Ariadne’s Thread – September 2016

Ariadne’s Thread – September 2016
septembre 21, 2016 Lori Stanciu

September 2016

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

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Ariadne News & Events

800x800-gsdLAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: Ariadne Grant Skills Day – This year the Grant Skills Day will take place on Monday, 26th September and will look at bringing communities together: how funders can help to build relationships between groups from diverse backgrounds and different viewpoints. Drawing on experiences from places such as Northern Ireland, the day will focus on the role of funders working in divided communities and will aim to provide possible answers to the following key questions: Are social change funders sufficiently connected to what they want to address? Do they see the world in a different way both to the groups they support and to those they don’t support but maybe should? How can funders become better at connecting with the issues and people they work with, maintain their relevance and contribute to social cohesion and stability? What approaches and strategies have been successful in addressing divisions within communities and achieving meaningful change? To see full details and register, please click here.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: 2016 FUNDERS’ LEARNING VISIT ON MIGRATION – JORDAN: Ariadne, in collaboration with the International Human Rights Funders Group are organising a 3-day learning visit between 18-20th October 2016 to Jordan. The 2016 Learning Visit will look at strategies to address the current global refugee crisis and will focus on issues in the Middle East and North Africa region that are having an impact globally. Participants will engage with activists, advocates, experts, and funders working in all global regions. To see full details and register, please click here.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: ILGA-EUROPE DONOR PRE-CONFERENCE: Ariadne, Global Philanthropy Project and ILGA Europe will hold a day-long convening on October 19, 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus, ahead of the ILGA Europe Annual Conference. The meeting will bring together key public and private funders, donor governments, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners within the European LGBTI movement to develop strategies responding to current trends in the European region. This convening aims to enhance the impact of grant-making for LGBTI equality in Europe by fostering a shared understanding of the needs of the field; identifying and encouraging opportunities for alignment and collaboration. This year we invite you to explore themes such as Defending and Protecting Civil Society Space, Intersectionality and Diversity, and Law and the Lived Experience. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE: WHAT ROLE FOR UK FOUNDATIONS? The purpose of this meeting, jointly organised by the Ariadne Network and the Association of Charitable Foundations, is to provide an overview of how the refugee crisis is playing out in Europe with a view to identify strategies that can help to more effectively respond to this emergency in a post-Brexit landscape. We will hear from Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UNHCR UK (TBC) about the role played by international agencies in supporting refugees across the continent and about their assessment of what responses are needed to better handle the situation. We will then hear from Lily Caprani, UNICEF UK about the challenges facing unaccompanied and separated refugee children with a view to clarify the type of interventions required to address their needs. Finally, the meeting will feature contributions from a couple of funders that have been active in this space, including Open Society Foundation, who will help to inform a discussion about the role UK foundations can play in the context of an international crisis. The event will take place on Tuesday, 25th October 2016, between 14:00 – 16:00 BST. To book, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: ARIADNE 2017 POLICY BRIEFING – APRIL 5th-7th 2017:  Next year’s Ariadne Annual Policy Briefing and Networking Event will take place in Turin, Italy (as suggested by last year’s participants) between Wednesday April 5th and Friday April 7th. Please save the date. We will be opening the call for session proposals shortly. More details will follow on the Ariadne portal soon.

REGISTER NOW: ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour tuition session to increase your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Wednesday, October 5th 2016, at 16:00 BST. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) in order to watch the online demonstration. To register, please RSVP to Kenneth Hill. 



The next Thread will go out on Thursday, October 13th. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Lori Stanciu by October 11th if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


New Research, Articles and Judgements


Credit: Surrey Police

LGBT Consortium report: A snapshot of the LGBT sector: The LGBT Consortium published their report, ‘A snapshot of the LGBT sector‘ in August 2016. The report is based on a survey of LGBT voluntary and community organisations on how income and funding has changed over the past year.

Shackled Freedoms: What Space for Civil Society in the EuroMed? This Euromed Rights report depicts the obstacles and repression against civil society in the region and showcases first-hand accounts from Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories among others. The report also features recommendations by CSOs for joint action and seeks to influence EU policies to that effect. It focuses on the impact of security and anti-terrorist policies and lists the growing arsenal of repressive measures, both in law and practice, that CSOs face on a daily basis: judicial harassment, surveillance, arbitrary arrests, torture and assassination.

