Ariadne’s Thread – March 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – March 2018
March 13, 2018 Lori Stanciu

March 2018

Ariadne’s Thread is a monthly update of events, briefings and research for social change and human rights funders. 


Ariadne News & Events

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day – 24th September 2018: 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 on the concept of intersectionality and what it means for donors. Participants will then have the opportunity to 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. More details will follow on the portal soon.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR SERIES ON STRONGER TOGETHER – NEW FRONTIERS IN FUNDERS SUPPORTING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: Hosted by Human Rights Funders Network’s Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Working Group, coordinated by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Global Fund for Women (GFW), and co-sponsored by Ariadne. This webinar series will take place on 4th April, 2nd May, and 6th June, between 12:30-1:30pm EST, to explore funders’ roles in supporting social movements. Participants will engage in an ongoing discussion on how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees’ autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change. RSVP here for all or any portion of the webinar series.

REGISTER NOW:  FOR AN INCLUSIVE EUROPE: GERMAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN GERMANY AND IN EUROPE: Ariadne and Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen are happy to invite you to the meeting ‘For an Inclusive Europe: German funders countering racial and religious discrimination in Germany and in Europe.This meeting, devoted to German donors, will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th  April, 12:30-17:30 CEST at the Haus Deutscher Stiftungen, 10117 Berlin, Mauerstr. 93. This is part of Ariadne’s European project ‘Countering Racial and Religious Discrimination’ as a follow-up of the report “In search of an inclusive Europe” (Executive Summary in German). Felix Oldenburg, Secretary General of the Bundesverband Deutscher StiftungenJulie Broome, Director of Ariadne, Timo Reinfrank, Executive Director of Amedeo Antonio Stiftung, and other speakers who will be confirmed soon, will join us for this exchange. It is open to representatives of grant-making foundations who support projects for social change and human rights. Please register here. This meeting will be held in German.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour’s tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday 19th April 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 RSVP here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN EUROPE – EXPLORATION OF PHILANTHROPIC GIVING: Ariadne recently released a new report entitledEnding Violence Against Women in Europe: An Exploration of Philanthropic Giving.’ Based on surveys and interviews with both funders and NGOs, this report maps out the existing state of giving for ending violence against women in Europe and suggests areas where further support or additional research may be necessary. In this webinar, Ariadne members and authors of the report, Karin Heisecke and Karen Weisblatt, will review the report’s findings, and Shikha Sethia from Mama Cash (and other speakers to be confirmed) will respond to the report. Please join us for a chance to discuss the findings of the report and consider what the funding community could do to help end violence against women in Europe. This event will take place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 between 13:00-14:00 BST/14:00-15:00 CEST. To register, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: EUROPEAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL & RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: Ariadne and the Diversity Migration and Integration interest group of the European Foundation Centre are organising the meetingFor an Inclusive Europe: European funders countering racial and religious discrimination’. This meeting will take place in Brussels during the afternoon of Monday 25th June and morning of Tuesday 26th  June at Philanthropy House. The event is part of Ariadne’s European project ‘Countering Racial and Religious Discrimination’ as a follow-up of the report ‘Seeking an Inclusive Europe: Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia.’ More details about speakers and how to register will follow soon on the Ariadne portal.




*To register for Ariadne events, your institution must be a member organisation of Ariadne. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact Lori Klos.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Using business and human rights data to bring about change: For over 15 years, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has been tracking the positive and negative social and environmental impacts of companies in over 180 countries, making this information publicly available for advocates to use in advancing human rights in business and eradicating abuse. In doing so, it aims to encourage the highest level of responsible, transparent business practice. In this article, Alex Guy, Digital Officer with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, introduces a powerful new API enabling users to leverage 100,000 data points on business and human rights. See also by the BHRRC, ‘Fourth industrial revolution”: can business and human rights help make tech work for the common good?’.

Reframing sexual harassment as gender-based violence – the value of a rights framework: In her recent article for OpenGlobalRights, Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak argues that, when sexual harassment is reframed as gender-based violence and a human rights violation, rather than just “bad behavior”, it changes the possibilities around responsibility and recourse. Sarah is Co-founder and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at The John Marshall Law School.

