Ariadne’s Thread – June 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – June 2018
June 13, 2018 Hannah Stevens

June 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

GOODBYE LORI! Communications and Events Manager, Lori Klos, will be leaving Ariadne at the end of this week to start her new life in Germany! Lori has played a huge part in Ariadne’s development over the last five years and will be sorely missed by the Ariadne team. Thank you, Lori, for all your hard work, and good luck!

IMPROVEMENTS TO ARIADNE PORTAL SECURITY: On 13th June, the passwords of all Ariadne Portal users were re-set. Users have been sent instructions on how to re-set their passwords and set-up two factor-authentication. This forms part of our ongoing efforts to improve the portal and its security. Should you have any questions, or encounter any issues with these changes, please contact Hannah Stevens.

REGISTER NOW – FOR AN INCLUSIVE EUROPE: EUROPEAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL & RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: Ariadne and the Diversity Migration and Integration (DMI) thematic network of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) are organising the meeting “For an Inclusive Europe: European funders countering hatred and discrimination based on racial and religious bias”. Building on its “Seeking an Inclusive Europe: Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia” report, Ariadne is exploring with donors the needs in this sector and the challenges facing donors trying to address racism and intolerance. Through this regional event, Ariadne hopes to sustain European donors’ strategic thinking in this area, respond to appetite for greater collaboration, and ultimately generate more support for the field. It is open to representatives of grant-making foundations who support projects for social change and human rights both in national contexts and internationally. This meeting will take place in English in Brussels during the afternoon of Monday 25th June and the morning of Tuesday 26th June at Philanthropy House. To see confirmed speakers and to register, please click here.

INSCRIPTION – VIOLENCE CONTRE LES FEMMES: UNE EXPLORATION DES DONS PHILANTHROPIQUES: Ariadne a le plaisir de vous inviter à une présentation et une discussion sur le nouveau rapport “Mettre fin à la violence contre les femmes en Europe: une exploration des dons philanthropiques“. Sur la base de sondages et d’entretiens avec des bailleurs de fonds et des ONG, ce rapport dresse un état des lieux des dons pour mettre fin à la violence contre les femmes en Europe. Il suggère également des domaines dans lesquels un soutien supplémentaire ou des recherches complémentaires peuvent être nécessaires. Rejoignez-nous pour avoir l’occasion de discuter des conclusions du rapport avec la co-auteure Karen Weisblatt (Weisblatt et associés) et explorer ce que la communauté de financement pourrait faire pour aider à mettre fin à la violence contre les femmes en Europe. La réunion se déroulera le 2 juillet, 10h-12h. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer ici. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter

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.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 19th June 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.

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.

*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

Credit: The Backlash Against Civil Society Access and Participation at the United Nations – ISHR

The Backlash Against Civil Society Access and Participation at the United Nations: Civil society has the right to ‘unhindered access to and communication with international bodies’. However, that right is not being respected. ISHR’s new report, ‘The Backlash Against Civil Society Access and Participation at the United Nations’ documents a broad range of obstacles faced by human rights defenders, from opaque bureaucracies and procedures to physical threats and attacks. This video gives an insight into the report.

The fundamental rights of older people need to be better protected: Nearly 60% of Europeans consider being old a disadvantage when looking for work. Societies often view older people as burdens. Too often we overlook the basic human rights of our older people. This year, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in its 2018 report explores how a rights-based approach towards respect for older people is starting to happen.

Gender based violence in garment supply chains: Along with the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) and its members CENTRAL Cambodia, Sedane Labour Resource Centre (LIPS) Indonesia, and Society for Labour and Development (SLD) India, Global Labor Justice has released two factory level research reports exposing gender based biolence in H&M and Gap’s Asian garment supply chains. The coalition called for immediate action to be taken by H&M and Gap to end the violence and harassment that women garment workers are forced to endure regularly in their garment supplier factories. In response, Gap and H&M both told the Guardian that they would investigate the allegations and that they welcomed initiatives to tackle violence, including an ILO convention.

Beyond Reason: Brexit, Philanthropy and the Threat to Democracy: Written by Dr Peter Grant, Cass Business School, this paper considers the likely impact of the UK leaving the European Union around the three key referendum issues of the economy, sovereignty and immigration. It then suggests some of the ways charitable and private philanthropy should respond, especially regarding potential threats to British democracy.

Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Interests, Narratives and the Reciprocal Effects of the Occupation: This study from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs examines the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shapes and transforms the interests, narratives and options of relevant actors, in light of the failure of peace talks and the continuing occupation of the West Bank.