Why Are You Keeping Me Here?: Unaccompanied Children Detained in Greece: This 27-page Human Rights Watch report documents arbitrary and prolonged detention of children in violation of international and Greek law. Children are held in unsanitary conditions, sometimes with unrelated adults, in police stations and detention centres where they have little access to basic care and services. The report is based on interviews with 42 children who were or had been detained, as well as visits to two police stations and two detention centres in mainland Greece. See also: Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children by Unicef and Reception of female refugees and asylum seekers in the EU Case study Belgium and Germany, by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs.

Education and Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for Peacebuilding: Part of a joint research project by the International Center for Transitional Justice and UNICEF on the intersections of education, transitional justice, and peacebuilding, this report explores how a transitional justice framework can help to identify educational deficits relating to the logic of past conflict and/or repression and inform the reconstruction of the education sector. Drawing on comparative experiences from around the world, it looks at how formal and informal education can help facilitate the work of transitional justice measures and vice versa.

Sweden, a model for gender equality, aims to make its record even stronger: Last week, Sweden’s minority center-left government announced that it plans to propose legislation that will require 40 percent of all corporate board members to be women by 2019, with fines for companies that fail to comply, despite the fact the center-right opposition has said it will vote against the measure. In this interview for World Politics Review Ann Numhauser-Henning, a professor at Lund University, discusses gender equality in Sweden (WPR subscription needed).

Giving megaphones to the disenfranchised: Why Internet rights are human rights: In this article Alberto Cerda Silva, Ford Foundation, argues that access to the Internet is key for the realisation of human rights and freedom of expression in modern societies. According to him, governments must be required to develop and implement public policies that assure greater access to the Internet as this provides all citizens with the right to express themselves and contribute to their societies.

What next after Brexit? Immigration and integration in post-referendum Britain: This new British Future report, written by Sunder Katwala, Jill Rutter and Steve Ballinger in August 2016 makes recommendations to the Government, to regional and city mayors such as the Mayor of London, and to advocates for the positive benefits of migration.

DatNav, a new guide to help navigate and integrate digital data in human rights research: The Engine Room, Amnesty International and Benetech have launched DatNav, a new guide to help navigate and integrate digital data in human rights research. From online videos of rights violations, to satellite images of environmental degradation, to eyewitness accounts disseminated on social media, people have access to more relevant data today than ever before. But integrating data collection and management into the day to day work of human rights research and documentation can be challenging, even overwhelming, for individuals and organisations.

Austria: First report on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence: Austria has published its first ever report on the country’s efforts to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. Austria joins Monaco as one of the first two countries to undergo a basic evaluation of compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Credit: Sara Hamilton

WATCH: A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education: Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have jointly produced this film as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in fulfilling human rights. The documentary is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children (India), law enforcement agencies (Australia) and women surviving victims of violence (Turkey).

WATCH: End the detention of refugee women: Set Her Free: Margaret’s Story: This short animation, produced by Women for Refugee Women and directed by Priya Sundram, highlights the experiences of refugee women, many of whom have survived sexual violence and torture, who are detained in Yarl’s Wood.

Wickr Foundation announces Whistler, an encrypted app for whistleblowers: The Wickr Foundation, a new nonprofit spin-off of encrypted messaging app Wickr, has announced its first investment. Whistler, a secure app to enable whistleblowers, and activists to organise nonviolent protest and document human rights abuses. Whistler, which is still in development, will have four key functions: secure messaging, reporting and file sharing, educational materials for nonviolent movements, and a panic button to erase files in case of illegal detention.

WATCH: Chatham House Primer: What is a Refugee? In this video, Professor William Maley offers an introduction to the complex idea of ‘the refugee’, setting the current European crisis within the wider history of human exile and displaced peoples.

Infographic: Land Rights: From the Ground Up: Secure land rights is a new tool by Landesa, Rural Development Institute in its fight against global poverty. The new infographic, Land Rights: From the Ground Up, examines the many different ways that strong land rights could benefit a family like the Sasis, see link above.

WATCH: He named me Malala: BritDoc in partnership with the Malala Fund have released a documentary called He Named Me Malala, which has been widely screened at Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, and is available on DocAcademy. Ariadne is organising a Learning Visit to Jordan in mid-October, see the Ariadne News and Events section for details.

Women Human Rights DefendHer: Standing Together for Justice: Just Associates, together with Global Fund for Women and MADRE, have launched Women Human Rights DefendHer: Standing Together for Justice. This online campaign features the stories of 14 women human rights defenders and groups around the world who, despite threats and retaliation, are working to end violence against women, advance LGBTQI rights, protect the planet and the rights of indigenous communities and more.