Confronting the Tigers: How young Parisians use the law to expose police abuse: Lanna Hollo, Legal Officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative discusses how young Parisians use the law to expose police abuse. The police unit is officially known as a neighborhood support group, La Brigade de Soutien des Quartiers. But on the streets of central Paris, its members used to call themselves the Tigers, and wear a uniform patch showing a pouncing tiger, jaws open, claws extended. Four police officers from the unit have been charged with aggravated assault against a minor over recent incidents, in an unprecedented case that has exposed the profound problems with France’s approach to policing minority communities. Ariadne’s 2018 Policy Briefing included a site visit looking at ethnic profiling where Lanna offered an overview on some of the work local NGOs are currently doing in combating this issue. We will post a blog looking at this visit soon on the Ariadne portal.

Poverty in Wales 2018: Almost a quarter of people in Wales are trapped in poverty, according to a new report, ‘Poverty in Wales 2018’, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Rising living costs, especially housing costs, combined with cuts to working age benefits and poor quality jobs are leading to an increased risk of living in poverty for families both in and out of work.

2018 State of Civil Society Report: Even as attacks on civil society have become more brazen, the story of the past year was one of resolute resistance against the rising tide of restrictions on fundamental freedoms and democratic values, according to CIVICUS’ 2018 State of Civil Society Report. The report also makes key recommendations for active citizens, democratic governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, media and academia.

An end to “manels”: Closing the gender gap at Europe’s top policy events: The number of women who speak at key policy-shaping conferences across Europe is far below that of their male peers. Looking at five years of high-level conferences in Europe, this report by the Open Society Initiative for Europe, finds that a woman has only one opportunity to speak for every three times a man speaks.

Why we need a global understanding of migration: In this article for the World Economic Forum, Miroslav Lajcák discusses why we need a global understanding of migration and why whilst working to address migration, we cannot forget about human rights. Miroslav is President of the 72nd  Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Project on sexuality, gender and asylum looking for participants: The SOGICA Project is a four-year project funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council. Based in the School of Law at the University of Sussex, it will produce the necessary evidence base for a more just and humane asylum process for individuals seeking refuge in Europe on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The team are particularly keen to get in touch with LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees who would like to take part in a focus group. They also wish to interview decision-makers and observe tribunal appeals in Germany, Italy and the UK.

Improving Italian prisons – Antigone’s annual report: In 1998, the Italian NGO Antigone received from the Ministry of Justice a special authorisation to visit prisons with the same power that the law gives to parliamentarians and has since established an Observatory on Italian prisons involving around 50 people. Furthermore, lawyers and physicians operate in some Italian prisons giving suggestions and monitoring. A report on the Italian penintenciary system has since been published annually. The 2018 report is now available.

UNICEF publishes new data showing a significant drop in the global number of child marriages: According to the latest global child marriage statistics from UNICEF, 25 million child marriages were averted in the last decade. The report also estimates that globally 12 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, a drop from UNICEF’s previous estimate of 15 million.

New EVPA report “Financing for social impact- The key role of tailored financing and hybrid finance”: This EVPA report  is the result of a nine-month journey taken by the EVPA Knowledge Centre, which convened a group of more than 30 experts to look at how funding can be shaped in a way that meets the financial needs of social purpose organisations. The report also presents examples from the emerging field of hybrid finance, which helps bring more resources to developing societal solutions, while increasing the effectiveness of financing SPOs.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

WATCH: Wonder Girls – Changing Our World: Paola Gianturco, an acclaimed author and photographer, documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. She interviewed and photographed 90 girls. If you think “girls are the future,” prepare to be dazzled. Groups of activist girls aged 10-18 are transforming our world: improving education, health, equality and the environment and stopping child marriage, domestic violence, trafficking and war. Their imagination and courage radiate through their stories, all told in their own words. See also a blog series by the Alliance Magazine on what it means to be a woman working and experiencing philanthropy in the current political and social climate.

