Ariadne’s Thread – October 2015

Ariadne’s Thread – October 2015
octobre 15, 2015 Lori Stanciu

October 2015

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

logo_2015_athens_ac_just_image_0LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: PRIVATE DONOR CONVENING FOR PHILANTHROPIC AND GOVERNMENT FUNDERS IN THE LGBTQI FIELD: Wednesday October 28th, Athens (in advance of the ILGA Europe conference). Ariadne, ILGA Europe and the Global Philanthropy Project invites you to a first time meeting in Europe of private philanthropy, bilateral and multi-lateral donors to share expertise about LGBTQI movement dynamics and develop strategies to address urgent human rights concerns facing LGBTQI individuals and communities. By joining this meeting you will meet key private and government donors who work globally; learn and share information about the state of European LGBTQI grant-making; build shared awareness of the European funding map: who is funding where, what the gaps are; create and identify mechanisms for sustaining your work, and identify, together with peers, priorities for all funders for the next 12 months. The event is open to grant-makers only and the deadline for registration is October 18th. 

SAVE THE DATE: 4th TELE-BRIEFING – THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE. Ariadne will hold a fourth tele-briefing to discuss the refugee crisis in and around Europe on Tuesday, November 3rd at 16:00 CET, 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST. During this briefing, we will be reviewing funders’ responses to this crisis. Registration will open soon. In the meantime, here is a blog from Jo Andrews, the Director of Ariadne, who will be moderating this tele-briefing. The blog first appeared in Alliance Magazine on 22 September 2015.


REGISTER NOW: CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN THE UK – HOW HAS THE UK PERFORMED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE? Join Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England and Enver Solomon, Director of Evidence and Impact at the National Children’s Bureau for a lunchtime briefing on November 11th at 12.00 BST.  A sandwich lunch will be provided. VenueBarrow Cadbury Trust, Kean House, London. Email Lori at to register.  

SAVE THE DATE: ARIADNE POLICY BRIEFING 2016, TALLINN: Ariadne will hold its annual Policy Briefing next year from April 20th-22nd in Tallinn, Estonia. All Ariadne participants are invited to the meeting, and registration will open in November. More details will follow shortly. Meanwhile, if you would like to come please keep these dates free.




The next Thread will go out on Thursday, November 12th. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by November 9th if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements


Camp in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Flickr Creative Commons via IHH Humanitarian Relief Fund.

Accounting for Human Rights: Lessons from Syria: This article illustrates how a human rights based approach to budgetary analysis provides a way for advocates to assess a state’s prioritisation of its limited resources using human rights as the central criteria. Sean Luna McAdams, researcher in Dejusticia’s Global Area, argues that, as part of accountability work, both funders and rights-bearers need to assess whether the budgets allocated for human rights implementation actually reflect an adequate contribution based on commitments and income levels, among other variables. Without this analysis, the institutions and laws they are trying to protect will lack the operational capacity to address issues as they develop. This approach not only provides advocates with a tool to push for proactive approaches to crisis management, it could also help to emphasise refugees’ agency by including possible benefits of immigration into the calculus. Read the full article here.

New report on stateless children in Europe: The European Network on Statelessness has published a new report “No Child Should be Stateless” as part of its ongoing campaign seeking to end childhood statelessness in Europe. The report offers a synthesis of research studies conducted by ENS members in eight European countries as well as analysis of nationality laws in all 47 Council of Europe states. It explains why many thousands of children continue to grow up stateless due to gaps in European nationality laws or obstacles preventing birth registration. The report reveals that even among those states that have acceded to relevant international conventions, more than half are still failing to properly implement their obligations to ensure that children acquire a nationality.

UN Human Rights Commissioner condemn’s government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act: In a speech at Guildhall, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has condemned the UK government’s plans to repeal the Human Rights Act. Zeid stated that ‘this proposal may have very significant impact on access to remedy for victims of human rights violations within the jurisdiction of the UK. If Britain – a key member of the Human Rights Council, a founding member of the UN, and a privileged, Permanent Member of the Security Council – is considering a move that will potentially weaken a vital regional institution upholding fundamental human rights guarantees, this would be profoundly regrettable, damaging for victims and human rights protection, and contrary to this country’s commendable history of global and regional engagement.’ Read the full article here.

