Ariadne’s Thread – March 2017

Ariadne’s Thread – March 2017
March 22, 2017 Lori Stanciu

March 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

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS: WEBINAIRE ARIADNE-EPIM: COMMUNIQUER SUR LA MIGRATION: L’OPINION PUBLIQUE ET LES DÉFIS POUR LES ONG: En partenariat avec IFOP, Ipsos Mori et un panel d’experts, Purpose Europe et le projet More in Common ont mené au cours des 12 derniers mois une étude de la population française et de ses perceptions sur l’identité, l’immigration, les réfugiés et plus largement sur les notions d’ouverture et de fermeture. Mathieu Lefèvre, co-fondateur du projet More in Common et Senior Advisor de Purpose, présentera ces travaux. Michele LeVoy, Directrice de PICUM présentera les résultats préliminaires d’un projet de recherche commandé par la Social Change Initiative sur les défis et les opportunités pour les organisations de la société civile qui font du plaidoyer au niveau national et européen. Ce Webinaire sera facilité par Debora Guidetti, Coordinatrice de la Communauté Francophone de Ariadne et introduit par Fanny Georges, Collaboratrice de Programme de EPIM. Vendredi 24 Mars 2017, 11h30-12h30 CET (10 :30 – 11 :30 GMT). S’inscrire au webinaire ici.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR – WOMEN AND MIGRATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE: This webinar, which builds on Ariadne and IHRFG’s 2016 Funder Learning Visit to Jordan, will explore some of the responses given by women’s rights organisations to the gap in attending to the specific needs of women and girls within the EU’s response to the migrant and refugee crisis, which has serious implications for women and girls’ human rights. This webinar will look at some grantmaker strategies to address these and will be moderated by Annie Hillar, Senior Programme Officer for Women’s Funds at Mama Cash, with expert input on Syria, Lebanon and Turkey from Maria Al Abdeh, Executive Director of Women Now and on Europe from Markéta Hronková, Director of La Strada Czech Republic. The event will take place on Wednesday, 29th March, 2017 between 15:00-16:00 GMT / 16:00-17:00 CET.  To register, please click here. Please note this event is for funders only.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday, April 27th, 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.

REGISTER NOW: THE LIVING WAGE FUNDER SCHEME – FUNDERS SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE: Launched in June 2015, the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme supports charities to pay the real Living Wage that meets the cost of living.  Low pay is a problem in the charity sector, with hourly pay lower than in other sectors – it is a sector that is characterised by a high female workforce and large numbers of part time workers. The aim of the Living Wage Funders scheme is to encourage fellow funders to work together to reduce low pay in the charity sector. Join us on 12th May  at 11:00 BST to hear from two of the funders who have implemented the Living Wage concept into their giving. Speakers: Sue Wicks, Strategic Lead at Comic Relief, Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes at Barrow Cadbury Trust and Emma Kosmin, Programme Manager at the Living Wage Foundation. To register, please click here. Please note this event is for funders only.

REGISTER NOW: THE INTERSECTION OF THE ARTS WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS BRIEFING: The rise in the opposition to liberal values and attitudes has taken many funders by surprise and created a sense of uncertainty.  Funders recognise that there is a real need to find new ways of highlighting social issues. The Arts have the power to engage broad audiences, communicate difficult subjects in a non-judgemental way and reach across physical and psychological barriers.  Join us to hear how Positive Negative (Comics), Clean Break (Theatre) and Britdoc   (Documentary) have used their particular art form to help cross divides, challenge ideas and stereotypes, unveil uncomfortable issues and stimulate debate.  You will learn about what worked, what didn’t and why some art forms are good at translating difficult concepts. You will have the opportunity to see examples of their work and to hear from a funder why funding the Arts as part of a social change programme is important. The event will take place on 24th May , between 14:00-16:00 BST at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. To register please click here. Please note this event is for funders only.

STAY TUNED: FUTURE EVENTS: Ariadne will be running two more webinars in May, one looking at unaccompanied children in Europe and across the MENA region and one on non-financial support as a tool for building grantee resilience – details to be published soon on the Ariadne portal.

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 peoples’ 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. More details will be available on the Ariadne portal soon.