WATCH: New animated video on the Freedom Fund’s hotspot model: Watch this video to learn how the Freedom Fund’s hotspot model is empowering local frontline organisations to end modern slavery. Some of the Fund’s frontline partners work directly to free victims, while others address root causes by improving education, healthcare and jobs. Their work is essential, but in isolation, their influence is limited. The hotspot model brings these organisations together in a network which multiplies their collective impact. See also, ‘Collaborating to Tackle Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery’, by the Shiva Foundation.

WATCH: Brides for sale – Bulgaria’s Roma marriage market: This Deutsche Welle short documentary looks at Bulgaria’s Roma marriage market. The Kalaidzhi bride market takes place in the southeast of Bulgaria every year. Unmarried women are often paired off with financially strong men. Finding a spouse from outside of the Roma community, and in particular a non-Roma Bulgarian, is out of the question. Love is only a secondary consideration. What matters is the dowry. A growing number of young Roma, however, are rebelling against the traditional marriage market. They want to make their own decisions, and to love and marry the person of their choice. For girls especially, some as young as 15 when they are put up for marriage, the wedding is the end of self-determined life. They will subsequently be housewives and mothers. The film accompanies 17-year-old Teni and 19-year-old Maria in the week before the market day.

BLOG: Using story to change systems: We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change, argues Ella Saltmarshe in a blog for Stanford’s Social Innovation Review.

BLOG: How fabricated complaints on YouTube and Facebook are silencing independent media: In repressive environments, opposition voices are increasingly reliant on the online world and social media to exist. However, a recent case involving Meydan TV suggests that authoritarian regimes are embarking on a disguised battle against online dissent. This blog by the European Endowment for Democracy looks at internet censorship and how activists and independent media working in repressive environments can challenge it. See also, ‘Supporting independent media in Kyrgyzstan’, by Prague Civil Society.

BLOG: EU reaches agreement on wage equality and equal rights for foreign workers: According to a blog by Bernd Riegert of the Deutsche Welle, the EU is moving towards wage equality for foreign workers. Workers sent from their home country to another in the EU should, in the future, receive higher wages and have the same rights as local workers.

BLOG: Cryptocurrency philanthropy rises sharply at fidelity charitable and elsewhere: In this blog for Non Profit Quarterly, Jim Schaffer discusses the opportunities and challenges, such as volatility, for the nonprofit sector to leverage digital currencies and their underlying blockchain technology for social impact. There is a potential for radical transparency, smart contracts, and making it easier for nonprofits to transfer aid money to beneficiaries around the world. But these developments could impact how nonprofits are registered and monitored.

WATCH: What makes an effective foundation? In this fourth Alliance Audio, editor Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Dan Corry, Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital, and Paul Streets, the Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation about the role of advocacy, and the current state of transparency and trust in philanthropic institutions.

BLOG: Latin America poised to agree world’s first legal pact for nature defenders: According to The Guardian, a conference of Latin American countries in Costa Rica has produced the world’s first legally binding protections for environmental defenders. The protections come as land activists and indigenous people are being killed in record numbers.

NOTES: Working towards a common child protection strategy: Notes from a retreat held over the summer by UNHCR and Lumos Foundation on developing a common child protection strategy are now available. The event brought together eleven foundations working in migration to better understand one another’s approaches and work towards the development of a joint future strategy.

BLOG: From Poland with love: In this blog for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Dr. Milosz Hodun gives an update on current news and events in Poland.


2018 Ariadne Forecast For European Social Change and Human Rights Funders: Ariadne is delighted to release its 2018 Ariadne Forecast, a community created resource that aims to help funders see the big picture, discover important trends and plan ahead. Ariadne participants and other friends of the network were asked six questions about trends in their field for 2018. We collected surveys and interviews from members across Europe and in January and early February held forecast meetings for funders in London, Paris, The Hague and Naples to discuss and add to the findings. In the end we estimate that around 157 people 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.

New pooled fund – The Transition Advice Fund: European citizens currently living in the UK will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to secure their right to stay in the country once Britain has left the EU. The Transition Advice Fund (TAF) aims to ensure that people who are eligible can secure their right to settled status, particularly those who need help to navigate the process or who risk failing to secure the status. The TAF is a pooled fund established by Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Legal Education Foundation.

