, by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A right not a threat: Disproportionate restrictions on demonstrations under the State of Emergency in France: Powers designed to combat terrorism have been repeatedly misused to curb peaceful protest, a new report from Amnesty International has found. The report reveals that hundreds of unjustified measures restricting freedom of movement and the right to peaceful assembly have been issued under the guise of countering terrorism. Following the Paris attacks on 13th November 2015, France’s state of emergency, introduced a day later, has been renewed five times, normalising a range of intrusive measures. These include powers to ban demonstrations on vague grounds and prevent individuals from attending protests. Last week, President Macron indicated that he will ask parliament to extend it for a sixth time.

Aspiring non-profit leaders of colour face structural bias, study finds: To address the racial leadership gap in the non-profit sector, organisations and their boards must go beyond recruitment, training, and retention and work to dismantle systemic bias, a report from the Building Movement Project and the Annie E. Casey Foundation argues. According to previous studies, over the last fifteen years the share of people of colour in non-profit CEO and executive director positions has remained flat at under 20 percent. Based on a survey of nearly forty-four hundred people working in non-profits, the new report, Race to Lead: Confronting the Non-profit Racial Leadership Gap, found that white respondents and respondents of colour had similar educational backgrounds, qualifications, experience, salary, training, and leadership skills.

Transforming violent extremism: A peacebuilder’s guide: This new guide from Search for Common Ground shares the learnings of the organisation from their 20 years of work in transforming violent conflict and responding to violent extremism. This guide captures those insights and offers guiding principles for peacebuilders and on-the-ground practitioners working on combating violent extremism. See also, The Global Peace Index 2017, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Mass abuse and push-backs of migrants along Western Balkan route: Oxfam released the report “A Dangerous Game” in cooperation with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association which, as well as the abuses, documents various cases of pushbacks and obstacles to accessing fair asylum procedures, lawyers and translators. The report calls on the governments of Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria to immediately stop violating the rights of people seeking protection, and demands that the European Union ensure compliance with international law and human rights standards throughout member states. See also, Shortcomings in accessing protection in Greece, a new report from the organisation Aitima, which is the result of a six-month project on monitoring the asylum system in Greece.

Bridging the gap between policies and reality – FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2017: Ten years after FRA’s establishment, this year’s Fundamental Rights Report reflects on the highlights and shortfalls of human rights protection in the EU over the last decade. The report summarises and analyses major human rights developments in the EU over 2016, with proposals for action regarding the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter and its use by Member States. It explores issues such as equality and non-discrimination, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, Roma integration; asylum, borders and migration, information society, privacy and data protection, child rights, access to justice, and implementing the UN’s disability convention.

Gender balance of power: Women’s representation in regional and local government in the UK and Germany: Politics in most countries is still very much dominated by men, which leads to a democratic deficit, as half of the population is not properly represented in local, regional or federal governments. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and IPPR have published a report comparing the representation of women at various levels of government in the UK and in Germany.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

EXHIBITION: Respected and protected: The rights of children exhibition: This exhibition highlights the importance of children’s rights and their slow but steady historical evolution. Held at London’s Central Family Court this collection of quotes, images and artefacts gives a powerful insight into the court’s work and proceedings. This venture brings together knowledge, expertise and resources from a wide range of institutions, including Coram, the Foundling Museum, the Museum of Childhood, Save the Children, and is supported by Thomson Reuters. The vision behind the exhibition is to inform the wider public about the history and significance of children’s rights up to the present day and to encourage the development of new cross-sector relationships and the resolve to bring about lasting change. See also, A child is a child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation, UNICEF’s six-point plan to keep refugee and migrant children safe.

VIDEO: WOMAN – A series of eight documentaries exploring how violence against women drives global instability: This series of documentaries by American feminist and writer Gloria Steinem, focuses on a variety of issues: from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unacknowledged murdered and missing women in Canada, femicide in El Salvador, and the incarceration of mothers in USA. The series was presented at Loud and United – Ending violence against women and girls conference, supported by The Kering Foundation, a Paris-based Ariadne member combating violence against women. Ariadne had the pleasure of joining Gloria; Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director of the Kering Foundation; and the European Women’s Lobby Network, to talk about racism and gender, women refugees in Europe, the new American President as well as women’s mental health. All these issues were raised during the last Ariadne Policy Briefing and are close to the hearts of many Ariadne members.

