Ariadne’s Thread – May 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – May 2018
May 16, 2018 Hannah Stevens

May 2018

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

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Ariadne News & Events

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR: MEDIA FUNDING TOOLKIT – HOW FUNDERS CAN BEST SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN THE MEDIA: Ariadne has been working with consultant Sameer Padania, formerly with OSF’s Independent Journalism Programme, to develop a toolkit to assist foundations moving into supporting media and journalism for the first time, looking at questions such as: How are foundations supporting the media already, both in the UK and beyond; what kinds of organisations are they supporting; and what obstacles are they encountering? Drawing on interviews with journalism funders and a recent Ariadne member survey, this telebriefing will share high-level learnings on these and related questions. We will also seek feedback to help with the development of the final version of our media funding toolkit. Please join us for the opportunity both to learn and to contribute to the development of a new tool for funders. The telebriefing will be moderated by Julie Broome, Ariadne Director. The event will take place on Thursday 24th May at 12:00 BST / 13:00 CEST. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR ON HOW TO FUND NON-FICTION CONTENT WITH THE BERTHA FOUNDATION: Bertha Foundation, together with Ariadne, will be holding a webinar about the nuts and bolts of funding non-fiction content (long form and short form) via partners or directly on 4th June 2018 between 15:00-16:00 BST / 10:00-11:00 EDT. The webinar will look at funding outreach campaigns around documentary films, how to manage the due diligence and how to handle impact measurement. Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Director of Social Impact Media at the Bertha Foundation will moderate the webinar and will discuss how funders can support documentary film production. She will be joined by ‘Made in LA’ movie directors, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, who will look at how documentary film can be an effective tool for creating impact and pursuing social justice. In preparation for the webinar, we invite you to explore the Made in L.A.’s toolkit page as an example of how a successful film was re-purposed as a tool for the communities that it could serve. To register for the webinar, please click here.

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 and Global Fund for Women, and co-sponsored by Ariadne. This webinar will take place on 6th June, between 12:30-1:30pm EST, to explore funders’ roles in supporting social movementsParticipants 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. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR ON CREATING SAFER URBAN ENVIRONMENTS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS: The Womanity Foundation in collaboration with Ariadne will hold a webinar looking at how funders can support the creation of safer urban environments for women, on Thursday 7th June between 13:00-14:00 BST. Laura Somoggi, Womanity Award Programme Manager at The Womanity Foundation will moderate the call and discuss the importance of programmes creating safe cities for women and girls and how violence against women and girls in the urban context really compromises their rights as citizens. Laura will be joined by Katherine Belen, Gender Expert and an International Consultant for UN Women and Giovanna Lauro, Vice President of Research and Programmes at Promundo-US. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: WEBINAR – THE CONVERSATION: A LOOK AT THE HARD TRUTHS OF DONOR AND NONPROFIT ENGAGEMENT: ‘The Conversation: Candid Perspectives and Advice on Fundraising Shared By Donors and Nonprofits’ by EJ Jacobs (Nduna Foundation) is a book that coalesces nearly two thousand conversations with both donors and nonprofits to address the obstacles and opportunities of engagement and fundraising. Intended as a safe space for candour, ‘The Conversation’ is a collection of advice and experiences from both sides of fundraising in order to real best practises for how we interact. In this webinar, the author will be joined by Simon Sommer of the Jacobs Foundation and Carol Steel of Child Soldiers International to discuss the major themes within the book, examine some of the questions that still remain and look for some answers. Please join us to see where your voice and your foundation’s voice fits within ‘The Conversation’ and how to amplify it. The event will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 15:00 BST. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 19th June at 15:00 BST. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) to watch the online demonstration. To register, please RSVP here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: EUROPEAN FUNDERS COUNTERING RACIAL & RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: Ariadne and the Diversity Migration and Integration interest group of the European Foundation Centre are organising the meeting ‘For 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 the 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.’ Through this regional event, Ariadne hopes to sustain European donors’ strategic thinking in this area, respond to appetite for greater collaboration, and ultimately generate more support for the field. This meeting will be held in English. It is open to representatives of grant-making foundations who support projects for social change and human rights both in national contexts and internationally. To see a list of confirmed speakers and to register, please click here.

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.