New ‘How To’ guide from DivestInvest Europe:How to DivestInvest’ is a new guide created by and for institutional investors on how to divest from fossil fuel extraction companies and invest in solutions to climate change. The practical information in the guide supports decision makers as they integrate a DivestInvest strategy with the overall mission and asset allocation strategies of a fund. The guide features case studies from a range of institutional investors, including the Church of Sweden, Trinity College Dublin, RS Group and Rockefeller Brothers Fund and includes contributions from experts and partners worldwide. It is published by the Climate Change Collaboration, an initiative of four of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. It will be updated on an ongoing basis to continue to provide a useful reference point for the investment community.

Our voices, our environment: The state of funding for women’s environmental action: Women around the globe are at the forefront of addressing the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, designing, implementing, and scaling up their own solutions, according to a new report entitled ‘Our Voices, Our Environment: The State of Funding for Women’s Environmental Action.’ The report represents the first-ever benchmarking of philanthropic funding in support of women and the environment. It is produced by Global Greengrants Fund and Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds, in partnership with the Wallace Global Fund and the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA).

How do we share data without harm? How do human rights funders share data about their grants and grantees with others and without causing harm? This is the subject of a research project that 360Giving, The Engine Room and Ariadne are exploring, supported by Digital Impact. Before getting started, we’ve looked at what we already know about funders’ data-sharing practices in two blog posts.

The role of philanthropy in conflict prevention – 15 Takeaways: In early November, Foundation Center hosted an event with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe that drew more than forty-five people from ten countries to discuss the role of philanthropy in conflict prevention and resolution. Here are 15 takeaways from the meeting.

New website – The Life Story: Moments of Change: The NoVo Foundation has released a new website ‘The Life Story: Moments of Change’, featuring videos and stories, elevating the voices and hopes of survivors of violence, sexual assault, abuse, sexism and racism..

New infographic report by The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash:  The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash have released an infographic report highlighting Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people’s visions of liberation and the persistent need for resourcing.

Funder spotlight – International Women’s Health Coalition: When The International Women’s Health Coalition came across The Whitman Institute’s trust-based model two years ago, Programme Officer Erin Williams realised that the framework would help IWHC align its grantmaking practices with its feminist values. Since adopting a deliberately trust-based approach, IWHC now solicits ongoing feedback from grantees and is finding enhanced internal clarity about what it means to be in solidarity with the women’s movement. The Whitman Institute sat down with Erin Williams to get the full scoop.

ECF launches “Communities of Practice Towards Social Change”: Through conversations, essays and contributions with and by team members, the European Cultural Foundation put together a book to tell the journey through the Idea Camp, a collaborative working platform to share co-creation.

Reconstruction Women’s Fund – 2017 Annual Report: Through carefully designed programmes, The Reconstruction Women’s Fund supported women`s groups from Serbia in 2017 by offering them access to education, raising visibility of women`s initiatives and spreading the voices of women. Their 2017 Annual Report is now available.

Enlarging the space for European philanthropy: Here is an interview WINGS conducted with Hanna Surmatz from European Foundation Centre and Max von Abendroth from DAFNE about the new report both organisations commission titled: ‘Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy’. Learn about the findings of the report, the main challenges that they see for European philanthropy and what learnings they think that the report contains for other regions of the world. See also, ‘Supporting civil society in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans,’ by the German Marshall Fund.

Request from GrantCraft – Sharing resources on participatory grantmaking: GrantCraft is in the process of developing a guide on participatory grantmaking for release later this summer. This will include a video series and a living encyclopedia as a way to catalyse learning and connection, while reducing burden on each funder to repeatedly outline its model. GrantCraft is currently seeking input from funders wishing to share how participatory grantmaking looks like at their organisation. Everyone interested is invited to do so before 30th March by emailing


Jobs and Tenders

Programme Officer & Programme Associate, Issues Affecting Women – Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation is seeking a Programme Officer and Programme Associate for its Issues Affecting Women Programme. The Programme seeks to contribute to a world in which women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to experience safety from violence and to enjoy their full and equal human rights. Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline for applications is 30th March 2018.

