Ariadne’s Thread – May 2017

Ariadne’s Thread – May 2017
Mai 16, 2017 Lori Stanciu

May 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

ARIADNE SETTLING IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: In a new development for our European network, Ariadne now has a representative in Brussels. As of May, Emilie Dromzée will be based with the Network of European Foundations at Philanthropy House among other leading European networks and funders. This step demonstrates Ariadne’s continuous commitment to support our European members. Ariadne is looking to anchor its European identity and develop its fruitful collaboration with key social change funders and networks in Belgium. Against a background of a deteriorating environment for social change and human rights funders, a presence in the European capital will enable us to work more closely with our partners and facilitate joint initiatives on critical issues as set out in the new Ariadne strategic plan 2017-2020. Ariadne will be represented by Emilie Dromzée in Brussels, previously based in London as Ariadne’s Programme Director. In the heart of Europe, she will focus on Brussels-based funders and Ariadne francophone, and growing participation across Europe. Should you wish to meet her during your next visit to Brussels, please feel free to contact her at Hosted by Global Dialogue in London, Ariadne also has a dedicated presence in The Netherlands.

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 forms 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 Wednesday 24th May, between 14:00-16:00 BST at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. To register please click here. 

REGISTER NOW: DIGITAL SECURITY FOR GRANTMAKERS: In the digital age, grantmakers should be able to assess and help address the digital security threats faced by grantees and grant applicants. Yet, this is new terrain for most grantmakers and many face a myriad of challenges including not knowing where to start, the severity of potential threats, and how to address them. Though it can be difficult to get started, funders have an important role to play in starting conversations with grantees on digital security threats and ways to mitigate them. Two authors of the recently published Digital Security and Grantcraft GuideJohn Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and Eric Sears, Senior Programme Officer at the MacArthur Foundation will join us for this telebriefing to share some of the recommendations from the report and answer questions from funders. The tele-briefing will take place on Tuesday 6th June 2017, between 15:30-16:30 BST. Please register here

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour’s tuition to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Thursday 15th June, 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.

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

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








The next Thread will go out on Thursday 15th June. 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

KidsRights Index 2017 – UK among the bottom 10 in children’s rights: International children’s rights foundation KidsRights and Erasmus University Rotterdam have published the KidsRights Index 2017. The Index is an annually updated global ranking that charts the extent to which countries worldwide adhere to and are equipped to improve the rights of children. This year’s list underlines that, worldwide, countries are falling short on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Overall, the Index shows that industrialised nations are falling drastically short of allocating sufficient budgets towards creating a stable environment for children’s rights.

ENAR Shadow Report on racism and migration in Europe 2015-2016: Anti-migrant political discourse and exclusionary migration policies are having a disproportionate impact on BME migrants, according to a new report by the European Network Against Racism, covering 26 EU countries. Migrants are increasingly targets of racist violence and speech and face discriminatory policies and attitudes which hinder their access to the labour market.

To strengthen digital security for human rights defenders, behaviour matters: In this article for Open Democracy, Michael Caster, a human rights advocate and researcher argues that, when approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behaviour. More attention to behaviour is critical in providing digital security for HRDs in hostile environments. This means addressing how HRDs relate to and act with the digital security tools they choose to use, how HRDs understand local realities, and how HRDs are supported (or not) based on their specific contexts and threats. This can be called localising a behavioural approach to digital security.

New report assesses 74 of world’s largest companies on human rights reporting: This new report by Shift finds that over half of the companies included in the research provide no clarification about which human rights are most relevant to their supply chains. Instead, these companies just refer to certain human rights related issues without any apparent rationale. Moreover, 45% of companies provide no information about how they track their performance on human rights, leaving readers in the dark about whether any of their efforts translate into positive outcomes for people.

Locked in limbo: the prolonged detention of stateless people in Europe must end now: Statelessness affects more than 10 million people around the world and at least 600,000 in Europe. Statelessness occurs in Europe both among recent migrants and people who have lived in the same place for generations. While these numbers give an indication of the scale of statelessness in the region, more precise data is sparse and often incomplete. In this article for Open Democracy, Chris Nash, Director and Co-Founder of the European Network on Statelessness discusses the #LockedInLimbo campaign and ENS’s agenda for change which could help end this problem.