Third Sector Reform in Italy: EVPA continues to periodically launch National Policy Nexus highlighting concrete policy-related initiatives in EU countries. These 2-pagers focus on the learnings and challenges faced by each initiative. The goal of this series of publications is to serve as learning documents for other practitioners who wish to replicate existing policy initiatives in their respective countries. The latest Nexus focuses on the Reform of the Third Sector in Italy. Following new legislation in 2016, the Italian Government introduced some significant simplifications to the regulation addressing the third sector.

Border tensions and migrant suffering continue to feature in Member States: The situation at the EU’s external and internal borders, as officials process migrants entering or passing through the EU, remains tense in some places, finds the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report on migration-related fundamental rights issues. It also highlights some of the hardships many migrants, particularly women and children, continue to experience.

Trapped in the Matrix: Secrecy, stigma and bias in the Met’s Gangs Database: Over the past decade, the concept of ‘gang association’ has emerged as a measure for assessing potential harm to public safety from young people. Underpinning the increased use of the gang label by public agencies is a police intelligence system that purports to identify and share data about individuals who are considered to be linked to gangs. In London, this is most clearly institutionalised in the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Violence Matrix – a database of suspected gang members in London which went into operation at the beginning of 2012. In a new report, Amnesty International argues that not only does this data collection amount to an interference with young people’s rights, but the consequences could be serious for those labelled as ‘gang nominals’, more than three-quarters of whom are black boys and young men.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Credit: North Star Fading – Positive Negatives

ANIMATION: North Star Fading: This ‘zoom animation’ from Positive Negatives is inspired by the testimonies of 4 Eritrean refugees who fled their homes to make the dangerous journey across Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya to Europe.

VIDEO: When Roma Lead the Way to Prosperity: In recent years, many policymakers and NGO leaders have attempted to compile “success stories” demonstrating the results of their work to improve the lives of Roma. Oftentimes, they focus on their own short-term projects. But when you ask Roma communities, they do not see these projects as successes. If we want to see success stories, we need to look beyond short-term social assistance projects driven by the agenda of donors, intergovernmental agencies, and practically everyone but the Roma themselves. We need to look at communities where Roma have been relying on their own self-organisation to amend local authorities and create equality and prosperity for Roma in the long-term. This video focuses on the successes of local Roma leaders in Lom, northwest Bulgaria.

ARTICLE: What can western states learn from civil society engagement in eastern Europe? In this article for openDemocracy, Orysia Lutsevych writes about the lessons that can be learned on populism from new initiatives in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

BLOG: Do we have a right to a good death? Should doctors do everything they can to preserve life, or should some medical techniques, such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), be a matter of patient choice? In this blog for RightsInfo, Doctor Sarah Simons wades into the debate and argues that ‘do not resuscitate’ decisions are all about patients’ human rights.

PODCAST: An Interview with Rachael Rank: Open Data, Grantmaking and Philanthropy: In this episode of the Giving Thought Podcast, Charities Aid Foundation speaks with Rachel Rank, CEO of 360 Giving – an initiative promoting and supporting an Open Data approach among UK grantmakers. Topics covered include: What challenges has 360 Giving faced in terms of getting grantmakers to adopt an open data approach? Where does the work of 360 Giving fit within the wider move towards open data and transparency? What is the potential for applying new techniques and tools such as machine learning to the data being opened up on grantmaking?

VIDEO: German Donors Award: In May’s edition of Ariadne’s Thread we congratulated our friend and colleague Ise Bosch, founder of the Dreilinden Charitable Trust, on being awarded the Deutscher Stifterpreis (German Donors Award) for her commitment to human rights. The award is the highest honour in the German Philanthropic Sector. The video of Ise’s speech is available here (in German with subtitles in English) and the transcription is available here.

ARTICLE: Five myths about the refugee crisis: In this article for The Guardian, Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion on the refugee crisis.

BLOG: Why it’s time for a single market to liberate philanthropy: In this blog for Alliance Magazine, Felix Oldenburg writes about how with a new set of EU policies, and with a new EU Parliament and Commission on the horizon, there is a new reason to open communication. After all, the EU and philanthropy work towards many similar goals. First, of course, both sides have to fully understand the potential of collaboration.

PLAY: The Jungle: Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK. Click here to buy tickets for its run at the Playhouse Theatre, London.

VIDEO: TEDx KakumaCamp: TEDxKakumaCamp, which took place on 9th June, was the first TEDx event hosted in a refugee camp. Speakers included current and former Kakuma Camp refugees as well as international experts and artists who wish to make the world a better place for people forced to flee their homes. It offered a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution, of creativity. A video of TEDxKakumaCamp is available to watch.