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


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Drought is driving child marriage in Somalia, Save the Children finds: Research by Save the Children in Somalia suggests that extreme drought is driving an increase in child marriages in the country. The report argues that the devastating drought is threatening progress made towards stamping out some of the worst forms of abuse against girls in Somalia, particularly in the southern regions.

European Network Against Racism report: Racism and discrimination in employment in Europe 2013-2017: The European Network Against Racism has released its 2013-2017 Racism and Discrimination in Employment in Europe report. This is an update of the 2012-2013 Shadow Report, published in 2014. It takes an intersectional approach to racism in the labour market and draws on knowledge gathered by NGOs. Some of the countries looked at include Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the Czech Republic and the UK.

Amnesty International research project – Toxic Twitter – A toxic place for women: ‘As a company, Twitter is failing to respect women’s rights online’. This is according to the March 2018 research project by Amnesty International on violence and abuse against women online. This report explores the causes and nature of abuse against women on Twitter and includes interviews and case studies from victims of online abuse. Amnesty argues that Twitter has a specific responsibility to respect and avoid causing abuses of all human rights including the rights to non-discrimination and freedom of expression and opinion.

Toward inclusive peace: Mapping gender-sensitive peace agreements 2000-2016: Latest research by Monash University finds that women’s civil society participation significantly increases the likelihood that peace agreements will be gender sensitive. The authors of the report, Katrina Lee-Koo and Jacqui True, argue that the inclusion of strong gender provisions in peace agreements remains the exception rather than the rule. However, strong gender provisions are overwhelmingly more likely to be present in the major agreements within a peace process, especially constitutions, but also final/comprehensive agreements.

Reshaping European democracy: Democracy is at serious risk in Europe. Surveys point to growing ambivalence about basic democratic values across the continent, and illiberal trends are clearly afoot in countries like Hungary and Poland. Against this background, Carnegie Europe and Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program are launching the Reshaping European Democracy project. To start the series, here is a new article by Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, entitled ‘Recession and Renewal in European Democracy,’ which gauges overall levels of political engagement in Europe.

Migration through the Mediterranean – Mapping the EU response: A special report assessing the EU’s response to the flow of migrants through the Mediterranean route by the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Combating mobbing and sexual harassment – Consideration of draft report: This draft report on ‘Measures to prevent and combat mobbing and sexual harassment at workplace, in public spaces, and political life in the EU, whose rapporteur is Pina Picierno (S&D, Italy), stresses the urgent need for increased knowledge and understanding of the risks and consequences of violence and harassment at work, in public spaces, and in political life in order to find possible ways and methods to address them. It also emphasises the importance of clarifying the terms, definitions and classifications used in relation to different types of sexual and gender-based violence. Mobbing and sexual harassment can have lasting damaging effects on the victims, including profound implications on their psychological, mental and physical health. See also, ‘Sexual harassment plagues EU body meant to fight it’, by Politico.

New guide – How to bring down the ‘hostile environment’: Liberty have edited a guide for organisations and their supporters summarising recent policy changes linked to the ‘hostile environment’, why these policies should be opposed, and what we can all do about them. This guide is aimed at civil society organisations, their supporters and the wider public interested in challenging the hostile environment, a set of immigration enforcement policies that has turned several ordinary institutions into border guards. See also, ‘Reclaiming civic space: global challenges, local responses‘, by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana and ‘Examining Civil Society Legitimacy’ by Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher.

Alarming lack of diversity among charity trustees in England and Wales: This study shows senior leadership of organisations such as Oxfam and Save the Children is significantly less diverse than FTSE 100 firms. An analysis of board members across the biggest charities in terms of income in the two countries, including Oxfam and Save the Children, showed that only 6.3% were from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, compared with 8.2% among FTSE 100 companies. Women of colour were the least likely group to be on a board or a senior leadership team. The agency Inclusive Boards, which conducted the research, described its findings as “alarming and significant”.

Dejusticia launches groundbreaking playbook for the human rights field against populism: Colombian NGO Dejusticia have published a new addition to the growing literature documenting strategies of resistance and resilience to the crackdown on human rights and civil society. Edited by César Rodríguez-Garavito and Krizna Gomez, this book collects and analyses a repertoire of responses by human rights organisations to the growing crackdown against civil society in different countries around the world that are experiencing populist moments.