Regional Director for Eurasia – Open Society Foundations: OSF is recruiting a Regional Director, who will be responsible for the strategic direction and effective implementation of work in Eurasia through the programme’s own initiatives and through catalysing, strengthening and developing collaboration between OSF’s other regional and thematic programmes and foundations. The Director will lead a staff of seventeen located across three OSF offices: New York, London and Budapest, working across a diverse array of topics such as governance and accountability, media and information, rights and justice and anti-corruption. Location: London, United Kingdom or New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 30th March 2018.

Research & Projects Officer (Maternity Cover) – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Paul Hamlyn Foundation is recruiting a Research and Projects Officer (maternity cover) to contribute to the Foundation’s evidence and learning functions from spring 2018. The main purpose of this role is to assist the Foundation and the organisations it supports to work effectively and secure impact in its priority areas. The successful candidate will work on projects to test and pilot initiatives, to develop and implement learning and to share knowledge with the sectors in which the Foundation works. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 22nd March 2018.

Director of Policy – Trust for London: Trust for London is recruiting a Director of Policy, who will oversee the Trust’s portfolio of policy and research grants/commissions and manage a small team. The successful candidate will have an interest in issues of low pay and economic inequality. They will also be proactive in identifying areas of work which the Trust could support, overseeing the dissemination of the policy and research work, and actively engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders. The Director of Policy will also work jointly with the Director of Grants to manage the grants team and the Trust’s development and delivery of its funding strategy. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 20th March 2018.

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

Criminal Justice Programme Manager – Barrow Cadbury Trust: Barrow Cadbury Trust is seeking a Programme Manager on Criminal Justice. The cornerstone piece of work of the Trust’s Criminal Justice Programme is the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), a campaign to transform the way the criminal justice system deals with the post-juvenile young adult age group. The Trust both drives and serves this campaign which is now nearly ten years old and is currently achieving considerable change. The other areas of the programme include: advocating for more suitable arrangements for women and girls both in the system and by means of earlier intervention, implementing the recommendations of the Lammy Review on racial disproportionality, and ‘shining a light in dark corners’ such as deaths in custody, solitary confinement and sexuality in prisons. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 26th March 2018 (noon).








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


Public Meetings


April 8th – 14th
Advice (U)HNW Women and Next Gen want, but don’t get, from Wealth Advisors, and why wealth advisors should care: According to research (#NEXTGENDONORS Johnson Center for Philanthropy) and to anecdotal evidence women and millennials are driven by values, not valuables, impact and measuring return on investment are their primary focus, and venture philanthropy is one of the preferred models. The panel and discussion with attendees will focus on: Trends amongst next generation wealth holders and women of wealth and what they look for from their advisors; outline of key changes and research in this area including performance and measurement, strategies, and motivation; Next Gen philanthropists will discuss their donor journey and family dynamics as well as how they live their values. The event will take place on 11th April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



Until 19th April
ROMANI – My Identity, My Freedom. Expressing Culture Through Fashion: ERSTE Foundation, The European Foundation Centre, and the European Venture Philanthropy Association invite you to visit the ROMANI Exhibition. ROMANI, created by sisters Erika Varga and Helena Varga, is the first Roma studio with the aim of raising awareness about the culture and heritage of both Hungarian and Roma culture within the fashion community. ROMANI is instrumental in giving a voice to Roma culture by reinterpreting traditional Roma patterns with a modern urban touch. The brand also directly serves Roma society by employing disadvantaged Roma women, organising workshops and hosting events to discuss Roma identity, heritage and culture. The exhibition will take place between 6th March and 19th April 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

April 8th – 14th
Lost in Migration – From European Priorities to Local Realities: The second Lost in Migration conference will discuss the challenges and progress in implementing the Commission’s Communication on the Protection of Children in Migration. It will bring together authorities from the local, national and European levels as well as experts, researchers and civil society organisations around the main issues addressed in the Communication. These main issues are as follows: root causes and protecting children along migratory routes; identification and protection; reception; access to status determination procedures and implementation of procedural safeguards; ensuring durable solutions; respect and guarantees for the best interest of the child in data, research, training and funding. The event will take place between 11th and 12th April 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

May 27th – June 2nd
EFC Annual General Assembly 2018 – Culture Matters – Connecting Citizens and Uniting Communities: Taking place during the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the 29th EFC AGA and Conference will be a cornerstone of Philanthropy Week – a series of exhibitions, topical sessions and thought-provoking site visits. Brussels, a city synonymous with diversity, will be both host and gateway into an exciting world of culture – artistic, linguistic, architectural and much more besides – to celebrate its intrinsic value and the zest that it brings to life. The event will take place between 29th and 31st May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.