Clarity: A tool to provide guidance for fundamental rights problems in the EU: Launched in October 2015, the Clarity interactive tool allows EU citizens to find the right organisation to help them with their fundamental rights problems. Each EU Member State has specialist public bodies that can give information on or even make a decision about non-discrimination or other fundamental rights issues.

Global AgeWatch Index 2015: Insight report: Age International’s third Global AgeWatch Index measures the quality of life of older people around the world in 96 countries. The report also highlights the growing inequality between rich and poor countries and the impact of gender discrimination on older women.

Know thy audience: effective messaging in human rights campaigns: Knowing your audience, and tailoring messages accordingly, will make or break a human rights campaign. Laurence Janta-Lipinski from YouGov’s political and social research programme argues, in an article for OpenDemocracy, that the only possibility for human rights advocates to move closer to existing public opinion is to change it, and when public opinion is against human rights, better public opinion research can certainly help. The first step in any research process is to know the audience. The second is to understand the diverse range of audiences affected by human rights messaging. A third step is to use a simple, straightforward and jargon-free messaging. Read the full article here.

From the Ante-Chamber to the living room: A Brief Assessment on NGOs Doing Work for Syrian Refugees: An introductory survey has been carried out of NGOs supporting the 1.8 million Syrian refugees living outside the main camps near Istanbul and the border cities. The report gives an overview of the legislation on the rights of Syrian refugees in Turkey and surveyed organisations working directly with them. For funders thinking of working in the field pp. 26-27 offer some suggestions as to what these organisations see as the urgent needs – including advocacy to improve access to education, health care and work for refugees; mother tongue education; monitoring and publicising legislative developments affecting refugees; NGO coordination; improved access to information for refugees; support for NGOs working on women’s rights, disability rights and LGBTI rights; and measures to address children’s rights. Read the report here.

World Female Imprisonment List: Women and girls in penal institutions, including pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners: Analysis from the ‘World Female Imprisonment List‘ indicates that female prison population levels have grown much faster than male prison population levels since around the year 2000, with the number of women and girls in prison increasing by 50% in the past 15 years. Female prisoners generally constitute between 2 and 9% of the total prison population, the highest levels are in Hong Kong-China (over 19%), Macau-China (almost 18%), Myanmar (over 16%), Bolivia, Qatar, Thailand and Vietnam (between 14 and 15%) and Kuwait (almost 14%). Currently, 700,000 women and girls are held in penal institutions throughout the world.

The Obscure Global Organization that’s Unwittingly Undermining Civil Society: Iva Dobichina from The Open Society Foundations explores the role of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations in legitimising the repression of NGOs, but offers hope in the form of FATF exchanges with civil society. See the full article here.

European Commission consultation on equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security: The European Commission is holding a public consultation on the implementation and application of Council Directive 79/7/EEC on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security. This public consultation is a part of the evaluation of the Council Directive 79/7/EEC on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security under the recently adopted Commission’s Better Regulation Framework.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Irish+refugee+posterThe Global Refugee Crisis: How Funders Can Respond: This is a short and clear resource which looks at the different levels at which funders can intervene effectively in this crisis, it was put together by the funders affinity group Grant-makers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Also on this topic see Refugee Action and Refugee Council on what funders should do re: refugee crisis

VIDEO: The Role of Arts and Culture in an Open Society: This six minute video demonstrates how arts and culture have been key to bringing about positive change in countries like Serbia, Kosovo and Armenia. Serbian and Kosovo foundations worked with both of their governments to create a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a metaphor for promoting reconciliation between the two countries. A photography exhibition prompted debate about official government apologies in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. A theater festival aimed at civic-minded youth spurred debate on issues ranging from corruption to intellectual freedom in Haiti. Watch the video here.