ESSAY: Climate justice is possible when…we listen to the grandmothers: In this personal essay, Thousand Currents Executive Director Rajasvini Bhansali discusses a “toxic tour” in South Africa that inspired her to organise philanthropists in the U.S. to take bold action on climate justice. With three other grassroots funders, Thousand Currents created the Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund to provide everything from emergency grants to multi-decade commitments directly to frontline environmental activists around the world. In sharing her story, Rajasvini encourages funders to think bigger, more collaboratively, and more responsively in the midst of our time’s “moral imperative.”

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


Credit: Mapping Digital Landscapes – Astraea and TEGU

New Report on Digital Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe: Astraea and TGEU have released their new report, which provides a regional overview of digital organising by trans activists in 26 countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe (CAEE), emphasising shared patterns of digital usage, barriers to free and safe use of the internet, and resistance strategies to homo/transphobic-motivated censorship, surveillance, and online attacks. It also presents recommendations for funders and tech communities, social media corporations, and government entities.

Facilitating Financial Sustainability: New research from LINC, Peace Direct and Foundation Center details drivers of financial sustainability for local civil society organisations. The research draws on interviews with 120 stakeholders in six countries and analysis of more than 16,000 grant records, and highlights specific strategies employed by funders and CSOs to improve financial sustainability in varied development contexts. Learn more here.

Transformative Philanthropy – Giving with Trust: Ise Bosch, laureate of the German Funders’ Award 2018, Claudia Bollwinkel and Justus Eisfeld discuss the power gap between donors and funded projects. They argue that in the face of growing criticism of social inequality, philanthropy – itself a product of such inequality – can increase its relevance through reflected collaboration with marginalised groups. Illustrated with photographs by Muholi, South Africa. Discover the book and accompanying interview in German here. English publication in July.

Feminist Fundraising: why is it different? In this article, Amanda Mercedes Gigler, Director of Partnerships and Communications at Mama Cash explores how feminist fundraising is different. Amanda asks, ‘Do donors really give as much as activists? How often do we (or does anyone) write a thank-you letter to a local feminist organisation for the work they do to change the world?’

Nexus Fund Dangerous Speech Global Grants Now Open: The Nexus Fund has announced the opening of its 2018 Dangerous Speech Global Fund to support local efforts to reduce dangerous speech and its potential to catalyse mass violence. The request for proposals can be found here, and the deadline is 30th June 2018.

The Trouble with Charitable Billionaires: This Guardian ‘Long Read’ article discusses the problematic relationship between charitable giving and a company’s PR image. It also reflects on the fact that the system generating these philanthropists’ wealth is also driving inequality to new highs. This episode of the Freakonomics podcast ‘Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?’ discusses this issue of ‘moral licensing.’

Philanthropy in Brazil: This report on philanthropy in Brazil is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace which reviews the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. Other reports on India, Russia and the Arab Region are also available.

Time for philanthropy infrastructure to step out of the shadows: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Maria Chertok writes how as philanthropy grows in importance and extends into new areas of the globe, it is crucial to ensure that there is an adequate support system or infrastructure to enable philanthropy to take advantage of opportunities and to protect against threats. The purpose of this special feature is to develop a set of arguments that the support system’s role and place should be reimagined – for philanthropy’s own good.

Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it? In this blog, Gina Crane, Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation discusses the changes funders need to make to improve grant reporting.

Cross-Sector Collaboration for Better Social Outcomes: EVPA has partnered with MAZE – Decoding Impact, a Portuguese Social Finance intermediary, to issue a report on cross-sector collaboration for better social outcomes. Effective cross-sector collaboration encompasses projects where the public, private and social sectors collaborate in different ways (e.g. financially, operationally, etc.), working towards common societal objectives and outcomes. The report draws on live cases to explore the implications of cross-sector collaboration, preconditions for success, governance arrangements, actionable learnings and key challenges.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 12th July. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 10th July if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Programme Coordinator, Migration Exchange – Global Dialogue: Global Dialogue is seeking an organised, proactive person to coordinate the work of the Migration Exchange funder network. The coordinator role will support all aspects of the delivery of this work, including: meetings, administration, grantmaking and commissions, event management and support, finances and budget, funder reports and applications, commissioning and communications and mapping. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 5th July 2018.

Grants Officer – Bromley Trust: Bromley Trust is hiring a Grants Officer. The Trust is seeking someone who can help effectively manage its grant programme, adding value to its overall strategy as well as to the delivery and detail of the work. The post holder will have a talent for effective administration and helping a small team to maximise its impact; a commitment to and interest in learning more about human rights and prison reform; high levels of self-motivation, reliability and trustworthiness; and a friendly and collaborative approach to building relationships with colleagues, Trustees, applicants, grantees and partner funders. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 27th June (10am) 2018.