New research report: Understanding the drivers of de-risking and the impact on CSOs: This study by the Human Security Collective and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law examines the drivers of de-risking, situating it at the intersection of frameworks for security and regulation. It looks at how global regulations on money laundering and terrorism financing, for instance, permeate policymaking, influencing institutions and negatively impacting humanitarian and development work.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Congratulations Ise! Many congratulations to our friend and colleague Ise Bosch, who has been awarded the Deutscher Stifterpreis (German Donors Award) for her commitment to human rights. The award is the highest honour in the German Philanthropic Sector. Ise is founder of the Dreilinden Charitable Trust, which supports social movements around the world that champion the rights of LGBTQI people. Ise has been a steadfast supporter of the Ariadne network since its inception and we’re hugely proud that she is part of our ‘family’.

BLOG: Lawyers can help companies take human rights seriously:  In this blog piece for A4ID, Anna Kirkpatrick, Senior Lawyer in the international arbitration and business and human rights teams at Clifford Chance LLP, discusses how lawyers can help companies take human rights seriously. Anna argues that what motivates each business to do so differs. Some are driven by governments who demand transparency and reporting on human rights and other non-financial issues.

BOOK: The Conversation – Candid perspectives and advice on fundraising shared by donors and nonprofits: ‘The Conversation’ by EJ Jacobs (Nduna Foundation), offers no holds barred advice and guidance on fundraising from over a thousand donors, but also looks to paint a truly honest landscape in which nonprofits operate. Donors and nonprofits from all over the globe get an opportunity to speak to each other without fear. The book explores the relationship side of engagement, as well as the tools that nonprofits need for successful fundraising and donors need for impactful funding. Ariadne will hold a webinar on 13th June where EJ will discuss the major themes within the book, examine some of the questions that remain and look for some answers. See further details and how to register in the ‘Ariadne News and Events’ section above. 

BLOG: Meet the theatre company tackling homelessness on stage: Cardboard Citizens produces regular theatre plays with the aim of tackling homelessness. The company says it reaches about 1,500 homeless and at-risk people each year through performances, training and workshops, ranging from acting to interview skills and yoga. Theatre director Adrian Jackson started the charity to challenge perceptions, raise awareness and foster debate around homelessness, inspired by Brazilian Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, which uses theatre to promote social change. “Audiences are tremendously moved by this show,” he says. “While they’re in that state, that’s a good place to start talking about how things could be different.”

WATCH: No longer alone – LGBT voices from the Middle East and North Africa: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality argue in this new video series. The video is also accompanied by a report.

TOOLKIT: Environmental education and connecting children to nature: The North American Association for Environmental Education and the Children and Nature Network have launched a new online library with summaries of the academic research into the effects of environmental education, connecting children to nature and fostering sustainable behaviour. Some of you or your grantees may find it useful.

EXEPERT BRIEFING: Understanding ‘Windrush’: The APPG on Migration has published an expert briefing that provides legal and historical context to the Windrush scandal and highlights unresolved issues. The briefing has been written by Alexander Finch of Fragomen LLP.

BLOG: Liberate philanthropy: Let’s talk about power: In this blog, Alisa Hauser, Executive Director of the Pollination Project, writes about how we use/abuse power in philanthropy and some simple structures for thinking about power that include shared decision making and peer led funding models. This is the fifth post for ‘Liberate Philanthropy, a new blog series curated by Justice Funders Network to re-imagine and practice philanthropy free of its current constraints, the accumulation and privatisation of wealth, and the centralisation of power and control, to one that redistributes wealth, democratises power and shifts economic control to communities.

BLOG: Fighting the backlash against feminism in Bulgaria: In Bulgaria, the promotion of gender equality has become a contentious issue, especially for political leaders and other influential public figures. In this blog for Open Global Rights, Nadejda Dermendjieva, Executive Director and Gergana Kutseva, Director of Development and Communications at the Bulgarian Fund for Women, discuss how the fund is finding new ways to fight the backlash and misunderstandings around women’s rights and gender equality.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Civitates Fund: Civitates Fund has recently been established by a consortium of 16 foundations committed to upholding democratic values in Europe. It believes in European democracies, where all citizens have the opportunity to access information, make their voices heard, organise, mobilise and engage fully in the democratic processes.  To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all. Civitates is hosted by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations. The Fund is proud to announce its first call focused on encouraging civil society organisations from EU member states and EFTA countries to come together and create coalitions to address issues related to the shrinking space for civil society. Application deadline is 15th June 2018. Please share with anyone interested.