PODCAST: Two new podcasts from The Oxford Human Rights Hub: Abortion and reproductive rights, and law for transgender people in the US: Carol Sanger, Professor of Law at Columbia University discusses how we might expect the Trump administration to deal with abortion and reproductive rights. Corey Stoughton, former Senior Counsel at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, discusses the transformative potential of law for transgender people.

COLLABORATION: Joint-action at a local level – tackling modern slavery with local authorities and business: Shiva Foundation is coordinating a new multi-agency anti-slavery partnership in Hertfordshire. Made up of 15 agencies and organisations in the area, the Steering Group, which had its first meeting in May, has confirmed its commitment to work together to tackle modern slavery in the region. See also, A video animation shows how work can turn into labour exploitation, by the UK based organisation Focus on Labour.

VIDEO: Understanding Masculinities: An IMAGES MENA Film: The video Understanding Masculinities, by PROMUNDO, shows Saed, Mayer, Ahmed, and Adnan, who share their personal stories of supporting women in business, being hands-on fathers, and promoting gender equality more broadly through technology and theatre.

PODCAST: Alliance Audio – solidarity and philanthropy: In this podcast, Alliance editor Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, Director of the Stefan Batory Foundation; Stefan Schäfers, Head of European Affairs at the King Baudouin Foundation, and Liana Varon, Deputy Secretary General at the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey. These philanthropy experts and practitioners discuss the controversial topic of solidarity within philanthropy and how solidarity looks like from where they are.

VIDEO: How technology can advance gender equality, fight corruption, and inform voters: Motivated by the massive street protests in Iran following the presidential election in 2009, Firuzeh Mahmoudi started United for Iran, an organisation that uses new technology to advance gender equality, fight corruption, and inform voters. During her presentation at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum, Firuzeh discussed how apps are helping to advance civil liberties inside Iran.

INITIATIVE: Airbnb to help host 35,000 refugees in houses across Greece: Short-term property rental platform Airbnb has announced that it will be helping to find housing for some 35,000 asylum seekers in Greece. Airbnb is developing a special platform,, where property owners can offer their house or apartment to refugees for as long as desired or needed. The company hopes that its campaign, which is Europe-wide, will help house a total of 100,000 people across the continent. The initiative is run with the help of the nongovernmental organisation Solidarity Now.


Recording – Tele-briefing: Digital security for grantmakers: The recording of our digital security for funders webinar if now available on the Ariadne portal. In the digital age, grantmakers should be able to assess and help address the digital security threats faced by grantees and grant applicants. Yet, this is new terrain for most grantmakers and many face a myriad of challenges including not knowing where to start, the severity of potential threats, and how to address them. In this latest Ariadne tele-briefing, two authors of the recently published Digital Security and Grantcraft Guide, John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and Eric Sears, Senior Programme Officer at the MacArthur Foundation, share some of the recommendations from the report and answer questions from funders.

The Refugee Crisis in the Czech Republic: Government Policies and Public Response: In this blog, Marie Heřmanová and Robert Basch from Open Society Foundations Prague situate the Czech Republic’s response to the refugee crisis in the wider context of the emerging trends of the Visegrad countries. In it they outline the attitudes of the government, general public and civil society, and identify gaps which could be filled by human rights and social change funders.

Alliance Magazine diversity survey: Alliance Magazine is preparing an upcoming issue looking at the extent to which foundations reflect the communities they serve.  To help them address this question, they have prepared a five-minute survey about diversity within foundations. The deadline for responses is Friday 23rd June.

Lydia Alpizar’s reflections on building the FRIDA Fund and what it contributes to our understandings of movements: This interview is the first in a series of interviews with FRIDA’s founders and key individuals that helped create the world’s first young feminist fund. It is part of the fund’s commitment to documenting their journey. The theme of this year’s Ariadne’s Grant Skills Day is why movements matter and how they can bring about social change. To register or find out more, see the Ariadne News & Events section above.

Launch of the Connect Fund by The Barrow Cadbury Trust, in partnership with Access: The Barrow Cadbury Trust, in partnership with Access, the Foundation for Social Investment, has launched a £1.8 million Connect Fund for social investment infrastructure in England. The fund opened its first round of grant funding with expressions of interest on Monday 5th June and aims to support intermediaries and infrastructure organisations to make social investment work for a wider, more diverse range of charities and social enterprises.

