Ariadne’s Thread – May 2016

Ariadne’s Thread – May 2016
mai 10, 2016 Lori Stanciu

May 2016

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

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Ariadne News & Events

Rainbow snakeLAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: RESPONDING TO CONFLICT & SECURITISATION: ROLES FOR INDEPENDENT FUNDERS: Ariadne, in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), are organising a lunchtime briefing for funders on Thursday, May 19th, from 12:00 – 14:00 BST at the Barrow Cadbury Trust, London, UK. This meeting will reflect on the many worrying trends we see in relation to human rights, migration and civil society space that have their roots in violent conflict, and in the predominant governmental and international responses to these crises. During the meeting we will consider how, as independent funders, we can best support efforts to reverse these trends. We will draw on new research by the US Peace and Security Funders Group, we will hear about the work of foundations who are actively addressing these issues, analyse the gaps and challenges, and consider possible responses. To register please RSVP to Lori Stanciu (

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: One-hour tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on three upcoming dates, one on Wednesday, May 18th 2016, at 15:00 BST, one on Thursday, June 9th, at 16:00 BST, and one on Wednesday, July 13th 2016, at 15:00 BST. These are online webinars you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android tablet) in order to watch the online demonstration. To register, please RSVP to Kenneth Hill –

SAVE THE DATE: ETHICAL INVESTMENT WEBINAR SERIES: The next joint Ariadne and Edge Funders webinar on Ethical Investment will focus on Deepening the discussion: Peer advice to foundations who wish to discuss their case or aspect session on specific aspects on June 13th. Further details, including speakers and times, will be posted on the Ariadne portal soon.

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

LISTEN TO:  Here is a recording of the 7th Ariadne refugee tele-briefing held in collaboration with Elevate Children – a global funders’ affinity group. The tele-briefing looked at what should be done to help thousands of lone children arriving in Turkey and Europe unaccompanied by an adult and what funders can do to help. Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe, Xenia Papastavrou of the Bodossaki Foundation in Greece, and Carola Carazzone of Assifero, the Italian network of family foundations took part as speakers. We kindly ask you to not share this link outside of your own organisation.





The next Thread will go out on Thursday, June 16th. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by June 13th if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements


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Undocumented childrens’ stories published: PICUM – the European platform for undocumented migrants has launched a series of testimonies and stories of undocumented children and youth. The series aims to give a voice to children and young people as well as to their parents, caregivers and supporting organisations to show the realities undocumented children and youth face across Europe. Some of these stories will be published in a booklet later this year. See also, Over half of unaccompanied kids seeking EU asylum are Afghans by Eurostat and David Cameron: UK to resettle child refugees from Europe.

Old dogs and new tricks: rethinking human rights business models: According to recently published research, 39 of the world’s low and middle income countries have introduced laws restricting the flow of funds to domestic NGOs. In this article, Edwin Rekosh from The Global Network for Public Interest Law argues that, in this climate, it is important to consider alternative models of achieving human rights aims. Options include looking for local sources of funding or developing social enterprises that rely on business revenue as well as building on open technological platforms that require little if any financial investment at all.

New report shows which financial firms best promote gender equality: A new index compiled by Bloomberg, the media company that focuses on the financial industries, shows which firms in the industry are making the most progress when it comes to hiring women and promoting gender equality. The index shows where companies stand when it comes to diversity and affecting genuine corporate change and it anlyses 53 data points on companies, including how many women they employ, how many women sit on corporate boards and the amount of maternity leave they offer. See also, New research ranks major European nations on boardroom gender diversity.

Transparency Tools: The Foundation Center has launched Transparency Tools, an interactive resource that helps foundations understand trends in online transparency and compare their own transparency practices to others.

Refugee migration – a crisis for the Nordic model? This new publication from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung presents a brief discussion of how the refugee situation may impact the Nordic model, and the challenges refugees can expect to face in the Nordic labour markets. The aim is to create a platform for a pan-Nordic debate that is informed by perspectives beyond the acute challenges and that raises more fundamental questions about how long-term, general societal considerations can be addressed.

Make Islamophobia a crime says new report: The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research has published the first edition of the annual European Islamophobia Report (EIR). The report is the first to cover a wide range of Eastern European countries such as Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Latvia. The study looks at the employment sector, education, politics, media, internet, the justice system, and networks.