Do you have a great blog post, case study or podcast you’d like to contribute? We would love to feature it. Email Hannah Stevens at


Rainbow flag and blue skies by Ludovic Bertron is licensed under CC BY 2.0

2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities: Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues have released its 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities. This comprehensive report focuses on the state of foundation and government funding for LGBTI issues and captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016. A comparison of the 2015-16 and 2013-14 data shows that there has been a 35% increased in the number of reported grants and a 23% increase in global LGBTI funding, or $100m (USD) in total grant amount.

Riding the Waves: How pop culture has the potential to catalyse social change in the UK: This report shares findings from Unbound Philanthropy’s research exploring how pop culture influences social change in the UK. The aim has been to explore how pop culture is evolving in the UK, its influence and the role of philanthropists in leveraging pop culture to catalyse social change. The focus is on pop culture that influences narratives on migration and integration in the UK. But there is much to learn from other social justice areas (e.g. women’s rights, mental health, disability etc.) and the report reviews relevant case studies where there are lessons to learn.

Ten Years’ Time Grant Givers’ Programme & 2027 Programme: Ten Years’ Time is a philanthropy education firm which supports individual philanthropists, and those working in grant-making, to understand the issues and communities they are invested in. Their Grant Givers’ Programme explores the best ways that philanthropy can be used to advance social change. The programme is designed for people who are directly involved in grant-making with less than 5 years’ experience. For further information contact Ten Years’ Time is also partnering with Charityworks, Koreo, Ruth Ibegbuna and Baljeet Sandhu, to launch the 2027 Programme­. This is a one-year placement programme that supports grant-making organisations to bring diverse talent from working class communities and frontline roles into their teams. For further information on the 2027 programme or to sign up as a host organisation contact

Philanthropy’s Seven Deadly Sins: In this article for Nonprofit Quarterly, Ali Webb asks – how can the impulse to help others be coupled with the concept of sin? From a survey of senior philanthropic leaders across a variety of foundations, the author derives a list of the top seven deadly philanthropic sins.

Why local funding is good but not good enough: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Ariadne member Barbara Klugman asks whether, despite responding to the closing space for civil society and enabling local groups to shape their own agendas and strategies, local funding is always the best solution?

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen: While slogans like ‘think globally, act locally’ have been around for decades, so much decision making about philanthropy and development aid still happens by stakeholders outside of affected communities. This GrantCraft Leadership Series paper by Jenny Hodgson and Anna Pond focuses on how funders around the globe are challenging this norm by sharing and shifting power into the hands of local leadership. It explores examples, advice, and the driving questions for donors interested in producing people-owned changes, without losing sight of their institutional interests.

What Donors Want by I.G. Advisors: What Donors Want – a podcast by I.G. Advisors – offers a behind-the-scenes view into major gifts fundraising from the donor’s perspective. In the latest episode, I.G.’s Carlos Miranda and Rachel Stephenson Sheff chat with Jennifer Alcorn and Emily Inslee of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discuss the internal decision-making structures at Gates, the qualities of a dream fundraiser, the importance of complete honesty in a donor partnership, and more.

Debunking two myths to avoid agony in Italian civil society: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Ariadne Advisory Board Member Carola Carazzone asks: why should Italian philanthropic foundations take the lead and start financing strategic goals and organisations rather than just projects?

PeaceNexus Call for Proposals: The PeaceNexus Foundation is now accepting applications from non-governmental and non-profit organisations who are interested in their tailored capacity building support. The call for proposals, open until 24th June, is for organisations interested in: organisational development support; support to strengthen their conflict sensitivity and/or contribution to peacebuilding; and support to strengthen inclusive dialogue with business. PeaceNexus is open to receiving applications from foundations themselves, particularly for Lot 2. For further information, see their website. In this blog, featured on Ariadne’s website, Catriona Gourlay, Executive Director of the PeaceNexus Foundation offers some insight into why and how the foundation is supporting organisational change and peacebuilding.

Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking: Knowledge has the power to spark change, but only if it is shared. In Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking, grantmakers make a strong case for foundations to openly share knowledge as an integral and strategic aspect of philanthropy. Learn from their first-hand experience how to grow organisational capacity and culture for knowledge sharing, address common concerns, and use knowledge exchange to advance your mission and impact.


The next Thread will go out on Thursday 14th June. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 12th June if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Programmes Manager – British Asian Trust: The British Asian Trust is seeking a Programmes Manager to support the development and management of several complex programmes across several countries. Working directly with the Head of Programmes, the successful candidate will contribute to the success of the Trust by working closely with key stakeholders to manage existing programmes and supporting the development of new projects and partnerships, including a focus on Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The post holder will also be the organisation’s lead on grant management. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 28th May 2018.

Programme Officer & Programme Specialist (International Migration Initiative) – Open Society Foundations: Open Society Foundations is looking for a Programme Officer and a Programme Specialist to join its International Migration Initiative (IMI). The IMI’s programme areas are: 21st Century Protection, Fair Work, Welcoming & Integrated Societies and Advocacy & Special Initiatives. The Programme Officer will work on the 21st Century Protection area and the Programme Specialist will work across the areas, but particularly on the Fair Work area. Location: London or New York (Programme Officer) and London (Programme Specialist). Deadline for applications is 8th and 11th June 2018 respectively.

Senior Advisor, Psychological Violence, Issues Affecting Women Programme – Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation is recruiting a Senior Advisor on Psychological Violence. Psychological abuse in intimate partner relationships, as well as in other situations, is an emerging field that Oak is committed to investing in with a view to building knowledge and embedding learning across its growing domestic violence portfolio among others. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the lead Trustees and the Director of the Issues Affecting Women Programme to research and develop a portfolio of grants that will advance the field of intimate partner violence by highlighting the impact of psychological violence, coercion and control. Reporting to the Director of the Issues Affecting Women Programme, the Senior Advisor will also support other programmes in identifying potential strategies and grants in areas related to psychological abuse. Location: Geneva, Switzerland is preferred and North Carolina, USA is a possibility. Deadline for applications is 18th May 2018.

Head of Digital Grantmaking – Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund is looking to hire a Head of Digital Grantmaking. The post holder will help the Fund to become a ‘digitally savvy funder’ (i.e. one that can make great grants in a world that is completely permeated by digital tools and digital norms. They will also implement an approach to strengthening the digital capabilities of organisations in the civil society sector. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 25th May 2018.

Programme Associate – Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys: Ignite Philanthropy is recruiting a Programme Associate. The successful candidate will primarily liaise between the INSPIRE Working Group’s Coordinator and the New Venture Fund Account Team that supports Ignite Philanthropy, ensures compliance, and issues funding. The Programme Associate will not make funding recommendations, but rather facilitate processes and assist as needed to ensure continuing programmatic relevance to Ignite Philanthropy. The Programme Associate will also provide critical support on a range of broader Ignite Philanthropy initiatives. Location: Flexible worldwide, preferably based in or near the CET or ET time zones. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  

Programme Manager – GDS Services International Limited: GDS Services International Limited (GDSSIL) advises a private Trust which supports work on international development and disasters and manages the Trust’s portfolio of grants. GDSSIL is seeking a Programme Manager to assist with managing the portfolio of existing grants and to work on new applications for funding support. In addition, the Programme Manager will lead on GDSSIL’s disasters programme strategy and support overall strategy development, learning and evaluation.  Location: Surrey, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 31st May 2018. 