Grant Making Policy Officer – Open Society Foundations: OSF is recruiting a Grant Making Policy Officer. As part of the Grant Making Support Group (GMSG), the successful candidate will have a responsibility to advance the unit’s mission of building a shared culture of effective and efficient grant making practice in line with OSF’s mission, across the Open Society network. Location: New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 22nd June 2018.

Portfolio Officer (International) – Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund is looking for a Portfolio Officer to help deliver their new international funding strategy, which is focused on supporting disabled people to improve their livelihoods in Tanzania and Uganda. The successful candidate will support the delivery of Big Lottery’s international strategy in East Africa; manage a portfolio of grants; and engage with international development sector and civil society networks, gathering intelligence and learning to support the on-going development of the programme. Location: Glasgow, Scotland or London, England. Deadline for applications is 24th June 2018.

Trustee – The Bonnart Trust: The Bonnart Trust is looking to appoint a new Trustee. The Trust is expanding its activities in support of its network of scholars, developing opportunities for researchers to meet and support each other and engage with audiences within and outside academia. This includes increasing efforts to disseminate research outside of academia, influence policy, generate public engagement and bring about change. The successful candidate will be able to help, by bringing experience and contacts in the voluntary sector and/or professional areas where issues of intolerance and human rights are especially salient, for example social justice, law, social policy and education. Deadline for applications is 27th June 2018.

Consultant – European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM): The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is looking for an expert to conduct a progress evaluation of its Thematic Fund on the long-term prospects and protection of children and youth on the move in Europe. Deadline for applications is the morning of 24th June 2018.

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


Public Meetings


June 24th – 29th
European Democracy Network Meeting – E-participation: the key to more inclusive democracies? To fully understand the concept of e-democracy and e-participation, this meeting will begin with an introductory session to more fully understand what these concepts mean. Participants will then look at the how e-participation can improve democracy – looking at issues of quality, corruption and inclusiveness. They will also look at how e-participation affects the quality of democracy at a transnational and European level. These discussions will take place with the aim of understanding what is working, what is not working and where the funding gaps are in which philanthropy can play a role. The event will take place on 28th June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

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.



June 17th – 23rd
Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics: In 2012 Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence declared: ‘Sexual violence is no longer a gender issue’ as a way of acknowledging the prevalence of sexual violence committed against men and boys. The issue of sexual violence against men, gendered or not, is argued to remain one that is under-researched, rarely addressed in international policy and only recently identified by the International Criminal Court under the rubric of rape. The launch of the book Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics theorises sexual violence against men and boys and examines its deeply gendered roots from different angles based on primary and secondary research and commentary. The event will take place on 18th June in Geneva, Switzerland.



June 17th – 23rd
The Middle East after ISIS: What is at Stake? ISIS has been defeated militarily, but the fight for the Middle East is just beginning. At this event Gilles Kepel, author of The Rise of Jihad in the West, discusses the future of the region and how it will shape global politics in the decades ahead. Hear more about how sectarian conflict, bold new leaders, economic changes, and shifting geopolitics will be at the centre of the struggle for power and influence in the Middle East. The event will take place on 18th June in London, United Kingdom.

June 17th – 23rd
Ensuring HM Prisons Function as Safe and Purposeful Centres of Reform: Tackling Violence, Reducing Reoffending: This symposium will offer prison officers, governors, local authorities, health and care professionals, community rehabilitation companies and probation staff with an opportunity to develop strategies for ensuring HM prisons function as safe and disciplined environments for reform. It will also enable all stakeholders to share best practice in delivering pathways into employment and housing for prisoners upon their release. The event will take place on 21st June 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

June 24th – 30th
To End A War: This film screening, part of United Nations Cinema, is a chance to see a new documentary about the Colombian Peace Process and hear from the film’s director. To End a War explores what it takes both strategically and spiritually for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness, from war to peace. With unprecedented access to both political leaders, President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Chief Commander Timochenko, this intimate observational documentary film goes behind the scenes during this profound moment in Colombia’s history. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A on the peace process and the future of Colombia. The event will take place on 26th June in London, United Kingdom.