SINGA: Connecting Community, New and Old: This Paris-based organisation aims to create social inclusion, value the contributions, talents and presence of refugees, and change the discourse around refugees by functioning as a community.  SINGA sees refugees as part of the solution to strengthening local communities and it seeks to change the role refugees typically play, from receivers of services, to a focus on their human and social capital. Although established in Paris, France, SINGA is active and growing in other parts of France, Berlin, Brussels, Montreal, Rabat and Sydney.

WATCH: Safehome: a new home for 321 unaccompanied minors: The Bodossaki Foundation has recently opened a shelter for 321 unaccompanied minors, in partnership with ARSIS, Praksis, Doctors of the World, METAdrasi and Medical Interventio. This video shows the making of the shelter. Helena Smith, the Guardian’s correspondent in Athens, highlights the efforts of the Bodossaki Foundation’s team while working for supporting refugee children in Greece.

WATCH: Solve poverty in the UK: Actor Michael Sheen talks about the need for us all to work together to solve poverty.



Credit: Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr

Refugees and the role of donors: Here is an article by Inga Wachsmann, Programme Officer at the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation on the role of donors in the refugee crisis, following a meeting on refugees and the role of donors in Paris on 5th July 2016, organised by Ariadne and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation.

Foundation Maps: Human Rights: Here is the recording (portal login required) from the latest training session on Foundation Maps: Human Rights, our interactive, funder-only map of human rights grant-making. Learn how to use the map to understand the funding landscape for specific rights areas, find funding partners and potential grantees, and see how your institution fits within the overall field. You can also use the map to search at the intersection of different issues and populations. The map is available to grantmakers through the Ariadne portal.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation anti-poverty strategy: We can solve poverty in the UK: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched its anti-poverty strategy, ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’, in September 2016. It is a long-term strategy to solve poverty in the UK which aligns greater corporate responsibility with an active, enabling state, promoting individual capacity and capability. The report makes clear the many links between poverty and protected characteristics, most notably the disproportionate way poverty affects women, BME and disabled people, and single parents.

Request for children-oriented donors funding in Nepal/Uganda to participate in donor survey: Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) has commissioned a brief online donor survey examining the various ways that children’s care and protection is funded in Nepal and Uganda. They are interested in learning who is funding this work. The analysis will aid development of future awareness campaigns, funders indexes and resource briefs, as well as inform opportunities for funder collaboration. The ECFG is a global consortium of philanthropic funders dedicated to preventing violence against children and strengthening the family unit. Responses are requested by 28th September.  Many thanks in advance.

Ford joins growing list of grant makers focused on people with disabilities: In a recent essay Darren Walker, Ford Foundation President, has announced his commitment to disability rights. Ford will not launch a disability programme but will seek to include people with disabilities in all its programmes and operations (i.e. the renovation of their offices and human resource policies).

Mind the gap – what we learned about how funders can be moved in the right direction: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Nadia van der Linde, Red Umbrella Fund and Sanne Bos, Free University, Amsterdam look at reasons as to why human rights funders are hesitant to take on the human rights of sex workers. The Red Umbrella Fund, the only international fund for and by sex workers, has partnered with the Free University in Amsterdam to better understand how other allied funders began supporting sex workers’ rights. Sixteen staff were interviewed at twelve foundations to analyse key aspects of these funder journeys.

We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People: The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice report ‘We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People’ highlights the state of the intersex movement and provides recommendations for funders and other actors interested in supporting it.

2016 Positive Peace Report: This report presents the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (EIP) latest research on the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies.

Foundation Maps: Media Impact Funders: Developed by Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center, this data visualisation application allows you to search grants-level data related to media content and platforms, telecommunications infrastructure, media applications and tools, media access and policy, and journalism, news, and information that foundations all over the world have supported from 2009 to present.

The Funders’ Collaboration on Leadership: bold moves in challenging times: Andrew Barnett, Director of the UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, argues that funders have often neglected to invest in developing the next generation of leaders. Read the blog to find about the Funders’ Collaboration on Leadership’s work to address the issue.

Three ways to improve your impact practice:  New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has produced three new tools they hope will help busy organisations improve their practice impact. The first tool, ‘Measuring Up!’, helps organisations understand impact practice and focus on what improvements are needed. There is also a tool for small organisations and another specifically for funders.

Funder Collaboration – Is it worth it? This report by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research distils learnings from The Child Sexual Exploitation Funders’ Alliance for other funders who might be interested in creating collaborations. Please share the report if you think others might be interested.