Cross-thematic funder collaboration – the future of environmental funding: This new blog from Eva Rehse of Global Greengrants Fund UK, explores the value of funding at the intersection of environmental and social issues. As a grassroots, environmental justice funder, the fund employs a multi-faceted response to the complex problems it works on. Eva argues that, to be effective, the fund should form collaborations with funders working in other funding fields.

Learning from our funding – Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: As a wide-ranging funder, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is not an expert on every issue and sector they support. The real experts are the organisations they fund. They have much greater knowledge or lived experience, and they operate in the real world, without the security of an endowment. However, as an independent funder, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has an overview and a freedom which others in the sector do not. With this comes the responsibility to share what the foundation is learning from those it supports.

Risk management toolkit for funders: Arabella Advisors has been working for more than a year with the Open Road Alliance, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation and other philanthropic leaders, to improve philanthropy’s ability to deal with risk. Together with these organisations, they have developed a risk management toolkit that funders can use to determine their organisational risk profiles and how to integrate specific financial, governance, and other risk management activities into daily philanthropic practice.

Collective care in human rights funding: openGlobalRights in collaboration with Urgent Action Fund are hosting a series of reflections sharing tools to promote collective care in human rights funding.

Data Spotlight – HIV Philanthropy for Advocacy & Human Rights: Funders Concerned About AIDS launched a new tool to illustrate the funding gaps in HIV programming by providing a mapping of resources available for HIV research, rights-based work, and advocacy.

Smart Risks – How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems: This new book, co-edited by Jennifer Lentfer of Thousand Currents, is a compilation of 30 essays that explore how responsive grantmaking, focused on grassroots wisdom and close connections, can make a lasting impact in the Global South.

Disability Rights Fund opens letter of interest process for Uganda: The Disability Rights Fund has opened a letter of interest process for applications for funding from Disabled Persons’ Organisations in Uganda, who did not receive a DRF or DRAF grant in 2016. Any questions on the letter of interest process should be directed to


Jobs and Tenders

Funding and Relationship Manager – Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund is hiring a Funding and Relationship Manager to manage some of the most complex partnerships it has funded. The successful candidate will have experience of working with senior local stakeholders, be that leaders in local authorities, in health, or in the voluntary and private sectors. Location: Leeds, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 25th June 2017.

Team Manager – Open Society Foundations: Open Society Foundations is seeking a Team Manager to join its International Migration Initiative. The successful candidate will provide programmatic leadership and strategic development, and manage team processes related to grant making and supervision of staff. The current post holder serves as programmatic lead for IMI’s work in Migration Policy and Enforcement as well as a regional portfolio in Eurasia. Programmatic responsibilities may shift over the course of the next year, and as such IMI is seeking someone with familiarity across a range of migration issues, including: international protection, migration governance, and labour migration. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2017.

Programme Officer – Ford Foundation: Ford Foundation is seeking a Programme Officer to support its work in Creativity and Free Expression. The successful candidate will assess and analyse the field of investigative journalism to identify its key ecosystems and work with various actors to shape and influence agendas to address diagnosed problems and opportunities. They will also serve as a connector of grantees, and work with various actors on issues of common concern to leverage positive impact towards common goals. Location: New York, United States of America. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Director of Programmes – Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Astraea is recruiting a Director of Programmes. The post holder will work with a programme team to develop over-arching programmatic strategy and lead day-to-day activities. Responsibilities include managing the Foundation’s annual $3.5 million grants budget, developing initiatives to accompany grantee partners and strengthen their movements, actively representing Astraea in philanthropic spaces, and amplifying grantee partners’ work. The Director of Programmes will also actively participate in the overall management of Astraea. Location: New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.

Chair of Trustees – Rosa: Rosa, the first and only UK Fund dedicated to supporting women and girls, is seeking a new Chair of Trustees. The successful candidate will have senior-level experience, credibility and legitimacy with all Rosa stakeholders, to include the corporate and business sector, the foundation and voluntary sector and government. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.

Project Manager, Safeguarding and Organisational Development – Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation is hiring a Project Manager to oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of its Child Safeguarding Policy project. The successful candidate will also be expected to support in other organisational development projects of the foundation. At the end of the three-year period Oak will support the transition of this function to one of the partners strengthened through field-building during the initial three years. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Wissenschaftliche/r Referent/in – The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is seeking a researcher to work with its European Bureau in Brussels. The European Bureau of the FES accompanies the European integration process, conveys the interests of Germany in Europe, and contributes to the external relations of the European Union.  The researcher will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the dialogue, information and advisory programs and education. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2017. For more details and to apply, please contact Véronique Kieffer at

Programme Officer – Open Society Foundations: Open Society Foundations is recruiting a Programme Officer to join its Human Rights Initiative. The post holder will support the development of grant-making strategies to promote an enabling environment for activism and participation and be responsible for the implementation of that strategy. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 26th June 2017.