June 30th – July 7th
The Hearing: A high school student complains about their teacher expressing leftist views in the classroom, and then the teacher is called in for a hearing. This is the true story of Adam Verete who was publicly threatened and humiliated after opening a dialogue about the morality of an army in a public high school in Israel. Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s foremost human rights lawyers who represented Adam Verete in the judicial hearing, will join the director in a panel discussion after the show. The event will take place on 1st July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The New Israel Fund will also hold a literary salon with Michael Sfard on 2nd July 2018, when he will discuss his book ‘The Wall and the Gate.’

July 8th – 14th
Transparency and Risk in Philanthropy: Giving has become a billion-dollar industry and (U)HNW clients who are interested in philanthropy and giving are increasingly conscious of how transparency and risk affect their philanthropic endeavours, much as they would in their business transactions. As such, advisors need to be aware of clients’ potential concerns around giving, and ready to address these. At this event, a panel of experts will discuss how the advisor can better support those clients interested in philanthropy, but whose concerns about how it will affect them, or their lives, hold them back. The event will take place on 9th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

June 30th – July 7th
Will the Charity Sector Ever Embrace Diversity? NPC’s State of the Sector research highlighted a disconnect between a widespread belief that diversity is an important topic, and an understanding of what diversity can help to achieve. NPC believes there needs to be a move from ‘in principle’ discussion about diversity, to demonstrating this ‘in practice’–not least because diversity is central to delivering impact. But why is the diversity agenda not progressing more quickly within the sector? What are the barriers? What can the sector learn from others who are further along in tackling diversity? This seminar in partnership with Deloitte Not for Profit will ask: If done badly can efforts to promote diversity cause harm? Does the charity sector understand what inclusivity really looks like? Does the situation in the charity sector reflect the wider sense that we are living in a society intolerant of difference? Is the charity sector inherently racist? The event will take place on 4th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom.


June 17th – 23rd
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Conference on Philanthropy: Participants will explore one of the most discussed and debated concepts of our time, that of disruption. The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and ground-breaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy. The conference will examine, for example, the effects of pervasive inequality on disrupting social cohesion in economic terms and in terms of the unequal access to opportunities and other factors that facilitate social mobility. On the other hand, the conference will present those who, through their ground-breaking work, attempt to disrupt this cycle of inequality and bring about change on a local and global level. The event will take place between 21st and 23rd June 2018 in Kallithea, Greece.



July 1st – 7th
Donor seminar on the European community organising movement: The European Community Organizing Network invites you to a seminar on the role of the European community organising movement in combating the rise of right-wing populism and revitalising local democracy on the continent. This seminar will take place at the end of broader civil society event ‘Citizen Participation University,’ which you are welcome to attend. The event will take place on 6th July 2018 in Kunbábony, Hungary.



July 8th – 14th
Webinar on the Drivers of the Closing Space for Environmental Defence: The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society and Global Greengrants Fund invite you to this one-hour, funders-only webinar to learn about what drives the increasing restrictions on environmental defence in many countries of the world. What are the underlying reasons behind the deadly threats to environmentalists, what drives governments and corporate actors to curtail environmental protection, and how do funders address work on these drivers in response? Join speakers: Gillian Caldwell, Global Witness; Greg Tzeutschler Regaignon, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund; and Carolijn Terwindt and Christian Schliemann, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, authors of Tricky Business: Space for Civil Society in Resource Struggles for presentations and a Q&A. This webinar is the first in a series examining different aspects of the closing space for environmental defence. The webinar will take place online on 9th July 2018. RSVP by 29th June 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.



June 24th – 30th
Political Café: Armenia’s Peaceful Revolution: Last month Armenians took to the streets to protest Serzj Sargsjan which resulted in dismissal of the former president. What made the revolution in Armenia so unique? With activists from Armenia, academics and politicians, participants will discuss the current situation and prospects of the country. Serzj Sargsjan was appointed as prime minister by the Armenian parliament after he already served as president of the country for ten years. This move essentially prolonged his rule. Armenians were outraged, and a popular uprising followed. Driven young people, led by the charismatic opposition leader Nikol Pasjinjian rallied the nation behind them to get more freedom and democracy. The demonstrations led to the appointment of Pasjinjian as the new prime minister of the country without any violence or bloodshed. What are the democratic prospects of the country with the new prime minister? What will be the impact for the region at large? How do Armenians see this? What position does Europe take in this? During this programme, different speakers will discuss these matters and give their insights on the first peaceful revolution in the region. There is also room for some traditional Armenian art, culture and music. The event will take place on 25th June 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.



August 26th – September 8th
13th Summer School Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy: The 13th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by EIUC and CHRA. The 10-day training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 75th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change. The event will take place between 27th August and 5th September 2018 in Venice, Italy. Deadline for enrolment is 20th June 2018.

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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