Social policy in a cold climate – Policies and their consequences since the crisis: Here is a book published by Policy Press and co-founded by the Trust for London with Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Nuffield Foundation. The book offers a data-rich, evidence-based analysis of the impact government policies from 2007/08 to 2015 have had on inequality and on the delivery of services such as health, education, adult social care, housing and employment in the UK.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights annual report: Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights just released his annual activity report for 2015. Amongst other things, the report underscores the persistent and intensified growth of pressure on human rights defenders and journalists and the growing fear of terrorist threats in many European countries due to the continuing inflow of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers throughout 2015.    


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest


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WATCH: Funny and Scary Liberty Video About Surveillance: Liberty, the human rights campaigning organisation, has just made a video about surveillance. It shows an actor walking around London asking to see people’s phones, including their emails and texts. As you might expect, she is given short shrift by most people.

What do women want today and in the future? What Women Want have launched a new campaign to encourage women to share their thoughts and opinions on what they want today and in the future. What Women Want 2.0 was launched on International Women’s Day and its aim is to collate more than one million responses. The results will form the largest ever showcase of women’s needs, wants and attitudes, and will be used to make change happen.

WATCH: Migration levels in the UK from EU countries: The Migration Observatory has produced a short animation which explains in a succinct and straightforward way about migration to the UK from EU countries. The 5 minute visual aims to give as clear a picture as possible of the current situation. See also, “Inside Story” of EU migration crisis by The European Council.

Graphic novel: The story of the Roma, Europe’s most stigmatised ethnic group: The United Nations Development Programme released a visual narrative that portrays the discrimination faced by Romani people. Daria: A Roma Woman’s Journey tells the story of a Roma woman and her family in Serbia as they “struggle with poverty and discrimination”.

Are you communicating on migration in a changing environment? EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration) is issuing a call for participation from civil society organisations (CSOs) working at a pan-European level with an interest in ability to build their communication capacities and reach out to the public on migration issues. CSOs will directly benefit from the support of a shared advisor to develop their skills in strategic communications over a one-year pilot phase period and work on joint activities.

WATCH: “What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?”: This satirical video inspired by the classic Monty Python sketch asks ‘what has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?’ Sir Patrick Stewart and others respond to suggestions that Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

Activist in Residence Programme: A new Activist in Residence programme allows those promoting justice and equality for women in conflict-affected areas to spend three months at the Centre for Women, Peace & Security at the London School of Economics. The deadline for applications is June 1.

Migrants’ Rights in London website launched: The Migrants Rights in London website, dedicated to supporting the rights of migrant communities in London, is now live. It will work to spread news of all the important initiatives and campaigns that are already underway and try to weave out of that a coherent story about the progress made and what will need to be done to speed up the process.


csrp-s4wChallenging the Closing Space for Civil Society – New Report: The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, housed at Global Dialogue, has supported the publication of a new guide for all funders, regardless of their field of focus, called Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society – A Practical Starting Point for Funders. It includes a number of case studies which demonstrate the multiple manifestations of closing space affecting a broad range of actors, and is aimed at helping funders from across sections of work to understand this trend and to find ways to work together to contest it. It differs from the report published in February which was aimed at human rights and social change funders and was a report on the Berlin workshop last summer. Please feel free to distribute the report widely to fellow grant-makers and your grantees.

Business lessons for human rights: borrowing evidence-based practices: In sectors where an evidence-based approach has been implemented, researchers have found that it more fully empowers professionals in the field and provides a “bounce” in their effectiveness. In this article, Bill Mawby and Theresa Harris of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), look at examples that illustrate the wealth of knowledge and expertise available to human rights organisations and emphasise the need for funders to reach out to experts from other sectors on how to implement systems effectively for evidence-based practice across an organisation. One source for this type of assistance is the AAAS On-Call Scientists initiative, a pro bono referral service that connects human rights organisations with scientists, engineers, and health professionals.

Funding the Fight Against Modern Slavery: The Freedom Fund and Humanity United have released Funding the Fight Against Modern Slavery, which shares findings from their study on private funding directed to anti-slavery and anti-trafficking initiatives. Also by the Freedom Fund see Struggling to Survive: Slavery and Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, which provides a set of recommendations to counter slavery and human trafficking of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The Perfect Storm: The Closing Space for LGBT Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary: Here is a new report from the Global Philanthropy Project recently launched at a panel discussion held during CIVICUS’s International Civil Society Week in Bogotá, Columbia.