March 18th – 24th
Women, Philanthropy & Social Change: Research shows that women are driven by values, not valuables. Impact and measuring return on investment are their primary focus, and venture philanthropy is one of their preferred models. Research has also found that women and men give differently: women are more likely to give, and to give more, than men in similar situations. As a result, women of wealth are expecting more than wealth advice from their professional wealth advisers – they want to discuss approaches to philanthropy and social investment as part of their wealth planning. This panel will focus on: why women give; how women take a strategic and engaged approached to philanthropy; trends amongst women of wealth and what they look for from their advisors; how organisations can support women philanthropy; and how a better understanding of gender’s role in charitable behaviours can help organisations engage men and women more effectively – according to how they wish to be engaged. The event will take place on 21st March 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.



March 18th – 24th
LGBTI Rights in Europe and Central Asia: What are the current challenges for the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia, and what are activists doing to overcome them? Attendees of this ILGA-Europe’s reception will learn more and will also hear the latest updates on Chechnya, a year after the news broke of violent human rights abuses against the LGBTI community. The event will take place on 22nd March 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

March 25th – 31st
Si a la Vida, No a la Mineria – How an International Solidarity Network is Fighting off the Mega Mines: Yes to Life, No to Mining – Si a la Vida, No a La Mineria – is an international movement which emerged in 2014 in response to the escalating impact of the extractive industries on communities and indigenous territories. In just three years, this vibrant solidarity network has already made a huge contribution to the resistant efforts of communities around the world. On 26th March, to mark the one-year anniversary of the people of Cajamarca’s success in stopping ‘La Colosa’ (AngloGold Ashanti’s vast planned gold mine in Colombia, Mariana Gomez), Latin American Regional Coordinator for YLNM, Ricardo de la Pava and Felipe Macia will share an inspiring story of democratic resistance. They will be joined by European Coordinator and advocacy coordinator at The Gaia Foundation, Hannibal Rhoades, who will provide insights into the strategy of the movement and why solidarity across mining affected communities has proven to be a critical tool for resistance efforts. The event will take place on 26th March 2018 in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

April 1st – 7th
Screening of ‘The Uncondemned’ followed by panel discussion:  The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust invites you to a screening of ‘The Uncondemned,’ a documentary that tells the story of a group of young lawyers and activists in post-Genocide Rwanda who defied the odds to have rape classified as an international crime of war. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with: Michele Mitchell, Director of ‘The Uncondemned’; Her Excellency Ms Yasmina Karitanyi the High Commissioner for Rwanda; Nicola Brentnall, Director of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Shanthi Annan, Founder of Kinship of Kush. The event will take place on 9th April in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

April 22nd – 28th
From Transitional to Transformative – Justice for Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: ‘Conflict-related violence against women’ is often understood to mean sexual violence, specifically rape used as a weapon of war. But this is only one part of a broad continuum of gender violence which must be understood and addressed within and across conflict settings. The speakers at this event will be as follows: Aisling Swaine, author of ‘Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition’; and Christine Bell, Principal Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme, Assistant Principal (Global Justice), Co-Director, Global Justice Academy, and Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh. Christine Chinkin, who is Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE, will moderate. The event will take place on 23rd April in London, United Kingdom.



March 18th – 24th
Empowering Youth – Identity, Belonging & Migration: Muslim youth. Refugee youth. Migrant youth. When identity politics follow you to school, onto the playing field, and into the street, it’s time to go beyond stereotypes and challenge the public imagination. Cities of Migration invite you to join them online to learn how youth initiatives in Berlin and London are using theatre and sport to develop a counter-narrative that strengthens youth participation in local cultural and social life while promoting skills development, empowerment and living together in cultural diversity. The webinar will take place online on 21st March 2018.