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


Public Meetings


July 9th – 15th
Peace-making in Colombia: Strategic Choices, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead: The Institute for Integrated Transitions invites you to sign-up to its intensive course: ‘Peace-making in Colombia: Strategic Choices, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead.’ The course is designed to provide global policymakers, practitioners and scholars with an in-depth, critical and behind-the-scenes perspective on how peace was negotiated in Colombia, how it is being implemented, what lessons it offers for peace-making elsewhere, and which key challenges lie ahead. The course will be led by a dozen of the principal Colombian advisers who worked for years on every issue in Havana, where the peace negotiations took place. The event will take place between 10th and 11th July 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.



July 3rd – 9th
Wie weit noch zur Verwirklichung des Sozialen Menschenrechts auf ein Höchstmaß an Gesundheit: The Eberhard-Schultz Stiftung for Social Rights and Participation is holding an expert talk titled” How far to the realisation of social rights to the highest degree of health?”. The two main topics of the day will be: Whoever is poor dies earlier – the importance of social inequality for the human right to health and Uninsured, not treated – barriers to access to health services for refugees and people without insurance. Please register by e-mail before June 29, 2017, stating your preferred topic. The event will take place on 4th July 2017 in Berlin, Germany.



June 18th – 24th
Does Europe Still Need Feminism? Thoughts from an Irish Activist: This meeting will ask: ‘It’s 2017, does Europe really still need feminism?’ In the coming months, Ireland may get closer to decriminalising abortion. Ailbhe Smyth, the veteran feminist leading efforts to make it happen, will share her rich experience from the women’s rights movement in the 1970s, to fighting for abortion rights in 2017 – and she’ll tell participants why feminism is as relevant as ever. The event will take place on 22nd June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.



Until 7th July
The Veil of Peace: ‘The Veil of Peace’ exhibition is the first chapter of a research project dedicated to the peace iconography of the socialist period in Romania and Moldova. The international circulation of the peace motif, especially in the non-aligned countries; the permanence of its presence in the official discourse of the post-war period, until the end of the 1980s; as well as its representation in all cultural forms, represent points of departure and the direction in which ‘The Veil of Peace’ project drives its research. The exhibition will take place between 9th June and 7th July 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.



October 15th – 21st
2017 PILnet Global Forum: A Global Conference on Pro Bono and Public Interest Law: The PILnet Global Forum will focus on how, through collaboration, law can be reclaimed as a force for good and work for all. The 2017 meeting will bring together expertise and networks from Europe, Russia and Asia and give local innovation a global stage. It will seek to connect activists, academics, pro bono professionals and public interest law champions, and provide them with opportunities to share the most effective techniques and skills of the legal profession – all to benefit the public interest. The event will take place between 16th and 19th October 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.



September 10th – 16th
European Conference of Community Foundations: ‘Building Bridges for Local Good’: The 2017 European Community Foundation conference will be hosted in Cardiff by the Community Foundation in Wales. The event will consist of a mix of plenary and workshop sessions, networking opportunities, research briefings, debates and leadership development. This year’s conference will be preceded by an international conference for 100 delegates from around the world who have an interest in the work of international community foundations. The event will take place between 11th and 12th September 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.



October 15th – 21st
2017 Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders: The Dublin Platform brings together over 200 people from approximately 80 countries, 100 of whom are at-risk Human Rights Defenders. The aim is to provide an opportunity for Human Rights Defenders to come together to share experiences, acquire new skills, develop new strategies and further their understandings of the mechanisms available at the international level. Attendees will include: UN Assistant Secretary General for human rights, Andrew Gilmour; UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst; Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard; and EU Special Representative on Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis. The event will take place between 17th and 19th October 2017 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. For more information email