Jobs and Tenders

gdGlobal Dialogue – Director, Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society: Global Dialogue seeks a Director to lead a new international programme, the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), a global response by private philanthropy to the closing of civic space. The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society will facilitate a coordinated donor response to the increase in restrictions on civil society and limitations on cross-border philanthropy, encouraging donors to align their resources to create an enabling environment where civil society organisations thrive and cross-border grant-making can flourish. The initiative already brings together many private funders from around the world and we expect it to continue to grow in membership and influence. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 14th October 2016. See the Ariadne portal for full details and how to apply.

International Human Rights Funders Group – Programme Manager for Education and Convening: International Human Rights Funders Group is seeking a Programme Manager for Education and Convening to support its diverse membership to critically reflect on their grantmaking practice, incubate and pilot new ideas, and initiate new collaborations. Core responsibilities of this role will include designing and executing educational programming and developing relevant resources. Location: New York. Deadline for applications is 21st October 2016.

Foundation for a Just Society – Programme Officer, Francophone West Africa: Foundation for a Just Society is seeking a Programme Officer for Francophone West Africa. The successful candidate will serve as the key point of contact for organisations in Francophone West Africa (particularly Burkina Faso and Senegal) seeking funding, reviewing grant requests, managing a diverse portfolio of grants, evaluating regional grantmaking strategies, and managing an in-country Francophone West Africa regional consultant. The Programme Officer will contribute to the implementation of the organisation’s grantmaking, capacity building, strategic communications, evaluation and monitoring programmes. Location: New York. Deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.

Equality and Diversity Forum – Senior Policy and Parliamentary Advisor: The Equality and Diversity Forum, the national network of NGOs working across the equality and human rights spectrum in Britain, is seeking a Senior Policy and Parliamentary Advisor. The successful candidate will be an experienced policy and parliamentary advisor who has the intellectual rigour and creativity to help develop new ways of thinking about equality and human rights. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 26th September 2016.

The Asfari Foundation – Youth Empowerment Programme Manager: The Asfari Foundation is seeking a Youth Empowerment Programme Manager to manage and develop its education and employment-related grant-making partners that work with young people. The successful candidate would ensure that the current partner portfolio is managed carefully so that it delivers results, new partners, project ideas and strategies so that the Foundation’s funds are spent effectively, helping to create real change for young people in the Foundation’s target countries and ensure that the Foundation follows best practice in education and grant making. Location: New York. Deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Finance Manager & Research and Data Analyst: Paul Hamlyn Foundation is seeking a Finance Manager and Research and Data Analyst. The Finance Manager will support the Foundation’s recently introduced strategy and expanded operations; using their accountancy knowledge and experience to ensure the right control framework is in place and co-ordinating and contributing to key financial processes including producing annual accounts, setting budgets and producing reports for managers and trustees. The Research and Data Analyst will work with the Foundation’s Evidence and Learning function. The successful candidate will support and assist the development of the Foundation’s evaluation, research and analysis work, help the Foundation to use evaluation and research to learn more about the effectiveness of its work and to understand and improve its impact and work with grantees and other partners to support them in learning about and developing their work. Location: London. Deadline for applications is 4th October and 12th October 2016, respectively.


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


Public Meetings


October 17th – 23rd
Litigating for Social Change: Organised by the Law Centre (NI), Social Change Initiative and Atlantic Philanthropies the ‘Litigating for Social Change’ conference will bring together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics, and funders to reflect on the extent to which strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights.  With speakers from different geographic and legal settings the conference aims to explore: lessons learnt from the use of test case litigation to date, strategic litigation as a tool for promoting social justice and models and approaches to supporting strategic litigation. The event will take place between 19th – 21st October, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.



October 17th – 23rd
2016 Managing Disruption Innovation Lab: The 2016 Managing Disruption Innovation Lab seeks to help civil society organisations to establish skills that spot, embrace, and manage disruption. The conference will focus on: how disruptive change is affecting the civil society sector, a call to action for international civil society organisations to diversify, adapt and innovate their business models, establishing an organisational culture of change and a change agenda for ICSOs, challenging CSOs to raise their game and “act big” rather than trying to protect their status quo. Participants will explore causes of disruption and develop strategies and tools to prepare their organisation for disruption and manage transformative change. The event will take place between October 18th – 19th, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.