All That Is Wrong With Europe: My diary from Calais: Nazek Ramadan, Executive Director of Migrant Voice spent one day in the Calais migrant camp. Nazek states: ”Entering the Calais migrant camp is like stepping out of Europe and into another time and space. I spent the day there earlier this month and at times it felt more like some of the poorest parts of the world rather than France.” Read the full article here

FACTSHEET: Council of Europe factsheet on gender equality standards: In 2015 the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Unit published a factsheet bringing together the main Council of Europe instruments on gender equality and women’s rights. The document is called Gender Equality and Women’s Rights. Council of Europe Standards.

PODCAST: Global Thinkers: Is the World Losing a Generation of Syrians to Trauma? Foreign Policy Magazine contributor Lauren Wolfe and Wendy Young, head of Kids in Need of Defense, discuss the hardships children endure when they flee war — and when they cross U.S. and EU borders. Hear the discussion here.

VIDEO: Changing Systems, Changing Lives: What really works in the struggle to improve the lives of women and girls? How can funders effect systemic change? This video from the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) documents the role and resources of women’s rights organisations.

Ten photographers focus on inequality – a visual story: As new sustainable development goals are announced to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change, 10 photographers have united for Action/2015 to offer their perspectives on equality, with subjects ranging from the Awá tribe in Brazil to factory workers in Wisconsin. See the photos here.

On the Ground with the Refugees: After being stranded for days in Budapest’s train stations earlier this month, the world watched as thousands of refugees walked toward the Austrian border. A video journalist walked with them. The arresting footage—the perseverance of the refugees, the kindness of onlookers, the disorder of the authorities—offers a glimpse of Europe’s refugee crisis in microcosm. Watch the video here.


Frameworks imageHow framing can help regain public support for human rights: Ariadne and Global Dialogue have recently held a one day workshop where funders learned about ‘framing’, an innovative approach to communications that has seen real success in changing public understanding of social issues. See the recording of the masterclass with Dr. Nat Kendall-Taylor from the FrameWorks Institute here. Password is ariadne.

2015 Ariadne Grant Skills Day: This year’s event focused on The Digital Dividend and helped funders appreciate the extent to which technology is redefining their sector, recognise how technology can advance change and understand how and when to apply different technologies to support change. Watch Dan Meredith from the Open Technology Fund talk about technological developments that have an impact on civil society and funders alike.

Winning a place for human rights in the new sustainable development agenda: Kate Donald, Director of the Human Rights in Development programme at the Center for Economic and Social Rights argues that, even though there are various reasons to be critical of the SDGs from a human rights perspective, in particular, the goals and targets for the most part stop short of using explicit human rights language, it is also important to recognise the huge strides made in comparison to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDG’s seem to provide a global development agenda that encompasses inequality and climate change; that acknowledges governance, transparency, political freedoms and access to justice are crucial to just development; and that pledges to take action on a wide range of women’s rights issues, including reproductive rights and sexual health, and violence against women. Read the full article here.

Also on this topic, see SDG Philanthropy Platform: A group of funders and philanthropy networks, including Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Ford Foundation, have launched the SDG Philanthropy Platform to enable partnerships on global development as we transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Again – I would add this to the earlier item on SDGs, otherwise it seems repetitive).

Foundation Giving Trends 2015: According to a new report published by the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), and supported by the Pears Foundation, UK foundation grant-making has risen to £2.5bn, with over 65% of this year’s Top 300 increasing their giving, underlining the resilience of the foundation model in the face of continuing external pressures. The report, ‘Foundation Giving Tends‘ reveals that foundation giving to charitable causes grew by £146 million, suggesting a relatively optimistic financial picture when compared to recent figures. Read the full report here.

How to change from a gender-justice advocate to an internet rights activist: In an interview for The Womanity Foundation, Sara Baker, Global Coordinator at Take Back the Tech! argues that the real problem with gender-based violence through technology is that it is not being addressed — especially at a global level. Take Back the Tech! a women’s rights programme that focuses on several different areas related to tech and gender was created by the Association for Progressive Communications to encourage women and girls to take back technology and to make it their own. It started as a collaborative campaign with people from different countries and since then, it’s grown to well over 30 countries. The project aims to push the discussion around access, freedom of expression, and violence against women worldwide, with a particular focus on the global south, where the issues are more pressing. Read more here.