March 25th – 31st
Brexit and the Environment – State of Play and Outlook: As the UK continues the process to leave the EU, the environment sector faces the most significant period of change in the 40 years since modern environmental law and politics began to develop. In this webinar, Karla Hill, ClientEarth’s Director of Programmes/Greener UK board member, and Tamsin Cooper, Green Alliance’s Strategy Director, will offer an update on the current state of play and share their thoughts on the outlook for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The event will take place on 26th March online. RSVP



May 27th – June 2nd
Grantmaker Convening on the Rise of the Religious Right: Global Philanthropy Project invites you to save the date for its grantmaker convening focused on the impact of the global rise of the religious right and resisting the instrumentalisation of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI agenda. Following a series of smaller grantmaker convenings and conversations, this event aims to: utilise previous meetings’ recommendations and guidance, to set a new point of departure for the sector; convene key philanthropic leadership and essential field thought-leaders and academics to problem-solve and strategise; create a shared sense of the opportunity for catalytic research to impact new models of grantmaking; and establish clear goals and strategy for a more collaborative and aligned approach to supporting progressive faith communities, civil society advocates, and other allies in countering attacks. The event will take place between 27th and 30th May 2018 in Southern Africa.



April 22nd – 28th
The Robotization of War: In August 2017, hundreds of robotics pioneers wrote an open letter to the UN to express their concern about future warfare, in which killer robots will play an increasingly important role. They called on the UN to take action and introduce regulations. Now that the Netherlands has a seat on the Security Council, Humanity House wants to investigate this issue. What is the state of play concerning the robotization of war? What will be our involvement in conflicts if we no longer deploy soldiers? And who do we consider more humane, humans or robots? As political decisions are not reached by politicians alone, Humanity House is convening the Alternative Security Council. Together with the audience, five speakers from the worlds of art, politics, defence and science will consider the legal, ethical and political questions raised by the robotization of war. In addition, participants will discuss how to regulate this internationally. The event will take place on 24th April 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



March 18th – 24th
Debating Europe – Does digitalisation threaten democracy? Whether on smartphones, in the car or at work, man and machine are in a very close relationship – and often the machine is controlled by artificial intelligence. Our lives can be simplified and improved, but artificial intelligence can also influence opinions, manipulate elections and direct political decisions. Cybersecurity is becoming an ever-growing topic. How does artificial intelligence affect our coexistence? What are the pitfalls and which new opportunities are opening up? Which challenges arise for politics and citizens? Erste Stiftung invite you to a discussion with Martina Mara, Key Researcher/RoboPsychology, Futurelab – Ars Electronica; Thomas Ramge, Technology Correspondent for business magazine brand eins; Mario Kunasek, Austrian federal minister for national defense and others. The discussion will take place in German, and will be moderated by Eric Frey, Der Standard. The event will take place on 18th March 2018 in Vienna, Austria.



March 18th – 24th
Forbidden Feeds – Government Controls on Social Media in China: Freedom House and PEN America invite you to an exploration of social media censorship in China, based on PEN America’s new report Forbidden Feeds. The report details how the Chinese government’s control over social media has both tightened and expanded during the era of President Xi Jinping. Authorities wield their ability to surveil and censor to control civic discussion online, to prevent dissatisfaction and dissent, and to protect the reputations of Party leaders. PEN America’s report includes an examination of how such censorship impacts the lives of Chinese writers and artists for whom social media is often a creative and financial lifeline. The event will take place on 19th March 2018 in Washington D.C., United States of America.

March 18th – 24th
Countering Modern Authoritarianism: Around the globe, democratic political systems and values are under threat from authoritarian states seeking to stifle dissent at home and project influence internationally. Yet people who aspire to live in free societies continue to assert their fundamental freedoms and to push back against both democratic erosion and aggressive despotism. The Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy will examine the challenge posed by modern authoritarianism and how governments and activists may overcome it. The event will take place on 23rd March 2018 in Washington D.C., 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, 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