The next Thread will go out on Thursday, April 27th. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by April 25th if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements

The fine print: seeing beyond the hype in technology for human rights: In this article for Open Democracy, Zara Rahma, fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, looks at The Engine Room’s scoping study on the use of technology tools for human rights documentation. Zara argues that the challenges around technology implementation carry higher risks in the human rights sector than in other areas and thus, it’s critical that activists understand that no technology tool is going to “solve” any particular human rights issue. When it comes down to it, implementing and using technology successfully and strategically in this field is much trickier than it seems. This article is based on work done for The Engine Room’s Technology Tools for Human Rights report, released in November 2016 and supported by the Oak Foundation.

Human rights and disability: A manual for national human rights institutions: This new manual is intended for a global audience of NHRIs but is of interest to all pursuing implementation of disabled people’s human rights/implementation of the CRPD and in particular in securing a strong domestic ‘independent mechanism’. The manual was written by Neil Crowther, Director of the Thomas Paine Initiative, Professor Gerard Quinn and Abigail Rekas at the University of Ireland in Galway on behalf of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions.

Together in the EU: Promoting the participation of migrants and their descendants: Risk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.

Romanians’ resilience: In this article, Judy Dempsey, Senior Fellow for Carnegie Europe writes that civil-society movements across the EU can take heart from Romanians’ determination to speak out against corruption and strengthen the rule of law. Ariadne’s next Grant Skills Day will focus on why social movements matter. More details will follow on the Ariadne portal soon.

Anti-slavery groups call for better support for human trafficking victims: This new report from The Human Trafficking Foundation and 23 other anti-slavery organisations, argues that the support given by the UK Government to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery is not good enough to meet their needs. Government-funded support for human trafficking survivors ends abruptly and too early and there is little information or data as to what happens to them in the longer term. The report makes recommendations on the minimum standards needed for a sustainable support system towards recovery for adult survivors of slavery.

Shouting through the walls: Discriminatory torture and ill-treatment, case studies from Jordan: Equal Rights Trust, in partnership with Mizan for Law, published Shouting Through the Walls: Discriminatory Torture and Ill-Treatment, Case Studies from Jordan, a report which seeks to fill a vital gap in the under-explored relationship between discrimination and torture and ill-treatment. The report looks at the experiences of persons with mental disabilities and women held in “protective custody” in Jordan.

Guidelines for protecting rights of undocumented workers launched: PICUM has launched ‘Guidelines for developing an effective complaints mechanism in cases of labour exploitation or abuse’. It sets out recommendations for what a complaints mechanism should look like in order to ensure protection and access to justice for undocumented workers. The guidelines are available in English, Czech, Dutch, and German.

Tackling inequality: the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals: In this article for Open Democracy, Kate Donald, Director of the Human Rights in Development Programme at the Center for Economic and Social Rights looks at the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015 and their usage in advancing the fight against extreme inequality. Kate argues that Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing inequality will require profound changes to “business-as-usual” and close attention to human rights. See also Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Supporting Roma voices: This new report from the University of Salford and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Metropolitan Migration Foundation aims to address emerging knowledge gaps in the way the inclusion of migrant Roma in the UK is being addressed. The report explores the views and experiences of over 150 Roma people who have migrated to the UK in recent years.

Measuring peacebuilding cost-effectiveness: The latest report produced by The Institute for Economics and Peace and supported by Milt Lauenstein Philanthropy, presents new and important findings in the measurement of peacebuilding cost-effectiveness. The concept of measuring the impact of peacebuilding let alone its cost-effectiveness is still in its early stages. However, this paper introduces and examines the major issues, while detailing practical approaches to overcoming these hurdles.

Minimum income standard for London: New research from Loughborough University and funded by Trust for London, shows that 41% of Londoners have less income than they need for what the public regard as a decent standard of living, that is one that allows them to meet their basic needs and participate in society at a minimum level. This is significantly higher than the 30% that fall below the standard in the UK as a whole. This represents 3.5 million Londoners, an increase of 400,000 since 2010/11.

Lessons from Syria on women’s empowerment during conflict: Syrian women will be the pillars of any future democratic process. Their efforts deserve support from national and international actors, writes Mariah Al Abdeh, Executive Director of Women Now For Development, in an article for Open Democracy. Maria will be speaking in the next Ariadne-IHRFG webinar on Women and migration in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe, see Ariadne News & Events section for more details.

Impact investing and the choice to divest: Pymwymic, in association with Triodos Investment Management and Wermuth Asset Management, explore the Divest Invest movement from all angles, evaluating the options and the risks for investors, family offices and foundations. Written by impact investors for impact investors, the report looks at what is behind the decision to divest invest.