Equal Footing: King Baudouin Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Foundation Center have launched Equal Footing, a portal of philanthropic resources that includes research, maps detailing funding activities, and case studies to connect funders and NGOs working in Central Africa.


Jobs and Tenders

Calouste-Gulbenkian-FoundationProgramme Manager – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: The Programme Manager will focus initially on delivery of existing plans for the participatory performing arts strand which will include: developing and managing a portfolio of projects and relationship management; developing ambitious partnerships; and drawing out learning for influencing policy and practice to ensure long-term influence and legacy. The post holder will also contribute to the delivery of a new initiative to be begun in 2016 focused on exploring the civic role of arts organisations. Deadline for applications: 23 October 2015. Learn more here.

Senior Programme Coordinator GAGA – Mama Cash: The senior programme coordinator will ensure that planning processes facilitate and generate value added between Alliance members and key partners (regional women’s and environmental funds, NGOs and grassroots organisations). The role also involves ensuring that the programme is on track in delivering alliance-level results, and providing the Steering Committee and Planning Committee with timely and accurate information to steer the programme where necessary. Deadline for applications: 30 October 2015. See full details here.

Evaluation Specialist – C&A Foundation: C&A is looking for an Evaluation Specialist, based in New Dehli, reporting to the Head of Impact and Communications (based in Zug, Switzerland). This role has a focus on monitoring and evaluation of foundation projects and programmes, and providing support to foundation staff and our partners in ensuring a consistent results orientation. See more information here.

Part-time consultantThe High Ground Platform: The High Ground Platform is looking for a part-time consultant to coordinate a new European campaign. The High Ground Platform is a group of progressive international networks working together to counter religious opposition to human rights. The campaign that’s being set up will promote a human rights narrative in favour of women’s rights, LGBTI rights, and genuine freedom of religion and belief. The campaign will focus chiefly on European institutions (EU and Council of Europe). The deadline for applications is 30 October 2015. Learn more here.

Senior Sector Officer for Regional Cooperation – EEA Grants and Norway Grants: The Senior Sector Officer for Regional Cooperation will coordinate The Financial Mechanism Office’s work on the global fund for regional cooperation (EEA Grants and Norway Grants 2014 – 2021). The global fund for regional cooperation will aim to promote sustainable and quality youth employment and also regional cooperation within the key areas of support. The Senior Sector Officer provides advice during development and implementation of the fund, preparation of proposals for Donor grant decisions, as well as facilitates reviews and evaluations of the fund. Deadline for submission of application: 8 November 2015.  Location: Brussels. Read more here.

Programme Officer –  Latin America Programme – Open Society Foundations: The Open Society Foundations’ Latin America Programme seeks a full-time Programme Officer for work throughout Latin America, with a strong focus on Mexico, and on human rights, homicide reduction, citizen security, and drug policy. The position will spend an initial period of time in Open Society’s New York or Washington DC office for training, with later relocation to Mexico City.  Application deadline is November 6, 2015. Read more here


Public Meetings


November 2nd – November 7th
Europe’s Strategic Choices – Building Prosperity and Security: Europe is operating in an increasingly complex environment and faces difficult challenges in the areas of economic competitiveness, energy investment and security policy. These challenges make this an important moment to reinvigorate the debate about Europe’s place in the world, and its ability to protect its interests and enhance its prosperity. Launched by Chatham House in 2014, this annual European strategic dialogue will explore these issues by bringing together senior politicians, business leaders and academics to discuss how European countries can respond individually and collectively to global challenges, exploring developments between Europe and its neighbours through three themes: security, prosperity and energy. Held in association with demos Europa, Centre for European Strategy and the Institute for Security Policy, University Kiel. 5th – 7th November 2015. Location: Ritz Carlton, Berlin. See more here.