Study for policy makers on opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe: After decades of steady progress on women’s rights, the early-2000s saw the opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights, or the anti-choice movement, become increasingly visible at the international, European and national levels. This report, written by Elena Zacharenko of Kumquat Consult and commissioned by Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament, relies on the growing body of academic literature analysing the emergence and motivations of the anti-choice, and more widely, anti-gender movement. However, the purpose of this study is primarily to influence political strategy and policy-making, and is therefore pragmatic rather than academic in nature.

Media and transitional justice: A dream of symbiosis in a troubled relationship: One of the least studied, yet highly significant relationships that unfolds in transitional contexts, is the nexus between transitional justice measures and the media. This paper by The International Center for Transitional Justice provides an overview of the main issues that often burden this relationship with mutual mistrust and at times even open conflict. The paper also provides examples of the positive social impacts of media engaging with transitional justice processes, where a degree of complementarity exists. Moreover, it makes a case for the media to constructively engage with such processes in the public interest, of which the media is a natural guardian. See also by ICTJ, Assessing the prospects for transitional justice in Georgia.

Venture philanthropy and social investment  in Central Eastern Europe – Case Studies: The European Venture Philanthropy Associations has launched six case studies from Central Eastern Europe showing how venture philanthropy and social investment can make a difference in the region.

Blended finance: what it is, how it works and how it is used: In recent years, ‘blending’ has become a common development finance term. The practice combines official development assistance with other private or public resources, in order to ‘leverage’ additional funds from other actors. This report by Oxfam and EURODAD aims to clarify what blending is, how it works and how it is used, to foster greater understanding of this increasingly prominent development finance mechanism.

Closing Space: An environmental funder’s reaction: In this article written for Bird Life International, Florence Miller, Director of The Environmental Funders Network examines how the closing space for civil society is impacting the UK environmental sector.

Dismantling the systems that enable slavery: The Freedom Fund focuses on dismantling the local and national systems that enable slavery in countries with the heaviest burden of this crime. It does this by bringing together clusters of frontline organisations to fight slavery in their communities and advocate powerfully on national and international stages. In 2016 alone, its 98 partners liberated 4,225 men, women and children from slavery. They enrolled over 10,000 at-risk children in school, and impacted on 130,568 of the world’s most vulnerable people in their six hotspots – in India, Nepal, Thailand and Ethiopia. This impact is described in the Fund’s 2016 Annual Impact Report.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Fake news is nothing new for human rights – But how do we tackle it? The past twelve months have seen an explosion in stories about the rise of ‘fake news’, but it’s actually nothing new. RightsInfo founder and barrister Adam Wagner discusses with BuzzFeed’s Special Correspondent James Ball and RightsInfo CEO Julia Kirby-Smith the implications of fake news, and what the phenomenon means for human rights, as part of RightsInfo’s second birthday celebration, in association with Free Word.

WATCH: Nonprofits in search of financial access: Real problems, possible solutions: The Global NPO Coalition on FATF hosted this one-hour session on financial access for nonprofits, highlighting two recent reports on the issue, along with a description of work streams underway at the World Bank geared towards crafting solutions.

WATCH: Building movements – Intersectionality of gender, disability, and indigenous identity: Here is a video from the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, the International Disability Alliance and the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Network looking at experiences in cross-movement collaboration to empower indigenous women with disabilities.

World Press Freedom Index: Reporters Without Borders warns of the “general erosion of media freedom” in English-speaking, democratic countries, in its new index of press freedom around the world. Both the UK and the US slid down the rankings, to 40th and 43rd in the world respectively. Norway was deemed the country with the best freedom of press.

NED seeks grant applications: The National Endowment for Democracy seeks grant applications from nongovernmental organisations working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. Deadline to apply is 17th June, 2017.

On “Shrinking Space”: A Framing Paper: This paper by Transnational Institute deconstructs the ‘shrinking space’ for civil society narrative by explaining what it means, who is most affected and why, where the trend is headed, and how progressive social movements can respond.

10 do’s and don’ts for foundations and donors: NCRP and Grantmakers for Southern Progress have put together a list of five key Do’s and five key Don’ts for foundations and donors to have the greatest impact in the communities they serve. See also, As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil by NCRP which focuses on the stories of four activists in the Deep South who are standing up for the well-being of people of colour, the poor, women, immigrants and other vulnerable populations.