The information battle: How governments in the former Soviet Union promote their agendas & attack their opponents abroad: A new Foreign Policy Centre publication examines the ways in which the governments of former Soviet Union (FSU) look to shape international narratives about themselves by using media, social media, advertising and supportive organisations to promote their worldview and challenge the people, institutions and ideas that oppose them. The information battle examines the influence of Russian media content in the former Soviet Union and the wider world.

Global civic activism in flux: This report from Carnegie Europe charts how civic activism is evolving across eight countries. The case studies reveal crosscutting themes relevant to the future of civil society support.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Banksy opens hotel on Bethlehem barrier wall: British artist Banksy has launched Walled Off Hotel in hope of bringing Israeli tourists and dialogue to West Bank city.

WATCH: Protecting schools from military use: Law, policy, and military doctrine: This new video from Human Rights Watch (HRW) looks at the military use of schools or universities. This was released together with their new report called “Protecting Schools from Military Use: Law, Policy, and Military Doctrine,” which contains examples of law and practice from 40 countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen, instituting some level of protection for schools or universities from military use.

No Borders on Gender Justice: The No Borders on Gender Justice! campaign, launched by MADRE, AWID, JASS, Urgent Action fund, OutRights Action International, Women in Migration Network, and CWGL, aims to reclaim international democratic spaces threatened by the current global political climate and to defend the full range of women’s human rights.

Quiz: How well do you know your human rights… in numbers? This quiz from RightsInfo allows you to find out how much you know about your rights. The quiz includes recent stats from the European Court of Human Rights so you can test your knowledge.

Top companies ranked by respect for human rights: After two years of consultation, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has released its Corporate Human Rights Benchmark ranking the top 98 companies in agriculture, clothing and mining on their human rights performance. Out of 60 companies assessed on setting targets for paying the living wage, 59 companies scored a solid zero.

WATCH: One year after her death, Berta Cáceres’s voice lives on: Since she was murdered in Honduras one year ago, the courageous environmental activist and indigenous leader has become a global symbol of indigenous women’s struggle to protect their territories from corporate greed and an inspiration to those working to further her legacy. Hear from other indigenous leaders in this video by Ford Foundation.

How to win a feminist battle – six activists share their secrets: From helping to end a civil war to fighting the tampon tax, six women explain, in this article for The Guardian,  how their campaigns achieved the unimaginable.

Internal communications tools for third sector: Technology Trust is signposting communication tools which can help charities with their internal communications. These tools can be used for informal chats, online meetings and data management.  Many of them are free to try out.

LISTEN: Giving a voice to refugees: “Listen” is a pop ­up sound installation exhibition that will transmit the personal stories of refugees through 20 suspended headphones and is dedicated to giving refugees a voice.  This event is organised by Dami Hope Lawal, MA student at Goldsmiths University. “Listen” is supported by The Annual Fund, and is dedicated to giving a voice to refugees whose voices are not heard, by allowing the community to listen to the individual stories of why people are migrating from a migrant’s perspective.

Digital tools teach Indian boys about impact of child marriage: Engaging men and boys to end child marriage and promote gender equality can be tricky but Girls Not Brides member, Centre for Health and Social Justice, has developed an innovative new programme. They’re using podcast-style audio storytelling and messages delivered via mobile phones to teach young boys about the negative impact of child marriage.


2017 Ariadne Forecast: We are delighted to release our third Ariadne Forecast which aims to help funders plan ahead, see the big picture, and look at global and local trends. This is a community created resource that draws on Ariadne’s network of more than 600 funders in 24 countries. Ariadne participants and other friends of the network were asked six questions about trends in their field for 2017. We collected surveys and interviews from members across Europe and in January and early February held forecast meetings for funders in Brussels, Paris, London, The Hague, and Rome to discuss and add to the findings. In the end we estimate that around 175 people have had the chance to contribute to the Forecast. While the meetings and discussions at them were private, the final forecast is publicly available for all, as a reflection on the current direction of the sector so please feel free to share it with anyone interested. See also À quoi doit-on s’attendre en 2017 dans le secteur philanthropique? by Fondation de France (article in French).

Rien Van Gendt’s appeal to funds: ‘Help change attitudes towards refugees’ February 2017: In this article, Rien Van Gendt, in his capacity as the fellow of the Social Alliance responsible for the area of refugees and migration, highlights the importance of investing in the children of refugees and of taking a long-term approach focussing on potential rather than deficits.