June 18th – 24th
What Hope for UK Human Rights After the Election? It seems that the Human Rights Act and the UK’s membership of the European Convention on Human Rights have been given a stay of execution. Yet while the threat of reform may have moved into the distance once again, we are already witness to the deep damage to public confidence and civil society engagement that has been caused by a long-term ‘phoney war’ on human rights. It seems likely that this will continue. This meeting will ask: What do we think may lie in store for human rights after the election? What does this mean for future strategy and action?  Is now the right moment to claim victory and down tools or should we instead strive to fix the roof during a brief break in the bad weather?  And if the latter, which challenges require our most urgent attention and what action is necessary? The event will take place on 22nd June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 25th – July 1st
Generating and Sharing Data on Migrants and Refugees: Members of London Funders are invited to this meeting co-hosted with the Greater London Authority. The session will explore what kinds of data funders and funded projects hold on a current issue and how they make use of it. Vivienne Avery, from the GLA Intelligence Unit, will share data on migrants and refugees, and current challenges and questions. Charlotte Peel, from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, will demonstrate the data that JCWI generates, show how this is used to influence policy, and identify the challenges of sharing. The speakers will explore how sources of data can be linked, shared, and analysed to provide real-time, rich data on issues facing migrants and refugees, and what works in addressing issues. The event will take place on 28th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

June 18th – 24th
Cyber 2017: Ever more personal, commercial and state assets exist and operate in an increasingly hyperconnected cyberspace. Secure cyber connectivity is vital for nations, businesses and individuals but internationally, differences in cyber policy are emerging, affecting issues from data protection to national security. Attempts to exert greater control over cyberspace and incidences of cyber espionage have given rise to political tensions between countries, as well as between citizens and their governments. In this context, the risk of an increasingly fragmented cyberspace is very real, but without the ability for data to flow freely much of the value of cyber connectivity will be diminished. This event will take place between 26th and 27th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

 June 18th – 24th
Tackling Modern Slavery in the UK and Internationally – Next Steps for Prosecution, Protection and Prevention: This seminar will assess options for policy and stakeholder action in tackling modern slavery in the UK and internationally. It is scheduled to follow the publication of the Work and Pensions Committee report into the victims of modern slavery – which will focus on what more can be done by Government to offer help and support to those affected by modern slavery, including through financial means and the training of frontline staff. Delegates will discuss the strategy presented in the independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s annual review (October 2016), which laid down priorities for victim protection and the application of the National Referral Mechanism. Further sessions will examine the prosecution and sentencing of offenders, as well as the way forward for further international cooperation against human trafficking following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The event will take place on 20th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 25th – July 1st
Asylum, Refugee and Migration Network: Held by the Association of Charitable Foundations, the first part of this meeting will seek to provide an opportunity for funders to explore the role of technology and digital innovation in addressing social issues. The session will include an overview of the role of tech and digital innovation in the refugee and migration sector. Comic Relief will share their experience of developing a Tech for Good funding programme, and there will be an opportunity for funders to discuss the opportunities and potential barriers to funding this kind of work. The second part of the meeting will be a facilitated session, providing space for members to reflect on the future direction of the ARM network. The event will take place on 29th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 18th – 24th
Queer and Now: Launching the Pride in London Festival: To celebrate the powerful role of the LGBTQ+ community in arts and culture, Queer and Now invites people of all ages and identities to join in a host of live performances, talks, music, film and dance from artists rooted in the UK’s queer community. Explore Tate Britain’s landmark exhibition Queer British Art, 1861–1967 through music and lip syncing with artist Paul Maheke and curator Cédric Fauq, learn to vogue with Jay Jay Revlon, get a free manicure with trans activist Charlie Craggs, dance to DJ sets from Sink the Pink and DJ Ritu and enjoy a special selection of rarely seen films and documentaries from the BFI national archive. The event will take place on 24th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.



September 17th – 23rd
2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equality: CHANGE Philanthropy Partners and the UNITY Summit Planning Team invite you to attend their 2017 Unity Summit, which will focus on how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment. The event will take place between 18th and 22nd September 2017 in New Orleans, United States of America.



Until 30th July
Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection: The artists that make up this intergenerational selection address current anxiety and unrest around the world and offer critical reflections on our present moment. The exhibition considers the intertwining themes of social protest, the effect of history on the formation of identity, and how art juxtaposes fact and fiction. From Cairo to St. Petersburg, from The Hague to Recife, the artists in the exhibition observe and interpret acts of state violence and the resistance and activism they provoke. They re-examine historical moments, evoking images of the past and claiming their places within it. They take on contemporary struggles for power, intervening into debates about government surveillance and labour exploitation. Together, these artists look back to traditions both within and beyond the visual arts to imagine possibilities for an uncertain future. The exhibition will run until 30th July 2017 in New York, United States of America.