Urgent Action Fund – Photo stories: Urgent Action Fund has launched an Instagram feed dedicated entirely to selfcare and collective wellbeing for women human rights defenders.

Migrant women share their stories in prayers: The organisation Maisha, which works for the rights of migrant women, published a collection of prayers by women from African countries. The prayers tell experiences of violence and reasons why women embarked on their journey to come to Europe and speak about the perils and hardships they faced during the journey and situations and difficulties in the destination country.  The collection of prayers is available in English and German.

Let me be me! – Better Care for LGBTI* Children: In this working paper for NGOs, Dreilinden gGmbH presents the essential demands of the 8th Rainbow Philanthropy Conference addressing LGBT* children in development cooperation: to carry out research and provide more data, listen to children‘s voices, identify promising practices, and share resources. The paper is a collaboration with SOS Children‘s Villages International and Keeping Children Safe.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: Annual Activity Report 2016: The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights released their activity report for 2016.


Recording: The Living Wage Funder Scheme – funders speak about their experience: The recording of our webinar on the Living Wage Funder Scheme is now available. Launched in June 2015, the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme supports charities to pay the real Living Wage that meets the cost of living. The aim of the Living Wage Funders scheme is to encourage fellow funders to work together to reduce low pay in the charity sector.  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 discuss how they have implemented the Living Wage concept into their giving. There are plenty of other resources for you to take a look at on this subject on the Ariadne portal.

Giving in Europe – The state of research on giving in 20 European countries: This study is an initial attempt by members of the European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP) to map philanthropy in Europe and presents a first overall estimation of the European philanthropic sector. Containing an overview of the current research on the philanthropy sector, it provides data and an assessment of the data on giving by households, bequests, foundations, corporations and charity lotteries in 20 European countries.

Foundation sector unites in support of Hungarian NGOs: Foundations and support organisations across the globe have united in an unprecedented manner to express their concern about restrictions being imposed on the NGO sector in Hungary. The statement, endorsed by 80 organisations is now available.

Keeping it in reserve: Grantmaking for a rainy day: Recent years have seen a gradual but marked shift in philanthropy, from a traditional emphasis on programme or project focused restricted grantmaking to more flexible funding that enables organisations to build their management infrastructure in addition to and in support of delivering programmes. In this article for Non Profit Quarterly, Hilda H. Polanco and John Summers argue that grantmaking that promotes nonprofit financial health and sustainability by explicitly strengthening reserves can be just as impactful as grantmaking to support programmes. They conclude with various recommendations for funders thinking about funding in this area.

Interview with Claudia Juech – Rockefeller Foundation: In this interview for Philanthropy News Digest, Claudia Juech, Associate Vice President and Managing Director of Rockefeller Foundation talks about “scan and search” activities. The Foundation uses this approach to bring more diverse voices into the earliest stages of its work, ensure that all early-stage decisions are based on the best available evidence, and ultimately do the most good with the resources it has.

Report on the relationships between funders and social purpose organisations: The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Blagrave Trust commissioned an anonymous survey of social purpose organisations towards the end of 2016 to shed light on their experiences of working with trusts and foundations. The report ‘Listening for Change’ gives an unmediated voice to individuals working in social purpose organisations as part of a broader recognition of the importance of funders listening to and learning from those they work with and support.

The Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society – the road to the future: David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation, writes about why the Baring Foundation has taken the lead in the creation of an Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society starting work this month.  See also Civil Society Futures – a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world.

First-ever global donor survey on strategies and funding for child, early and forced marriage: The American Jewish World Service, working with FemJust (Feminist Solutions towards Global Justice), GreeneWorks, and International Center for Research on Women, in collaboration with Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage recently launched the first-ever donor survey on global funding for child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). This survey, together with a complementary civil society survey, will track the levels and direction of resources available for work on child, early and forced marriage. The results of this survey will be used to develop a report on CEFM funding and strategies, which will be disseminated by the end of 2017. The report will be a tool for donors, international agencies, and civil society alike to understand the global funding landscape for CEFM and fill resource gaps. Deadline is 22nd May 2017.

Funders Concerned About AIDS 2016 annual report:  In 2016, Funders Concerned About AIDS launched a new strategic framework, expanded its staff, and prioritised relevant, data-driven programming, communications and advocacy. This report highlights FCAA’s activities and accomplishments.