Sixth workshop on foundations – Italian research in philanthropy awards: The “Dipartimento di scienze economico-sociali e matematico-statistiche” of the University of Torino, the “Centro di ricerche sulla cooperazione e il nonprofit” of the Catholic University of Milano, and Assifero – the Association of Italian grant-making foundations invite scholars to submit research proposals in the field of philanthropic foundations.  The awards aim to encourage and support specific research activity in the domain. Research projects must be sent to the “Selection committee” by April 30th, 2017.

Legal advice sector leadership development programme: Funded by The Baring Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at CASS Business School is now recruiting for the next round of its leadership development programme for senior leaders in the legal advice sector. The programme is aimed at Chief Executives and senior management and designed to nurture individual leadership talent, and equip leaders with the expertise to develop innovative, sustainable organisations. The programme runs over 12 months and is free to attend, with national travel and accommodation also covered. The deadline for applications is 13th April 2017 (midday).

Quantity and quality: Part 1 on funding women’s rights: This three-part series by Nicky McIntyre and Esther Lever of Mama Cash, explores how funding women and girls translates (or doesn’t) into money for feminist movements. Part 1 of 3, this article defines quality in funding.

Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online: This new censorship circumvention tool from The Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online enables users to access and share information without being traced, enabling free speech and a diversity of opinions in places where dialogue and openness can have major international security implications.

Free guide – Supercharge your grantmaking: This new guide from FluidReview by SurveyMonkey helps funders collect the information they need to make informed funding decisions while reducing the burdens of the application processes and requirements place on grantseekers and staff. The guide allows funders to create a simpler, more effective grant application process.

Strengthening social investment access and infrastructure: Barrow Cadbury Trust announced at the beginning of the year that they had won a bid to run a new Social Investment Infrastructure Fund in partnership with the Access Fund.  Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes at the Trust blogs about the aims of the £1.8m fund, and how it hopes to develop and strengthen infrastructure organisations.

Fund available to support crowdfunding: A new £100,000 fund has been announced with the aim of addressing inequality and lifting people out poverty. The Improving life for Londoners fund is available to organisations using crowdfunding and is in collaboration with Crowdfunder and The Social Innovation Partnership, Trust for London and City Bridge Trust.

New web-tool for advisers supporting destitute migrants: A new online tool has been launched by COMPAS in partnership with No Recourse to Public Funds Network and funded by the Legal Education Foundation, to help support staff work out if destitute migrant families are eligible for local authority support.  The new tool has been accessed over 1,300 times since its launch in January.

Digital security & Grantcraft guide: An introductory guide for funders: The Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and Mozilla Foundation launched the NetGain initiative in 2015 to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. Coming out of this partnership is a new guide, Digital Security & Grantcraft Guide: An Introductory Guide for Funders, which helps grant­makers both assess and address digital security concerns. It explains how to conduct a digital security “triage” of grants to elevate the digital security of your whole grant portfolio; while playing special attention to the highest risk grantees. And it provides suggestions for pathways to think more systematically about digital security.

Funding: Feminist Review Trust: The Feminist Review Trust gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women. In 2017 and 2018 they will particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries in areas such as: lesbian and transgender rights, violence against women and girls and disabled women and girls. The submission and decision deadlines are April 30th submission deadline for July 31st decision (Round 2 – 2017) and September 30th submission deadline for November 30th decision (Round 3 – 2017).

Infrastructure in focus: A new global picture of organisations serving philanthropy: This report is the second global picture of organisations serving philanthropy presented by WINGS that reflects on how we, as a field, can grow and strengthen philanthropy infrastructure worldwide.

Mama Cash’s 2017 grantmaking window is now open:  Mama Cash has opened requests for new grants from feminist groups led by women, girls and/or trans people. Information and (online) application forms are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.


Jobs and Tenders

Executive Director – Mama Cash: Mama Cash is seeking a new Executive Director. The successful candidate will build on the growth and opportunities that Mama Cash has accessed to date and ensure the organisation continues in strength to meet future challenges and opportunities. They will represent Mama Cash to current and potential partners and ensure that Mama Cash plays and active role in relevant spheres as a donor and leader in the feminist movement. Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline for applications is 10th April 2017.