June 18th – 24th
Achieving Economic Empowerment for Rural Women: An Integrated Approach: This webinar will draw upon climate resilient sustainable agriculture, unpaid care work and violence against women, to explore how they interlink and how they impact on the realisation of women’s economic empowerment. Specific examples will be taken from the ActionAid Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment through Rights (POWER) project, particularly referencing their work in South East Asia. The event will take place on 20th June 2017 online.



September 24th – 30th
CEDAW for Change Institute: Course participants will learn about The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), offered in partnership with the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, the Women’s Solidarity Fund and the International Gender Studies Centre at University of Oxford. The course will look at CEDAW through an activist lens; exploring how the Convention can be used as an analytical framework and a practical tool for advancing feminist advocacy, and the role and importance of CEDAW within the context of transnational feminist organising. The course will be run by Costa Rican feminist jurist and Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women, Alda Facio. The event will take place between 25th and 30th September 2017 in Oxford, United Kingdom.



June 18th – 24th
Du bonheur d’être philanthrope : le don vu par l’économie du Bonheur : Dans de nombreuses cultures et traditions, le don est considéré comme une obligation morale, un devoir que l’on doit accomplir sans rechigner, en oubliant son propre intérêt. Devant la souffrance d’autrui, nous ressentons souvent de l’empathie, de la révolte, voire de la culpabilité. Ces émotions « négatives » ont d’ailleurs été utilisées par de nombreuses ONG dans leurs campagnes de collecte. Dans cette perspective, parler du bonheur de donner peut sembler incongru et même tabou. Pourtant, la recherche expérimentale en économie, en psychologie et en neurosciences nous apprend qu’il existe une relation intime entre le don et le bonheur. Que faut-il retenir de ces recherches ? Que nous apprend l’économie du bonheur sur le don ? Comment les différents acteurs de la philanthropie peuvent-ils s’emparer de la question du bonheur pour améliorer leurs pratiques ? L’évènement se déroulera le 20 Juin 2017 á Paris, en France.



October 1st – 7th
15th International Human Rights Colloquium: Human Rights Today: Crisis or Transition? The 15th International Human Rights Colloquium invites NGOs, activists and agents of social transformation to participate in a collective reflection on their role in the current and defiant global context, which severely threatens rights and freedoms. The organisers of the meeting will seek to facilitate sharing of how attendees have resisted setbacks throughout the world, and to create a space in which to rethink strategies adopted by the human rights movement and expand alliances to face the challenges imposed by this conservative wave. The event will take place between 1st and 6th October 2017 in São Paolo, Brazil.



September 24th –  30th
TBLI Conference Nordic 2017: At the 4th TBLI Conference, hosted by Nasdaq, participants will be invited to explore investment opportunities and learn about the latest trends in the Nordic Market on ESG and Impact Investing. The programme will be tailored to the needs of both ESG and Impact Investors, featuring: workshops with case studies, market analysis and lessons learned; TBLI masterclasses on opportunities, innovation and risks; plenary sessions with ESG investors, entrepreneurs, CSR and SRI specialists; and an entrepreneur pitching salon featuring pre-qualified businesses. The event will take place between 28th and 29th September 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.



July 30th – September 2nd
Open Air Cinema 2017: Humanity House’s annual Open Air Cinema is back this August, with films such as: The Good Postman, Gaza Surf Club, Singing with Angry Bird, Zaatari Djinn, and Miss Kiet’s Children. Open Air Cinema will take place throughout August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



October 29th – November 4th
ILGA-Europe Annual Conference: Change! Communities Mobilising, Movements Rising: At this conference, participants will be encouraged to ask themselves how they can put the needs and strengths of their own communities at the centre of their work. The focus will be on considering how to further strengthen LGBT communities so that they can come together, organise and demand that their needs are addressed, in solidarity with others. The conference wishes to explore how, together, participants can contribute to reversing populism by working on common objectives and making democracy work for people again. The event will take place between 1st and 4th November 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.



September 17th – 23rd
Measuring Social Impact and Social Value: This two-day workshop will seek to share with participants: what social impact is and how to measure it, how to understand and measure outcomes, how to develop a Theory of Change or Logic Model, how to conduct stakeholder mapping, and how to calculate social value. The event will take place between 21st and 22nd September 2017 in York, United Kingdom.

Ariadne is supported by Adessium Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Barrow Cadbury Trust, 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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