Talking about human rights – what have we learnt and what happens next? On 27th March 2017, the Thomas Paine Initiative hosted a roundtable for donors to hear from those at the cutting edge of strategic communications on human rights in the UK, including Equally Ours, Rights Info and Amnesty UK.  The meeting also discussed the new strategy and operating model of the Thomas Paine Initiative, a strategic framework for donors and civil society with a shared aim of protecting and promoting support for human rights in the UK. A note on the meeting and the presentations are available on the Ariadne portal.

The role of philanthropy in society:  ‘The Role of Philanthropy in Society’ is an ongoing open-ended study initiated in 2016 by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. The aim of the study is to gain an understanding of the role that philanthropy is playing in society in various countries across the world. The findings of the study will be shared through blogs and sessions at sector events to invite input from the field and ensure that the study evolves in a way that is relevant to the needs of the field. The study will always remain open to further input.


Jobs and Tenders

Director of Grants Management – MacArthur Foundation: MacArthur is seeking a Director of Grants Management. The successful candidate will integrate the newly centralised grants management operation; set the vision and culture for the newly formed Grants Management team; take responsibility for the management of the grants lifecycle by leading the development and implementation of policies, processes, and systems on grants information and data management, due diligence requirements and database coding; and help establish a more systemic approach to capturing, sharing, and applying knowledge. Location: Chicago, United States of America. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Senior Programme Director – MADRE: MADRE is looking to recruit a Senior Programme Director with a strong background in and deep commitment to women’s human rights. The successful candidate will: design, manage and lead the creation of MADRE programmes; work closely with the Executive Director and Human Rights Advocacy Director to develop international advocacy strategy and lead select campaigns; oversee fiscal management for programmes in partnership with the Finance Department; produce new knowledge for the field through written publications and oral presentations; and develop collaborations and represent MADRE to external partners and colleagues. Location: New York, United States. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Data Analyst – King Baudouin Foundation: The King Baudouin Foundation is seeking a Data Analyst. The organisation has a vast amount of quantitative and qualitative data relating to its projects; a rich source of information which could potentially give rise to new initiatives. The Foundation’s current areas of activity are poverty and social justice, philanthropy, health, civic engagement, talent development, democracy, European integration, heritage and development cooperation. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 31st May 2017

Grants Officer and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer – European Endowment for Democracy: The European Endowment for Democracy is recruiting for two roles; a Grants Officer and a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer. The former will be responsible for managing and monitoring EED grants in close coordination with the programmes team; providing strategic guidance to the funds management from a grants perspective; and drafting project proposals and reports for a wide range of EED donors. The latter will lead the development, refinement, planning and implementation of EED’s monitoring and evaluation activities. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 22nd June 2017.

Programme Officer – Open Society Foundations: The OSF East Asia Programme seeks a Programme Officer with expertise on the Korean peninsula. The position is intended for a mid-career professional committed to the protection of human rights, the advancement of the rule of law, and the development of civil society in both North and South Korea. The Programme Officer will be part of the Asia Pacific Regional Office and will report to the East Asia Programme Director with a focus on grant-making, strategy development, policy analysis, and advocacy efforts to promote the Programme’s vision. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 11th June 2017.

Programme Specialist – Open Society Foundations: The Open Society Initiative for Europe is seeking a Programme Specialist to work across two portfolios (i) anti-discrimination, looking at marginalised voices from Muslim, Roma and Black European communities, and (ii) intersectionality, looking at intersectional discrimination within marginalised groups. The successful candidate will provide administrative, technical and programmatic support for OSIFE’s grant making, for example:  identifying high potential new partners; assessing organisations; designing grants; and assessing grants and portfolios.  The Programme Specialist may also take the lead on projects or issues – such as research initiatives, convenings, or advocacy efforts – as assigned. Location: London, Barcelona or Budapest. Deadline for applications is 3rd June 2017.

Responsable Programme et Fonds Individualisés ‘Solidarités Internationales et Urgence’ – Fondation de France: La mission du candidat consiste à suivre les projets soutenus par la Fondation de France à l’international et dans le cadre des programmes d’urgences. Pour cela, il participe à la gestion des appels à projets, assure le suivi des projets soutenus et suit les accords contractuels. Il accompagne, conseille et contrôle l’activité de fondations qui agissent sous l’égide de la Fondation de France dans ces thématiques et participe aux comités de fondations. Enfin, il contribue à la valorisation des actions de la Fondation de France à l’international, en rédigeant des documents publiés sur le site web et des rapports d’activités, et en apportant une contribution aux relations avec les media. Localisation du poste: Paris, France.