Programme Manager, Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society: The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society is a new programme at Global Dialogue, developing and coordinating a global response by private philanthropy to the closing of civil society space. FICs is seeking a Programme Manager to work alongside the newly recruited Director. The overall purpose of this role is to help lead communications and outreach to the FICs network and support the efficient day-to-day operations of FICS. Tasks will include working with the Director to shape FICS strategy and outputs, and managing and curating learning resources for the FICS network. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 26th March 2017.

Programme Associate, Natural Resource Rights – American Jewish World Service: AJWS is seeking a Programme Associate to provide programmatic and administrative support for the organisation’s grantmaking in Natural Resource Rights and Climate Justice globally. The successful candidate will work with the director and programme officers to collect and communicate key information about AJWS programmes for internal and external use. The Programme Associate will also provide broader administrative and logistical support to the programmes division, and work collaboratively with other departments to support AJWS advocacy, campaigns, communications and fundraising efforts. Location: New York, United States. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

Director of European Office – Fund for Global Human Rights: The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking to recruit a European Office Director; a member of the Fund’s leadership team, which collectively oversees strategy, programmes and operations. The Director will be responsible for articulating and implementing the Fund’s strategic development in Europe. Specifically, they will provide the Fund’s voice in Europe on the significant human rights issues of the day, oversee the operations of the London office, guide the Fund’s collaboration with peer organisations, lead European fundraising efforts, build and sustain good relations with others involved in supporting frontline human rights work, and engage with human rights actors at all levels to spot trends and help the Fund anticipate and respond to future challenges. Location: London, United Kingdom. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Operations and Communications Officer – Barrow Cadbury Trust: Barrow Cadbury Trust is seeking an Operations and Communications Officer. The successful candidate will be responsible for the smooth-running of the office and day-to-day facilities management: liaising with suppliers, troubleshooting problems and managing the office space. The post holder will also play an important role externally by supporting the organisation’s Communications Manager with the Trust’s web presence, social media and events management. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 3rd April 2017.

Programme Manager, Communications and Development – IHRFG: IHRFG is seeking a Programme Manager for Communications and Development. The successful candidate will oversee communications strategy, create content for the organisation’s website, manage social media accounts, coordinate institutional fundraising operations and write grant proposals and reports. The post holder will maintain high quality fundraising systems and relationships with key donors and effectively communicate the core tenets and value of human rights funding to the IHRFG network members and broader funding community. Location: New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 17th April 2017.

Programme Manager, Engagement – IHRFG: IHRFG is seeking a Programme Manager for Engagement. The successful candidate will support IHRFG’s membership to reflect critically on their grantmaking and to strategise on how to best leverage their resources to advance human rights globally. Key areas of responsibility will include: building relationships within and expanding the reach of the IHRFG network; working collaboratively with members to develop and implement funder convenings, including annual conference, strategy calls/meetings, webinars and workshops; facilitating coordination and collaboration among human rights funders, including coordination of working groups; and planning, evaluation and fund development. Location: New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 17th March 2017.

Programme Officer – Open Society Foundations: The OSF South Asia Programme seeks to advance the rule of law, democratic practice, good governance, health rights, and rights of people with disabilities in South Asian countries. The Programme is looking to recruit a Programme Officer who will be part of the Asia Pacific Regional Office team and will report to the South Asia Regional Manager with a focus on grant-making, strategy development, policy analysis, and advocacy efforts to promote the Programme’s vision. Location: New York, United States. Deadline for applications is 23rd April 2017.



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


Public Meetings


March 26th – April 1st
The Information Battle: How Governments in the Former Soviet Union Promote Their Agendas & Attack Their Opponents Abroad: This event will focus on the ways in which governments of former Soviet Union countries look to shape international narratives about themselves by using media, social media, advertising and supportive organisations to promote their points of view and exert pressure on those who oppose them. The event will take place on 29th March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. RSVP to

April 9th – 15th
Free Movement of Persons in the EU: A Loved and Feared Reality: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, European Citizen Action Service is organising a high-level conference to outline the current obstacles to free movement and strategies for restoring trust in this fundamental EU right. The conference will seek to: identify the current challenges to the fundamental EU right of free movement and explore viable strategies and actions for restoring trust in, and recognition of, this most notable achievement of the European project for citizens. The event will take place on 12th April 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

March 26th – April 1st
Echoes from Syrian Civil Society: Which Path for the Syrian Civil Society in an Increasingly Challenging and Uncertain Environment? On the eve of the EU/UN-led conference on ‘Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,’ the European Endowment for Democracy and ActionSyrie invite you to their discussion: ‘Which path for the Syrian civil society in an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment?’ As the war in Syria enters its 7th year, civil society activists continue with their work. Majd Chourbaji and Karam Hilly – representatives of pro-democracy civil society movements, who continue to work with communities inside Syria as well as Syrian refugees – will shed light on the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The event will take place on 29th March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.