In the name of security: when silencing active citizens creates even greater problems: In their article for Open Democracy, Iva Dobichina of Open Society Foundations and Poonam Joshi from the Fund for Global Human Rights discuss opportunities for civil society actors to use counterterrorism and development policies and processes to fight back against closing space. See also, Civil Society Voices: new report and video from the Human Rights and Democracy Network.

Survey: What are key funders in Europe doing in the field of disability? The European Foundation Centre (EFC) Disability Thematic Network seeks to survey participants who are funding, supporting, advocating, and partnering to advance the situation of people with disabilities in Europe, including those with disabilities related to ageing. The deadline is May 30th.

Civil society under pressure – shrinking – closing – no space: Here is an article from Barbara Unmüßig,  President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation on the closing space for civil society.

Crowdfunding: A step-by-step guide for charities: Participants in last year’s Grant Skills Day might be interested in knowing about a new crowdfunding resource. Crowdfunding as a means of raising funds is growing in popularity. However, it’s not as easy as some may think as campaigns require a great deal of preparation and attention. Make It Rain is a new guide, produced in partnership with JustGiving and the Institute of Fundraising, which breaks down the steps and features interviews and case studies with organisations including Hollaback!, the Royal Academy of Arts and Doctors of the World. It’s also worth looking at the other resources that are available for download from the Social Misfits website.

Effective philanthropy: another take: The Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace has produced a collection of 11 short stories about philanthropy’s role in addressing injustices. The stories share an assortment of most effective strategies for grantmakers in different contexts to achieve lasting social change and how the challenges were overcome along the way. The tool can be used any way funders see fit, to raise issues about effective and powerful grantmaking with your constituency/members and/or those you seek to influence. You can adapt it to different formats, use it to provoke discussions, collect more stories etc.


Jobs and Tenders

ajwsDirector – Civil and Political Rights – American Jewish World Service: The American Jewish World Service is looking to recruit a Director of Civil and Political Rights. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing AJWS’s $3.7 million, 12- country civil and political rights grant making portfolio, leading ongoing program strategy development, implementation and evaluation. Location: New York. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

Director – Child Abuse Programme – Oak Foundation: The Oak Foundation is looking to recruit a Director of the Child Abuse Programme. The programme funds a range of partners working to prevent and reduce child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation within the frame of violence prevention. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting, implementing and reviewing the 3-5 year strategy, managing the annual grant portfolio, overseeing processes for monitoring, evaluation and learning, developing communication networks, and representing Oak Foundation, particularly in relation to the Programme’s strategy. Location: Geneva. Deadline for applications is 31st May 2016.

Executive Director – Burma/Myanmar, Open Society Foundations: Open Society Foundations is looking for an Executive Director for the national foundation it will open in Burma/Myanmar. OSF has operated a country program here for over two decades, with an in-country office in Yangon for five years. This programme will transition to become a national foundation by January 2017. The successful candidate will oversee the Burma/Myanmar-based foundation staff and report to the foundation board of directors. Location: Yangon. Deadline for applications is 30th May, 2016.

Director of Policy and Communications – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is looking to recruit a Director of Policy and Communications. The successful candidate will set the strategic direction for the Foundation’s policy development and advocacy activity, capitalising on its current policy positions and identifying new avenues and partnerships, so that it can make the most of its influencing of key opinion leaders and of supporting the sectors it works with. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 20th May 2016.

Interim Programme Manager – Rosa: Rosa is looking for an Interim Programme Manager. Following Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement on the Tampon Tax Fund, Rosa is now developing the new £2.2M grants and support programme for grassroots women’s organisations. The successful candidate will be recruited on a freelance or secondment basis as soon as possible, for approximately two months, to set up Phase 1 of the programme. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 16th May 2016.