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


Public Meetings


May 27th – June 2nd
Philanthropy Scrum – Co-creating a Single Market for Philanthropy: Philanthropy Scrum is a joint event format of DAFNE, EFC and EVPA. It brings together opinion leaders, thinkers and makers of European philanthropy, politics and civil society and discuss the big questions of the time. Philanthropy Scrum offers a high-level platform for the exchange of experience and thinking beyond borders. The event will take place on 28th May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

June 3rd – 9th
European Women’s Forum: Women ReShaping Power: The European Women’s Lobby invites you to its second flagship Women’s Forum in Brussels. This year, in recognition of the upcoming European Elections, the forum will address the theme of ‘Women ReShaping Power.’ Through its 2018-2019 “50/50” European Elections campaign, the EWL will support women’s political empowerment, ensuring that women are engaged in political debate at all levels and that the issues affecting women and girls form a key element of the election period, and in the wider debate on the direction of the future of Europe. The event will take place on 7th June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

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



May 20th – 26th
Millennifest: “A better story about our future is possible. Avocados or snowflakes? Neither. Let’s take back control (yep, we said it) of what people are saying, thinking and hearing about millennials and our future.” Piloting around the UK in 2018, these events are all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. The programme of talks, masterclasses and creative activities will showcase stories of social activism, positive politics, and opportunities to join up with others or pioneer new ideas. Participants will hear from people who represent or inspire millennial leaders – including political figures, community activists and social pioneers. The event will take place on 26th May 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. Another ‘millennifest’ will take place in London on 9th June 2018.



June 17th – 23rd
Civil Society: Hope in the Syrian Disaster? After seven years of protracted and intensive conflict in Syria, there is an urgent need to restore basic services such as food, education, health and water. Resilience-oriented interventions require a holistic and flexible approach that includes Syrian civil organisations, local power structures and the private sector. Hundreds of active Syrian society organisations have been created since 2011, across government and opposition-controlled areas, to provide people with basic services. The scale and capability of the local response to the crisis, yet largely unknown, is remarkable given the limited support it receives. If there is any hope to stabilize the country and engage in peacebuilding and reconciliation, it largely relies on Syrian civil society organisations within and across partition lines. Today, that glimpse of hope is threatened by the reluctance to support civil organisations at a time when their capacities are reduced because of the proxy war power struggles. How can the international community act to preserve the spirit and enhance the capacity of Syrian civil society, despite the complexity of the challenge? This round table will explore avenues for action. The event will take place on 19th June in Geneva, Switzerland.



October 7th – 20th
Global Legal Empowerment Network Legal Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity: The Global Legal Empowerment Network is organising its first learning exchange focused on citizenship and legal identity. This learning exchange will be hosted by Namati and three organisations – Nubian Rights Forum, Haki na Sheria, and Haki Centre – who work with community paralegals to support communities to overcome discrimination in accessing legal identity documents and full citizenship rights. Participants will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned. The event will take place between 7th and 19th October 2018 in Kenya. Deadline for applications is 3rd June 2018.



May 20th – 26th
Threats to environmental activists in Latin America, and how they are responding: Join Ana Paula Hernandez, Latin America Programme Officer at Fund for Global Human Rights, and Santiago Hoerth, Director of Código Sur – a leading organisation helping Mesoamerican human rights organisations to strengthen their digital security – to discuss the evolving challenges faced by land and resource rights activists across the region and learn about how the Fund is supporting locally-rooted groups to respond. The event will take place on 22nd May 2018 in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

May 20th – 26th
Transparency and Risk in Philanthropy: This session will address issues relating to reporting obligations and transparency, and subsequent concerns as to the security risks of giving large monetary gifts; how to offer clarity and reassurance to clients, and how best to deal with the issues through smart giving channels and estate planning. The event will cover: implications of CRS on philanthropy; how to manage risk; what advisors need to think about when; best serving the clients’ needs; foreseeing their concerns; working with high profile donors preparing to make substantial gifts that will put them in the public eye; and transparency and risk from a foundation and charity perspective. The event will take place on 22nd May 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

June 3rd – 9th
Addressing Human Rights Violations from Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives – in conversation with ECCHR and Forensic Architecture: In situations of grave injustice, legal action alone is not always enough to effect change. A multi-pronged approach is often needed, and different disciplines should join their efforts to maximise impact. Through a more holistic approach legal interventions can bring a new impetus to the enforcement of human rights, the effects of which can be felt far beyond the courtroom. Join Bertha Foundation to hear from ECCHR Secretary General Wolfgang Kalek and Forensic Architecture Director Eyal Weizman on their collaborative approach to addressing criminal injustice, covering shared work on torture in Syria, negligence in garment factories, and drone strikes in Pakistan. The event will take place on 7th June in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