October 15th – 21st
PILNet Global Forum: A Global Conference on Pro Bono and Public Interest Law: PILnet’s 2017 Global Forum will focus on how the global network can reclaim law as a force for good, and find ways to collaborate in making law work for all. Bringing together expertise and networks from Europe, Russia and Asia, the 2017 Global Forum hopes to give local innovation a global stage. It will connect leading activists, academics, pro bono professionals and public interest law champions from around the world, 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.



April 23rd – 29th
The Global Swing to the Right: Arjun Appadurai is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and Visiting Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin for 2016-17. He is an expert on globalisation, cities and migration. This lecture will draw upon some of Albert Hirschman’s ideas about exit, loyalty and voice to examine the factors behind the recent global rise of authoritarian populist leaders and movements. An argument will also present the European refugee crisis in the context of this trend. The event will take place on 25th April 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.



March 26th – April 1st
I Can Make it Exchange: Organised by Disability Rights UK, this free half-day event seeks to share with participants more information on disability and the Social Value Act, through a range of talks, presentations and group discussions. To attend this exchange of ideas on how to create jobs for people with disabilities and health conditions, contact: anna.denham@‌ The event will take place on 27th March 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

March 26th – 1st April
Common Reporting Standard: Is Your Charity Affected? If a charity gets more than 50% of its income from investments then it may well be affected by the Common Reporting Standard, and have reporting obligations to HMRC by 31st May 2017. This event, held by Cazenove Charities in conjunction with HMRC, haysmacintyre, Withers and CFG, will discuss key questions including: What is the Common Reporting Standard? Is your charity affected? What are the due diligence obligations? How to comply with the HMRC reporting requirements? The event will take place on 27th March 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

March 26th – April 1st
Securing Rights, Equality and Social Justice beyond Brexit – what Role for Strategic Communications? In the UK, Europe and beyond, liberalism, universalism and a commitment to inalienable rights appear to be being overtaken by authoritarian, nativist and contractarian values. They are increasingly shaping public attitudes and the policies of political parties on all sides of the political spectrum in areas as diverse as migration, gender equality, disability rights, climate justice, criminal justice, children’s rights, social security, data protection and the place of civil society. Traditional models of ‘education’ and ‘myth-busting’ seem less and less likely to succeed. What can be done to strive to reverse these attitudinal trends and to help build a more fertile world for human rights, equality and social justice to flourish? Where does strategic communications fit in to our response and what can be done to ensure that the values underpinning our collective goals are more widely owned and respected? To mark its re-launch the Thomas Paine Initiative invites you to take part in this important discussion. The event will take place on 27th March 2017 in London, United Kingdom. RSVP to Sarah Pugh –

March 26th – April 1st
Ending Gender-Based Violence in Europe – Implementing Strategies for Protection and Prevention: This international symposium will seek to analyse the existing challenges in shaping a truly comprehensive strategy for tackling gender-based violence in the European Union. It will examine the role of organisations at the local, national and supranational level, in moving to eliminate all forms of domestic and gender-based violence. The symposium will also support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking and topical debate with local and regional practitioners and policymakers at the EU level. The event will take place on 29th March 2017 in London United Kingdom.

March 26th – April 1st
Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System: At this event to mark the launch of their new book, Paul Collier and Alexander Betts will discuss how the world is facing its greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, yet the institutions responding to it remain virtually unchanged from those created in the post-war era. As neighbouring countries continue to bear the brunt of the Syrian catastrophe, European governments have enacted a series of ill-considered gestures, from shutting their borders to welcoming refugees without a plan for their safe passage or integration upon arrival. With a deepening crisis and a xenophobic backlash in Europe, it is time for a new vision for refuge. The event will take place on 29th March 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

April 2nd – 8th
Trends in Censorship and Surveillance Technology: At this event, organised by Open Society Foundations London, Citizen Lab Director Ron Diebert will discuss the latest trends in censorship and surveillance technologies used against civil society, and outline possible responses, including the demand for better accountability of the commercial spyware market. In February 2017, Citizen Lab published a report documenting how activists involved in a high-profile ‘soda tax’ campaign in Mexico were digitally targeted. This case is one of many disturbing cases involving the abuse of commercial spyware that Citizen Lab has uncovered in recent years. The event will take place on 3rd April 2017 in London, United Kingdom and Online. RSVP to Iram.Awan-Chamberlain‌@opensociety‌found‌atio‌‌ns‌‌.org.