September 10th – October 20th
Laying Foundations for Change: This exhibition showcases some of the photographs which make up Laying Foundations for Change, the publication which captures the vision driving The Atlantic Philanthropies’ capital investments in buildings. Working in their local environments, photographers such as Donovan Wiley, Jo Ractliffe and Jim Goldberg have visually explored the capital investments of The Atlantic Philanthropies. Their photographs are testaments to the impact that investments in buildings can have on health, education, culture and the livelihood of millions around the globe. Location: Philanthropy House, Brussels.

October 19th-23rd
All that glitters is not gold – The state of media freedom in the EU: The EU is frequently winning laurels for its high standards of press freedom. Despite this, in Germany the editors of the political blog were recently accused of treason; in Hungary internal censorship is becoming increasingly common as pro-government media enjoy preferential treatment; in Spain, a highly controversial security law, known as the “Gag Law,” evokes fears that journalists can no longer freely report from demonstrations. Join the event to learn about the state of media freedom in the EU, how surveillance and data retention laws influence journalists’ working condition, which role nationalist politicians play in eroding press freedom in their countries.Thursday, 22 October 2015. Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Brussels.  

November 9th – 13th
EuroPhilantopics 2015 – Trust Matters – A lever to deliver better social justice outcomes: EuroPhilantopics is a dialogue between philanthropy actors and EU policy makers which aims to make clearer the potential synergies and collaborations between EU institutions and philanthropy. Through a series of conversations, EuroPhilantopics 2015 aims to get to new ways of public service design and delivery which are authored jointly by policymakers and the communities they are intended to benefit, as well as provide a platform to learn and exchange practice, and showcase concrete examples, approaches and learning from foundations. 10th of November 2015. Location: Bozar, Brussels. See more here.

November 16th – November 20th
Save the date: European Environmental Funders Group 5th Annual meeting: The 5th annual meeting of this network will bring funders together with diverse stakeholders (NGOs, policy-makers, think-tanks, business, and others) to discuss systemic issues affecting the environmental agenda. This is an opportunity for networking, intelligence sharing, and strategic reflection on funding opportunities and start-ups. The event will take place on the 17th – 18th of November, in Brussels. More details will follow soon here.


October 26th – October 30th
Workshop: Helping human rights organisations develop impact from their data: This ESRC & UK Data Service workshop is aimed at those working in civil society organisations that collect administrative, monitoring or evaluation data and who are charged with overseeing strategy and campaigns. Participants will be able to discuss the opportunities and barriers to gaining meaningful insights from data; their own data assets, data from other organisations and the wider datasphere. To register your interest please contact Location: Wivenhoe House Hotel, University of Essex. Thursday-Friday, 29-30 October 2015.


November 16th -20th
Network on Business, Conflict and Human Rights Annual Meeting: The Network will bring together researchers, practitioners and NGO members from various fields with the aim of researching and analysing the role of business in conflict situations reducing people’s rights violations and any other negative social and environmental impact as well as other adverse consequences. It will also look at the potential role of companies in relation to peace building. The event will take on November 19th 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.


November 19th – 21st and November 26th – 28th
CSI Expert Training: Social Investment & Impact, and Foundation Strategies for Impact:The Centre for Social Investment workshops introduce attendees to the fundamentals of CSI’s core issues: impact measurement, social innovation or foundation strategies. The Executive Training on Social Investment & Impact (November 19th – 21st) introduces its participants to the thinking and conceptualising of impact measurement, whilst the Executive Training on Foundation Strategies for Impact (November 26th – 28th) helps participants get in touch with essential basics that lead to reasonable, strategic decisions. Both events will take place in Heidelberg, Germany.


October 26th -30th
2015 African Philanthropy Forum: The 2015 APF Conference will look at some of the key levers that can protect and build the capacity of Africa’s human capital and talent — investments in better health systems to improve health indicators and ward off the threat of epidemics; investments in STEM and centers of excellence to nurture the innovators of tomorrow. See more here.


October 19th – October 23rd
Environmental Funders Network Autumn Lunch with Dr. Jules Pretty: EFN’s Autumn Lunch will feature a talk from Dr. Jules Pretty, author of The Edge of Extinction, about the connections between nature and human health and well-being. Jules has written and edited several books on the braiding of nature and people, exploring the importance of place and the land for identity and health of individuals and cultures. His research focuses on agricultural sustainability, nature and health and consumption patterns and well-being. 12.00-14.15, 22 October 2015, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London. Register with Florence Miller.