October 17th – 23rd
Bristol: Increasing Philanthropic Giving – A Missed Business Opportunity for Professional Advisers: At this event Philanthropy Impact will present its research mapping the level of philanthropy advice amongst professional advisers in the UK and a survey of HNW and UHNW individual giving patterns. By increasing the number of professional advisers who give philanthropic advice Philanthropy Impact believes philanthropic giving could increase exponentially. At the event the expert panel will explore: how to start the conversation on philanthropy with clients, the business opportunity for advisers, risk and rewards on talking about philanthropy with clients; how we can develop a culture of giving and implications and opportunities of the results of the market research for advisers, philanthropists and charities. The event will take place on 18th October, 2016 in Bristol, United Kingdom.



September 26th – 2nd October
Ukraine Reforms: Roadmap for Success: The Ukrainian civil platform “Reanimation Package of Reforms” (RPR), the Institute of World Policy (IWP), the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) and the Ukraine Think Tank Liaison Office invite you to a panel discussion on Ukraine Reforms: Roadmap for Success. Civil society plays an active role in shaping the reform agenda in Ukraine. In October 2014, civil society proposed a comprehensive roadmap of reforms to be implemented by the government, national and international stakeholders. Almost two years have passed, and despite some major accomplishments, much more remains to be done in reforming Ukraine. Taking into account the successes and failures detected so far RPR experts have developed proposals to update the Roadmap of Reforms for 2016-2017. These proposals will be presented during the event, followed by a focused discussion of the justice sector reform in Ukraine. The event will take place on September 26th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.


September 26th – 2nd October
A new chapter for ‘Project Europe’: Whilst certainly not the end of “Project Europe,” the UK’s decision to leave the EU has dealt a hard blow to Europe-advocates across the board. But Brexit is just the last event in a series of challenges of the past years – economic, financial, migratory – which have tested solidarity among European Member States and citizens’ trust in the EU. With populist, anti-European forces gaining traction across Europe, how can we find a fresh approach to successfully promoting the European idea? Many have called to use this pivotal moment in Europe’s history for reform and renewal to make the EU fit for purpose again. But what would such a reform and reorganisation look like in practice? How would it be implemented? How could citizens be involved in an effective manner? Following Commission President Juncker’s State of the Union Address and the European leaders’ Bratislava Summit on the future of the EU, join this lunchtime discussion with Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament. Organised by Freidrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe Party. Register by 26th September, 2016. The event will take place on September 27th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.


September 26th – 2nd October
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum: How to implement the EU Global Strategy: Conflict prevention and peacebuilding are at the heart of the EU’s external action. Both the Lisbon Treaty and the new Global Strategy attribute special responsibilities and aims to the EU to promote and preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security. However, looking at the security map of the Union’s outer periphery and further afield, the challenges are immense, at a time when internal political cohesion seems weak. How can the EU as a collective make good on the lofty goals that the main legal and policy frameworks ascribe to it? The event will take place on September 29th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.


October 10th-16th
Official launch of the EU regional Social Progress Index: Measuring what matters to countries, regions and communities, for government, business and society: The Social Progress Imperative will launch the EU regional Social Progress Index, a three-year collaborative project carried out by the Social Progress Imperative, Orkestra and the Directorate -General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission. The index aims to measure the social progress level for 272 European regions to complement traditional measures of economic progress based on GDP, income and employment. This EU Regional SPI will inform the development of a network of European Regions sharing knowledge on social progress drivers and expertise on socially-innovative policies. Register here, the workshop code is 11A44. The event will take place on October 11th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.



September 26th – 2nd October
Public Launch: Detention Action’s New Report on Alternatives to Detention: The UK approach to immigration detention is unique – it detains more migrants than any other country in Europe and is alone in detaining them indefinitely, without time-limit. Last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry on Detention concluded the detention estate was ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust.’ This event features the launch of a new Detention Action report – ‘Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives’ – which systematically analyses the opportunities for alternatives to contribute to the UK’s process of detention reform, based on the framework of international good practice. Its aim is to start a wider conversation amongst civil society and key stakeholders about the scope for alternatives to bring about lasting change. Are there opportunities for civil society to take the initiative developing alternatives given the failure of states in the region to develop good practice? What has been the experience of other European civil society organisations’ developing alternatives in equally challenging national contexts? What is the right model in a UK context? The event will take place on September 26th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.