April 23rd – 29th
Financial Inclusion for Women – Opportunities to Maximise Social Impact: This event will explore the barriers and solutions to financial inclusion for women with a focus on low income countries. The panel will discuss the role that financial institutions, SMEs, private investors, philanthropists, microfinance institutions and charities can play in addressing the gender imbalance and bringing about social change. At this event the panel will seek to address questions such as: How can investors and philanthropists increase financial inclusion for women? Does gender equality matter to investors and financial institutions? Should it matter? Does microfinance work? What role could impact investing play in increasing women’s access to financial support? The event will take place on 25th April in London, United Kingdom.

May 7th – 13th
Keir Starmer – In Conversation with Jo Coburn: Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Keir Starmer has risen to prominence for his determination to hold the government to account over the terms for leaving the EU, telling the Guardian in November that ‘scrutiny, transparency and challenge are central tenets of our democracy.’ Organised by Jewish Community Centre London and René Cassin, it is hoped his conversation with Jo Coburn, presenter of the BBC’s Daily Politics, will be topical, lively and wide-ranging. The event will take place on 11th May 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

April 23rd – 29th
Global Civil War: Solidarity by Proxy: In the twenty-first century, any world war is a civil war, and any civil war affects the world. Does this mean the end of the Age of Revolutions, or a whole new understanding of what revolution entails? Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and a core faculty member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change, will speak at this event. It will be hosted by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research group at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, and chaired by Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights. The event will take place on 25th April 2017 in London, United Kingdom.



June 11th – 17th
The GPP-UHAI Africa Donors Pre-Conference: Co-organised by the Global Philanthropy Project and UHAI EASHRI, the Africa Donors Pre-Conference is a meeting of donors invested in Africa’s LGBTI and sex worker movements. The 2015 Donors Pre-Conference brought together 59 representatives of 33 funding agencies representing a diversity of public and private foundations, individual and corporate funders, and government agencies, embassies, bilateral and multilateral agencies. Pre-Conference sessions will focus on the role of public and private foundations in movement building, defence of open space, and exploration of indigenous, African-led research strategies. The event will take place between 12th and 13th June 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. ‘CFCS VI: Creating a Just Resistance: Our Struggles, Our Strides…’ will take place between 14th and 16th June 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.



May 14th – 20th
Children of Prisoners Europe International Conference and Network Meeting: This pan-European conference, hosted by Bambinisenzasbarre and co-organised by Children of Prisoners Europe, will argue that working to support the child-parent relationship when a parent is imprisoned benefits all parties involved: the child, the imprisoned parent, the caretaker parent, the prison, decision-makers, media, local communities, the public and society overall. It will seek to explore how stakeholders and decision-makers can work together to develop integrated cross-sectoral support for children with imprisoned parents, strengthening the child’s well-being and healthy development and the agency of the imprisoned parent, while reducing transgenerational offending, recidivism, crime and public spending. The event will take place on 19th May 2017 in Naples, Italy.



April 23rd – 29th
Mission Impossible: Retooling for a Changing Environment: At this event, one panel will attempt to interpret early indicators from the US administration and congress, share what they portend for the future of work on HIV, and explore strategies for addressing barriers to efforts. Another panel will help funders get to know the ‘new regime,’ learn their language, and respond to their interests. This convening is the second programme of the new FCAA Advocacy Network. The event will take place on 26th April 2017 in New York, United States of America.



April 2nd – 8th
Europe’s Five Futures: Foresight or Whitewash? On the eve of the UK triggering Brexit negotiations, the EU released a White Paper on the Future of Europe, outlining five potential future scenarios for the union post-Brexit. This webinar will seek to answer questions such as: Do these scenarios represent a realistic prediction of possible future paths the EU may take? What’s missing, and why? And what role do such exercises play in negotiating and navigating the path itself? Participants will be joined by Cédric Dupont, Professor of International Relations & Political Science, Director of Executive Education and Programme Director of the Executive Masters in International Negotiation and Policy-Making. The event will take place on 4th April 2017 online.