June 17th – 23rd
Ensuring Human Rights Make a Difference in the Small Places Close to Home: You are invited to take part in this important and timely conversation between human rights donors and activists and those involved in local community activism and development, to explore together how human rights can bring more power to people in the ‘small places close to home’. This blogpost explores some of the questions to be discussed: Following Grenfell, how can human rights have real meaning in the ‘small places, close to home’? The event will take place on 18th June in London, United Kingdom. RSVP

July 22nd – 28th
Rare Birds: Voices of Holloway Prison: Join Teesside poet Natalie Scott, who will present her Arts Council funded project in progress Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison. This collection of dramatic monologues aims to creatively retell the story of the notorious London prison from 1852 (when it first opened its gates) to 1955 (when the last woman to be hanged in Britain was executed within its walls). The poems adopt a range of perspectives, including the voices of actual prisoners, staff and other influential people involved in the prison’s history, to create a polyphonic (many-voiced) retelling. Natalie will share some of the fascinating documents she has discovered on her visits to the archives in London and will do a script-in-hand performance of selected poems. The event will take place on 25th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom.



May 20th – 26th
Reclaiming Civic Space: Resistance, Resilience and Resources:  The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas Human Rights in collaboration with The Fund for Global Human Rights, seeks to address the imbalance in material currently available on the global crackdown on civil society, the majority of which focuses on the diagnostics, rather than the responses by activists. Conectas and The Fund – in partnership with OSF – are delighted to host a closed-door/funder only panel discussion with the aim of sharing the body of knowledge captured by the Journal with the funder community. The event is being organised in collaboration with the Human Rights Funders’ Network. Hearing directly from the activist authors themselves, the discussion, which will emphasise a Global South perspective, will encourage reflection on how well current grantmaking is both adapting to the challenges that activists are facing and supporting the strategies of resistance and resilience the activists consider effective in order to reclaim civic space. The event will take place on 22nd May 2018 in New York, United States of America.



May 27th – June 2nd
In the Classroom and Beyond: Supporting Refugee Students: Participants in this webinar will join Dr Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University (Canada) in conversation with Dr Stavroula Kaldi, University of Thessaly (Greece), to discuss the experiences of refugee students in the classroom and beyond, current educational policy gaps when it comes to supporting refugee students, and successful strategies that teachers, resettlement officers, and school administrators can use to ease the transition for refugee students in schools. The webinar will take place online on 31st May 2018.



November 11th – 17th
Paris Peace Forum: The Paris Peace Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key issues: peace and security, environment, development, digital and new technologies, and inclusive economy. The Paris Peace Forum aims to strengthen the actions of existing multilateral organisations, primarily the United Nations, and speed up implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will take place between 11th and 13th November 2018 in Paris, France.



May 27th – June 2nd
Growing Solidarity: Funding at the Intersection of Faith, Religious Fundamentalism, Human Rights and Social Justice: This grantmaker convening in Southern Africa will bring together funders across LGBTI and Feminist issues to build solidarity, strategy, and momentum around support of LGBTI-affirming faith communities, and resistance to the use of religion to harm or advance discrimination against LGBTI people around the world. The convening is organised with four pillars – Grantmaking Strategy, Donor Collaboration, Learning from Concrete Experience, New Knowledge – and four frames: Understanding the Opposition (exploring the dynamics and mechanics of anti-LGBTI agendas within faith and religious institutions); Case Studies (exploring success and failure in funding resistance and resilience, examples of donor collaboration and coordination); Hearts and Minds (examples of funding media advocacy, progressive faith leadership, and other LGBTI-affirming movement strategies) and Connecting the Dots (cross-movement strategies for resisting anti-LGBTI faith/religious agendas). The event will take place between 27th and 30th May 2018 in Southern Africa.



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



May 13th – 19th
The Road to Unfreedom: In his new book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, Yale historian Timothy Snyder chronicles the troubling path of post-Cold War history that has led to the current state of global democratic crisis. Snyder focuses intensively on Russia and its political evolution but also broadens his canvas to examine challenges to democracy in the United States and Europe. Snyder will present the main arguments of his book and engage in a discussion with moderator, Thomas Carothers, senior vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and with the audience. The event will take place on 18th May 2018 in Washington D.C., United States of America.

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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