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


Public Meetings


June 18th – 24th
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Annual International Conference: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation invites you to attend its Annual International Conference on Philanthropy. This year the conference will explore: ‘Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces in a Highly-Polarised Society.’ In addition to panel discussions, this year’s Conference will be supplemented with break-out sessions, installations and performances that will give participants the opportunity to actively engage in the theme’s exploration through a practical representation of how creativity can impact placemaking and the activation of public spaces. The event will take place between 21st and 23rd June 2017 in Athens, Greece.



May 28th – June 3rd
Time to React: Creating an Enabling Environment for Civil Society: Civil societies are under threat from actions taken not only by authoritarian but also by democratic governments. Organisations for LGBTI people have long faced registration challenges, especially in countries that criminalise homosexual acts. Russia’s new ‘anti-propaganda laws’ make any positive mention of homosexuality – even for health education – a punishable offence. Less well known internationally are anti-NGO laws such as those in Uganda or laws that seek to uphold ‘national dignity’. These especially affect LGBTI organisations, which are frequently their primary target. This conference seeks to create a space for the development of counter-strategies that reflect and incorporate the special role of LGBTI organisations. The event will take place on 1st June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.



July 9th – 15th
IASSCS Conference: ‘Breaking Boundaries: Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction, Health and Rights’: IASSCS’s 20th anniversary conference will focus on the topic of boundaries, and participants will think about the ways in which borders and horizons, in areas as diverse as the academy, advocacy, politics and health, continue to shape approaches to sex, gender and sexuality and invite creativity and deconstruction in the years to come. The event will take place between 12th and 15th July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.



September 10th – 23rd
Inclusion for all through Human Rights Education: Participation for All and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe invite you to their study session: ‘Inclusion for all through human rights education.’ The event seeks to promote human rights education as an effective tool for the social inclusion of young people, with a focus on young people with disabilities. It will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange their experience of informal education and youth work practices. The event will take place between 10th and 17th September 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.



July 9th – 15th
ERNOP’s 8th International Research Conference: The Changing Face of Philanthropy? Philanthropy in an era of hybridity and alternative forms of organising: Philanthropy is a rich and varied phenomenon, and today its study is spread over a large number of disciplines. Recent years have witnessed a diversification of the ‘how’ of philanthropy. Classic donations from individuals, foundations and commercial enterprises give way to hybrid forms of philanthropy. A distinction between giving and receiving organisations, and foundation and commercial enterprise is arguably no longer easily made. Hosted by the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, the conference will seek to formulate answers to questions about philanthropy today, and generate new questions about the philanthropy of tomorrow. The event will take place between 13th and 14th July 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.



June 11th – 17th
Are You Working Safe? Each year hundreds of front line activists are killed, assaulted or surveilled. Increasingly, donors are also coming under threat. What can we do to protect our staff, colleagues and grantees from risk? Oak Foundation and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation invite you to attend a discussion on risk, safety and security. Participants will discuss their own experiences of commissioning risk assessments, risk-management strategies including security advice, hostile environment training and cyber-security audits. They will speak from first-hand experience and draw on the advice of expert service providers. The event will take place on 15th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 25th – July 1st
EFN Summer Lunch: Brexit at the one-year anniversary of the referendum. What now? The Environmental Funders Network will mark the one-year anniversary of the EU Referendum, with a panel discussion and lunch for its members. Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government and experienced civil servant who has worked in HM Treasury, Number 10 and Defra will give the government insider’s perspective on how Brexit will work. Nick Dearden, Director for Global Justice Now and long-time campaigner will provide insight into the impact of Brexit-related trade negotiations on UK environmental policy. Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England will give an overview of the Greener UK coalition and its goals and strategy. RSVP The event will take place on 27th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

July 2nd – 8th
Journalism, Media and the Role of Philanthropy: The media is a critical pillar of democracy and of open society, but faced with a perfect storm of technology, economics and politics it has never been under greater pressure. The Philanthropy Workshop invites you to attend a one-day programme for funders wondering whether and how supporting the media might fit within their own philanthropic goals. The event will take place on 6th July 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