Advisory Board Member – Shiva Foundation: The Shiva Foundation is looking to appoint an Advisory Board Member for a Youth Awareness Campaign on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Shiva Foundation has partnered with The Youth Project to increase awareness and strengthen the level of engagement amongst young people around the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery. The advisory board will provide guidance on creating the project proposal, managing the organisational details of the project and ensuring that they reach their project objectives. Location: United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

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


Public Meetings


May 30th – June 5th
European Family Office Investment Forum 2016 – Opal Group: This one-day event will bring together family offices, private investors, and investment managers from all over the world. This conference will generate engaging discussions on the latest investment trends and be the foundation for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities. The event will take place between June 1st and June 2nd, 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 14th – 20th
10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum: The European Pro Bono Forum provides an international perspective on pro bono practice in Europe. By bringing together a growing and influential community of lawyers, individuals from the NGO sector, law professors and students that recognise the urgency of developing pro bono, PILnet’s European Pro Bono Forum offers a setting where participants can explore how they can best collaborate to address critical social issues. The event will take place between November 16th and 18th, 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


June 6th – 12th
Responsible Investment in Europe: A multi-stakeholder conference: How can we overcome challenges to long-term, sustainable investment in Europe? How can the voice of civil society be strengthened in this process, and what role does policy have to play? These issues will be the subject of debate at ShareAction’s multi-stakeholder conference: Responsible Investment in Europe. The aims of the event are to: identify, present and spread best practice in Responsible Investment in Europe, with a particular emphasis on low carbon solutions; explore how civil society, the investment industry and policy actors can work together to progress Responsible Investment and deepen collaboration; and build public awareness around the important role that institutional investment plays in society. The European Responsible Investment Network, ShareAction’s new civil society network, will also be launched at this event. The event will take place between June 9th and June 10th, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.


May 30th – June 5th
Civil Society Days 2016: Living Together in Our Europe: This year’s Civil Society Days will focus on migration and on how Europe can be made more open and adapt to structural change. Themes to be explored include: between security and freedom: a societal balance, integration and inclusion, and responses to the causes of migration. Registration is open until May 25th. The event will take place on May 31st, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.

June 13th – 19th
Techsoup Europe, ‘Technology for Social Good’ conference: ‘Technology for Social Good’ will provide an opportunity to define the ways in which people might work together and employ the most relevant and impactful technology trends and solutions for increased social impact in Europe. The event will discuss different trends in the Social Technology movement and showcase examples of successful European initiatives which employ technology to enhance information sharing and facilitate communications between citizens, organisations and governments. The event will take place on June 13th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.


May 16th – 22nd
How to Assess the Outcomes and Impact of Projects You Fund: Charities Evaluation Services is one of eight organisations who manage and deliver ‘Inspiring Impact’ – an international collaborative programme, working to help organisations know what to measure and how to measure. This course will support attendees in how to assess and demonstrate the effectiveness of their grant-giving. Through presentations, group work and discussion the course will: explain terminology and jargon, provide good practice guidance, help to clarify outputs, outcomes and impacts of funded organisations, support the development and application of appropriate and proportionate monitoring and evaluation systems, explore reasonable and feasible ways to collect information, and help to interpret and use information once collected. The event will take place on May 19th, 2016, in London, United Kingdom.

May 16th – 22nd
Strategic Litigation on Modern Slavery in Global Value Chains: Global supply chains and modern slavery are major themes of the world in 2016, with initiatives that should build in 2017 and 2018 if momentum can be sustained. The ILO, G7, EU, and World Bank all have meetings on this topic this year. At the same time, civil society is stepping up efforts to fight against the root causes and the manifestations of modern slavery, including through strategic litigation – while the UK’s Modern Slavery Act has the potential to spur greater action by business. There is momentum for increasing the collective efforts to eliminate modern slavery, while we learn from each other’s efforts and explore best ways to leverage and merge strategies. Some of the efforts remain unknown to most people. This event seeks to shed more light on them; to be a space to share lessons and experiences; and engender collaboration for the future. The event will take place on May 17th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

June 6th – 12th
Environmental Action in Changing Times: A Meeting with Activists from China, Russia and Indonesia: Hear what it takes to be an activist in some of the world’s most challenging countries. Take a look inside the toolbox – how can activists create opportunities for change within difficult political climates. Discuss how funders and international NGOs can work with civil society – from the grass-roots up – to progress environmental and social goals. This event will welcome seven Chinese, Russian and Indonesian activists who are in the UK for a summit on forests and the global paper industry. As such, forestry will be the main focus – epitomising as it does a set of all-too-familiar problems, namely polluting factories, human rights abuses and the devastation of ecosystems. Those who are interested in attending should email by May 25th. The event will take place on June 6th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