October 19th – 23rd
Diversity, Migration and Integration Thematic Network Meeting: The European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) Diversity, Migration and Integration Thematic Network meeting aims to bring together EFC members to network, to learn from one another and to identify potential issues of common interest. This meeting will focus on messaging and on changing the narrative on migration. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how some organisations go about this work and to reflect with their peers from different parts of Europe. Attendees will also hear from local projects, possibly to understand how UK-based organisations are working with undocumented young people in new and creative ways. Location: Barrow Cadbury Trust, London. Learn more here.

October 19th – 23rd
Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in India: This event will see Dushyant Dave, Senior Advocate and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of India speaks from his considerable experience about the issues of accountability and justice at stake in India today. His talk will discuss the campaigns needed across the legislature, executive and judiciary to address serious human rights violations, provide sound systems of redress and ensure strict standards of democratic and legal accountability. Wednesday, 21st October 2015, from 18.30 – 20:00 GMT+1. Location: Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, London, UK. This event is free to attend and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis. More information here.

November 2nd – 6th
ACF Annual Conference: This year the theme of ACF’s conference will be foundation independence; its implications, its power and its limitations. Through 14 break-out sessions and two plenary discussions, the conference will explore the theme of independence alongside a wide range of topical issues of interest to foundations.  The event will take place on November 4th at the BMA House, London. To register, please click here.


November 29th – December 4th
EVPA Annual Conference – Different Voices, A shared Future: The EVPA Annual Conference is a meeting on venture philanthropy and social investment in Europe, attracting around 500 delegates annually, and bringing together a variety of players including social investors, donors, foundations, private equity organisations, advisory firms, private banks, academic institutions and some selected social entrepreneurs. Recognised experts and practitioners identified by an international conference committee lead the various debates, panels and round tables. Location: Madrid, Spain. 1st – 2nd December 2015Learn more here.


October 19th – 23rd
Opening Reception for Moving Walls 23: Journeys: Moving Walls 23: Journeys is an exhibition that highlights the spaces—both physical and psychological—inhabited by people pursuing freedom, security, and a more self-determined future. The exhibition will take place on October 21st 2015, New York. See more details here.


October 19th -23rd
Join Webinar: SDG Philanthropy Platform – Engaging Philanthropy in Global Development: Join a conversation organised by WINGS, the EFC, the Council on Foundations and SDG Philanthropy Platform on the SDG Philanthropy Platform, which aims to help philanthropy engage in the global development agenda. Participants will also learn about, a hub for philanthropic financial and program data, and the importance of data in achieving the SDGs. The webinar will take place on October 21st 2015 – 15:00 – 16:00 CET. To register, please click here


November 9th – 13th
Save the date: 2015 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 work, PILnet’s European Pro Bono Forum offers a setting where participants can explore how they can best collaborate to address critical social issues. 11th – 13th November 2015. Location: NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto, Rome. More details here.


October 26th – 30th
Private Donor Convening for Philanthropic and Government Funders in Countering Violent Extremism: Thursday October 29th, The Hague. Private philanthropy, as well as bi- and multilateral donors will share and provide each other with insights and ideas on the issue as well as the challenges. This convening will provide an important opportunity to share development opportunities, and to build relationships for effective cooperation between grant-makers in this field. This meeting is for grant-makers only and will be solicitation free. To register, please email Meredith Stricker,  by October 15th latest.


December 14th – 18th
EFC & ERA Annual conference on rights of persons with disabilities 2015: The Academy of European Law (ERA) in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre (EFC) are organising the annual conference on the rights of persons with disabilities which will take place on the 14th and 15th December in Trier, Germany. The event will also include a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city situated at the heart of the Mosel wine region and featuring UNESCO World Heritage sites. This event is intended for judges and lawyers working in the area of anti-discrimination or employment law, member state officials, representatives of NGOs, equality bodies and national human rights institutions and disability rights advocates.


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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