July 2nd – 8th
Solidarity – More in Common? At a time of major political upheaval, the June issue of Alliance will explore the complex relationship between philanthropy and solidarity and look at the different ways that philanthropy and solidarity is responding to the strains between people and states across Europe. At this event, topics of discussion will include: How can philanthropy combat the rise of far-right populism? What can philanthropy do when solidarity means different things to different people? How can foundation associations help philanthropy navigate the challenges? Are British foundations European enough? RSVP The event will take place on 5th July 2017 in London, United Kingdom. To attend, RSVP

 June 4th – 10th
Women, Peace & Security in the Global Arena: This event will look at how scholars and researchers worldwide are holding governments to account for their local and international women, peace and security commitments. Speakers will include: Nana Bemma Nti, Faculty Co-ordinator of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre; Christine Chinkin, Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Jeni Klugman, Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Jacqui True, Director of the Monash Gender Peace and Security Institute; Torunn L Tryggestad, Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security; and Dr Paul Kirby, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. The event will take place on 5th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 18th – 24th
Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World: Post-truth is bigger than fake news and social media. This is the story of bullshit: what’s being spread, why it works – and how we can tackle it. James Ball and Charlie Beckett will be the speakers at this event. James Ball has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, The Guardian, the Washington Post and more in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His latest book is ‘Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World’. Charlie Beckett is the founding director of Polis, the think-tank for research and debate into international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department at LSE. He is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media. The event will take place on 21st June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

 Until July 30th
Call me by my name: Stories from Calais and beyond: Originally staged in London in June 2016, four months before the demolition of the camp, this updated multimedia exhibition from the Migration Museum Project delves beneath the headlines to examine the complexity and humanity behind the Calais camp and the ongoing migration ‘crisis’. Through powerful works and contributions by artists and photographers, refugees, volunteers and members of the public, migrants emerge from a nameless group into named individuals, each with a unique story and set of reasons for being in Calais. The camp, meanwhile, is revealed as an intricate and organised settlement that existed in some form for nearly 25 years, with ever-evolving sets of communities, challenges, tensions and opportunities. The exhibition will be open Wednesday-Sunday until 30th July 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

 Until 3rd September
Syria: A Conflict Explored: The Imperial War Museum invites you to its season of exhibitions and events, ‘Syria: A Conflict Explored.’ Award-winning Russian documentary photography photographer Sergey Ponomarey presents his first UK exhibition, featuring 60 colour photographs from two recent bodies of work. ‘Assad’s Syria’ offers a rare insight into what life was really like for people living in Government-controlled areas of Syria in 2013-2014. ‘The Exodus’ captures the determination, endurance and suffering of people from Syria and elsewhere who sought asylum and a better life in Europe in 2015-2016. Visitors will also see ‘Syria: Story of a Conflict.’ This intimate display explores the causes and effects of this bitter conflict through a collection of objects, personal stories and an installation film experience. The exhibition will be open until 3rd September 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

June 18th – 24th
The Philanthropy Programme – Status of the Social Investment and Social Enterprise Market: Topics to be covered at this Philanthropy Impact event will include: An overview of the social investment and social enterprise landscape in the UK and Europe; An overview of the impact investing market place and opportunities; Collaboration between venture philanthropy, impact investing and mission investment; Case studies of philanthropists and investors moving from giving grants to making social impact investments; The role of B-corps; and Government incentives – are they working? The event will take place on 20th June 2017 in London, United Kingdom.



June 11th – 17th
Cybersecurity for funders: Why it matters and what you can do about it: No matter which specific peace and security issue your foundation focuses on, cybersecurity is increasingly integral to your mission. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Peace and Security Funders Group and New York University’s Center for Cybersecurity invite you to a convening of funders that will provide an opportunity to explore the ways in which cybersecurity is connected to various peace and security funding initiatives, and why we can no longer consider cybersecurity as a siloed issue, unrelated to what we fund. Rather, it cuts horizontally across all funding areas. The event will take place on 12th June 2017 in New York, United States of America.