May 30th June 24th
Call me by my name: Stories from Calais and beyond: This multimedia exhibition, which will take place during the month of the EU referendum and Refugee Week, will explore the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp. The exhibition will feature works by established and emerging artists, refugees, camp residents and volunteers. These include a new installation by award-winning artist Nikolaj Larsen, street art from Stik and Majid, drawings of Calais by illustrator Nick Ellwood, art and photography by camp residents, and an installation of lifejackets embedded with the stories of their wearers. It will serve as a forum for a range of discussions, film screenings and performances, including a poetry evening hosted by Michael Rosen. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to leave their responses, which will become part of an art piece by artist-in-residence, Cedoux Kadima. The exhibition will take place between June 2nd and 22nd, 2016 in London, United Kingdom

June 6th – 12th
Launch of the 2016 Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace: The Institute for Economics and Peace, the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, will soon release the 10th anniversary edition of its Global Peace Index. Over the past 10 years, has the world become more or less peaceful? The 2016 report will examine trends in the past decade, provide the rankings of 163 nations of the world according to levels of peacefulness, and measure the impact of conflict on the global economy. Those who are interested in attending should email by June 1st. The event will take place on June 8th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.


May 23rd – 29th
Webinar Premiere of the “Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for LGBTI Communities”: This first-of-its-kind report is a collaborative effort between Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Global Philanthropy Project. The report is a comprehensive research survey on the state of government, multilateral, and foundation funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. At this launch, representatives from both Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project will review the major findings from the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report and answer any questions participants might have. The event will take place online on May 24th, 2016.


May 16th – 22th
Womanity Award at OuiShare Fest 2016: Have you considered the impact of violence against women on business? In the UK alone it is estimated that the economy loses £15 billion annually due to gender-based violence. When violence against women stops, women can prosper. Societies flourish. Join Womanity at OuiShare Fest to discover four successful tech interventions that innovative partners are replicating and scaling up in different parts of the world. The Womanity Foundation will award one of these partnerships to change attitudes and behaviours around gender based violence. The event will take place on May 19th, 2016 in Paris, France.


June 13th – 19th
European Innocence Network Conference: The mission of Innocence programmes is to identify innocent prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted, obtain their release from prison, and educate the public and judicial system about this issue. The aim of this conference is to bring together lawyers, scholars and activists interested in the movement to discuss wrongful convictions and ways in which those in Europe can collaborate and work together. Participants will also discuss the formation, structure and future activities of the European Innocence Network, hear from participants of the Innocence Movement on how the movement is shaping up in their home countries, and attend panel discussions on the causes of wrongful conviction and how to start an Innocence programme. The event will take place between June 16th and 17th, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.


May 16th – 22nd
Stockholm Philanthropy Forum: The role of philanthropy in addressing today’s global challenges is the theme of the 2016 Stockholm Philanthropy Forum. The symposium will cover subjects such as philanthropy’s response to the refugee crisis, challenges associated with migration linked to climate change, and innovation in philanthropy and social change. Participants will be invited to attend parallel workshops to the plenary sessions, as well as skill building sessions where attendees will be offered a chance to engage in and discuss topics in-depth. The event will take place between May 18th and May 19th, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.


May 23rd – 29th
Brainstorm: What (not) to learn from non-European countries in hosting refugees? The reception of refugees worldwide is mostly done by countries with weak economies, often struggling with their own security issues. Although this leads to many problems, these countries have also gained a lot of expertise. What can Dutch policy makers learn from non-European countries in offering shelter and ensuring integration of refugees? And what ‘bad examples’ should we definitely not follow? Three experts will each deliver a pitch, covering positive and negative issues in dealing with refugees and migrants in their country of expertise. How do they deal with the problems that we are facing in Europe, such as access to employment, integration and public support? What can we learn from them and what should we see as the absolute ethical lower threshold that we do not want to surpass? The event will take place on May 26th, 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands.


May 30th – June 5th
Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport Annual Conference: ‘Newly arrived migrants and their integration via sport’: The aim of this conference is to address how sport can be used as a tool to enhance the integration of migrants. At a time where the need for effective and holistic integration policies is particularly acute, this conference will share best practice across Europe at international, state and local levels, and look at how sports clubs and coaches are working to cultivate tolerance and social inclusion. Bringing together policymakers, administrative authorities, sport organisations, migration and integration specialists, and non-governmental organisations, this conference aims to determine and assess the role of sport in social integration strategies. The event will take place between June 2nd and June 3rd, 2016 in Vienna, Austria.




Ariadne is supported by Adessium Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants

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