March 26th – April 1st
Conférence ‘l’intérêt général en dêbat’: L’Intérêt général se situe au cœur de l’action des fonds et fondations, en tant que finalité ultime de leur mission. Cette notion à résonance philosophique dont la traduction est fiscale est souvent remise en question dans un environnement politique, économique et social très mouvant. Un double mouvement d’élargissement des besoins et de pression financière accrue, réinterroge sur la définition de l’Intérêt général. A l’heure où le secteur de l’intérêt général semble avoir plus de défis que jamais à relever, comment la notion doit-elle évoluer pour répondre aux besoins d’aujourd’hui ? Le 27 mars à Paris, France.



February 5th 2017 – 6th January 2018
Humanity House – Renewed Permanent Exhibition: At Humanity House’s new exhibition, visitors will get to know eight individuals from eight different places around the world, each with a story unlike any other. What unites them is that they are all refugees who have ended up in the Netherlands. They will hear from Bruce Cerew (33) from Nigeria, who lived through the war in Liberia as a child soldier, and Lidija Zelovic (45) from the former Yugoslavia, who can still picture the face of the boy she loved until her father sent her away to escape the war. Akhrat Selevani (17) from Iraq describes what it was like to spend eight years living and waiting in various Dutch asylum seeker centres, and Ram Karki (40) explains his love-hate relationship with the traditional clothing of his home country of Bhutan. The exhibition will run between 10th February 2017 and 1st January 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

June 18th – 24th
Eurodad-Conference: Alternative Policies for a Sustainable World: In a world of extreme inequality, widespread poverty, and environmental fragility, the need for alternatives has never been greater. The global economic crisis proved the fragility of the economic system and the model underpinning it. Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals are unlikely to be achieved without significant changes to this global economic model and ideas and institutions that sustain it. Elections around the world are proving that there is widespread discontent across the political spectrum, and a willingness to consider radical alternatives. This event will bring together civil society thinkers working on issues including debt, tax justice, aid, private finance, International Financial Institutions and global monetary reform to discuss alternative policies for a sustainable world, better ways of financing global development and strengthening global economic regulation and governance. The event will take place between 20th and 22nd June 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



April 2nd – 8th
Debating Europe: Do We Live in the Age of Populism? As the election of Donald Trump in the USA proves, populists and populist parties are on the rise, not only in European countries but also globally. These developments raise questions: When is a politician a populist? How does their action affect democratic societies? How to deal with populists ‘in a democratic way’? What distinguishes right-wing from left-wing populism? Researchers and politicians will discuss these questions in the context of the series Debating Europe. The event will take place on 2nd April 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Please note this will be conducted in German.



March 26th – April 1st
Between Terror and Repression: The Role of Human Rights in the Struggle against Extremist Violence: At this event, participants will discuss how support for international human rights policies and programmes can play a role in countering violent extremism. Extremist ideologies used to justify violence and terror explicitly reject the values that lie at the heart of the international human rights system. Around the world, violent extremist groups attempt to curtail free expression, religious liberty, gender equality, and other fundamental rights. At the same time, some governments have cited the global struggle against extremist violence to justify actions against political opposition, increasing abuse by security forces, and curtailing civil liberties of their citizens, which ultimately undermines democratic values and principles. The event will take place on 30th March 2017 in Washington DC, United States of America.

April 2nd – 8th
Nations in Transit 2017: The False Promise of Populism: Freedom House invites you to join a discussion of the latest edition of Nations in Transit, their annual analysis of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Eurasia. The report details the rising threat of populism to democratic progress and stability in Europe and Eurasia. Click here to access the report. The event will take place on 4th April 2017 in Washington DC, United States of America.

 April 30th – May 6th
Peace and Security Funders Group – Annual Meeting and Federal Policy Briefing: The Peace and Security Funders Group invites you to attend its Annual Meeting on ‘Global Politics, Peace and Security: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities’ and its Federal Policy Briefing. Participants will be invited to attend sessions such as: ‘effective grantmaking in difficult political environments’ and a debate on ‘effecting change: working inside and outside the system.’ The event will take place between 2nd and 5th May 2017 in Washington DC, The United States of America.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, McArthur 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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