May 28th – June 3rd
Business and Human Rights: Lessons from Bodo Community v Shell-Daniel Leader (Leigh Day): The Oxford Human Rights Hub and Bertha Foundation invite you to their webinar with leading barrister Dan Leader (Leigh Deigh) on the complex relationship between business and human rights. The webinar will ask: Is business a threat to or enabler of human rights? Dan Leader will explain the nature of Leigh Day’s international work, with a focus on the recently concluded Bodo Community v Shell litigation, in which Leigh Day secured compensation for 15,000 Nigerian fishermen whose livelihoods had been destroyed by repeated oil spills. He will situate Leigh Day’s work within the broader business and human rights debate and the current focus on access to remedy. The event will take place on 2nd June 2017 online. If you’re based in Oxford, United Kingdom you can also attend in person. 



September 17th – 23rd
Oxford Smith School of Sustainable Finance Course 2017: This course is designed as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in policy, regulation, civil society, and investment. It is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at Balliol College of the University of Oxford, and over the subsequent six to nine months, participants will engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment. The event will take place between 18th and 21st September 2017 in Oxford, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 16th June 2017.



May 21st – 27th
How is Venture Philanthropy Tackling Migration & Stimulating Creativity?  EVPA and Stichting De Verre Bergen will host this meeting on how venture philanthropy is tackling migration and stimulating creativity. Highlights of the day will include: visiting Foundation New Home Rotterdam, which offers Syrian families housing and a holistic integration programme into Dutch life; visiting Makerspace, a workshop which brings the community together to create and learn; and hearing from a guest speaker from outside the Netherlands who will offer a different perspective. Please note that this is a member only event. The event will take place on 24th May 2017 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.



June 4th – 10th
What is the current influence of the Armenian genocide? The Armenian Genocide is commemorated each year by the descendants of survivors. What is the influence of the genocide and the commemoration culture on them? At this event, participants will watch Ararat (2002), a historical-drama about a family and film crew in Toronto working on a film based on the Armenian Genocide. In addition to exploring the human impact of this specific historical event, Ararat examines the nature of truth and its representation through art. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will take place on 8th June 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

July 9th – 15th
Human Rights & Transitional Justice: Truth-Finding, Remedies & Reparations: This year’s Summer School on Human Rights and Transitional Justice will explore two core pillars of many transitional justice initiatives: truth-seeking measures and reparations for human rights abuses. Taking stock of past truth-telling initiatives and reparation programmes, it will appraise the main challenges in securing victims’ right to truth and to remedy and reparation in transitional societies. The course will examine newly emerging approaches, such as fact-finding initiatives by UN commissions of inquiry, domestic commissions and international criminal proceedings. It will critically analyse the interplay between the individual and collective dimension of the rights at stake, and address the tensions that arise from the competing imperatives of truth-finding, national security, and justice initiatives. The event will take place between 10th and 14th July 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Deadline for applications is 1st June 2017.

May 28th – June 3rd
Syrian Women at the Negotiating Table: At this event three Syrian women with three different stories will share how they fight terrorism, extremism and conservatism in the region. They are committed to peace and women’s rights. The women will share their stories, show short films about activism and the Syrian civil war, and discuss the role of women in the Syrian peace process. According to a study by the International Peace Institute (2015), peace accords are 35% more likely to have lasting success with women at the table. However, the role of women in peace negotiations for Syria marginal. This event will ask: What does it take to change this? How is the role of women different to that of male activists? And how can Dutch policy makers and NGOs best support Syrian women activists? The event will take place on 29th May 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



May 28th – June 3rd
EU Disability Law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: This seminar will seek to provide participants with the knowledge and legal tools necessary to use the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) as well as other relevant aspects of EU law. Key topics of discussion will include: the UNCRPD, its implementation in the EU, disability in EU law, disability in employment-related policies (reasonable accommodation, the right to equality and non-discrimination), and accessibility in EU law and the UNCRPD (public procurement, ICT, built environment). The event will take place between 29th and 30th May 2017 in Trier, Germany.



May 28th – 3rd June
EFC AGA & Conference: ‘Courage to Re-embrace Solidarity in Europe: Can Philanthropy Take the Lead?’ The 2017 EFC AGA and Conference will focus on the theme of ‘courage for solidarity’ and specifically how philanthropy should be involved in fostering, supporting and promoting it. It will offer a unique opportunity for delegates from around the world to reflect on their own work, learn from their peers, and discover how, by finding the courage to re-embrace solidarity, they can help shape a brighter future. The event will take place between 31st May and 2nd June 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.

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 and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants

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