October 17th – 23rd
Early Action Neighbourhood Fund – Learning from its first year: Organised by The Early Action Funders Alliance (EAFA), and joined by representatives of the Coventry Law Centre, this meeting will explore learning from the first year of the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund. The Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, working together on the pilot Early Action Neighbourhood Fund (EANF), committed up to £5.3m of funding for three early action projects in Coventry, Norwich and Hartlepool. The EANF aims to reduce future demand for public services (e.g. children’s services, mental health and housing support) by providing innovative models of intensive preventative support right now. The three funded projects are partnerships led by local voluntary sector organisations, working with statutory agencies, to develop and implement preventative initiatives in family support, young people’s wellbeing and legal advice. This EAFA event will look at the progress made during the first evaluated year of these funded projects. The event will take place on October 18th, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.


October 17th – 23rd   
Reclaiming Family Values: Many diverse forms of families exist in Europe today, and yet only some of them benefit from rights from the state’s protection and from social recognition. Families that challenge gender norms and expectations suffer from weaker or non-existent state recognition and protection, stigma, and discrimination. These families include families headed by a lone parent, families that include lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex parents and/or children, childless or unmarried couples, families headed by grandparents or non-kin and families with male primary caregivers. ‘Reclaiming Family Values,’ convened by the Open Society Initiative for Europe, will seek to build a shared vision for genuine family equality. It will gather civil society organisations and donors working on family equality, mostly with a focus on families that include LGBTI people. It will also include stakeholders from connected movements to encourage synergies and mutual support. Register by September 23rd, 2016. The event will take place between October 16th and 18th, 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus.


October 17th – 23rd
ILGA-Europe Annual Conference: This year ILGA-Europe celebrates its 20th anniversary. Looking back over the past two decades it is undeniable that the LGBTI movement has come a long way, and so the theme of the 2016 annual conference is: ‘Power to the People – Celebrating 20 Years of the Strength Within.’ It will be a space to recognise the movement’s successes and discuss how they can continue to be built upon. It will also be a unique moment to honour those activists who led the way 20 years ago or even before that, the advocates who grew up to find their voice in the movement since 1996 and to invigorate the LGBTI leaders of the future. In 2016, participants will celebrate those who have been the architects of so much of what is good in Europe, and inspire people to carry the work into the future. The event will take place between October 19th – 22nd, 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus.



October 10th – 16th
Find and Support Local Peacebuilders: Resources from Peace Direct: Peace Direct currently partners directly with local organisations in nine different countries and connects with hundreds more through its Research and Engagement programme. During this webinar Peace Direct, an international organisation with more than a decade’s experience funding and supporting local peacebuilders around the world, will share some of its resources and how to support successful engagement and funding in conflict zones to create social change. This webinar will introduce: Insight on Conflict, the peace and conflict mapping project,  Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, the global awards for local peacebuilders and Peace Direct’s work convening local organisations through a series of ‘Peace Exchanges’. The speakers will be Ruairi Nolan, Head of Research and Engagement at Peace Direct, and Kevin McCann, Research and Engagement Officer at Peace Direct. The event will take place online on October 12th, 2016.



October 31st  – November 6th
12th EVPA Annual Conference: Are you interested in building sustainable non-profits and social enterprises? Are you curious about cross-border philanthropy and investment, scalable societal impact or green bonds? Would you like to work with government or corporations to find effective solutions to persistent societal problems? If so, you might be interested in attending the 12th EVPA Annual Conference – ‘Europe’s Conference on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investing.’ Themed ‘Moving beyond Boundaries,’ the event will be a platform to think about how to build and grow the European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector, but also to learn about the latest in innovative financing models, impact measurement and capacity building. The event will take place between November 3rd and 4th, 2016 in Paris, France.



October 24th – 30th  
Rien Van Gendt Lecture: Fund 1818 invites you to its first Rien van Gendt lecture, to be held every two years in honour of his role in highlighting the national and international philanthropic sector. The focus of the lecture will be ‘Funds and Society: Sliding Panels’ – the rapidly changing role of philanthropy and in particular the capital funds in a society where the government withdraws in many relevant areas. The event will take place on 27th October, 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands.



February 20th – 26th
Zero Project Conference: Save the date for the Zero Project Conference 2017 on Employment, Work, and Vocational Education and Training: Innovative Policies and Practices for Persons with Disabilities. This sixth Zero Project Conference hopes to gather 500 decision makers and opinion leaders worldwide; highlight more than 50 innovative policies and innovative practices concerning employment, work and vocational education and training from around the world; and involve leading experts in the discussion of the most relevant solutions for the implementation of the UN CRPD. The event will take place between February 22nd and 24th, 2017 in Vienna, Austria.



December 5th – 11th
2016 AIDS Philanthropy Summit: December 2016 will see FCAA’s 8th Annual AIDS Philanthropy Summit. FCAA will release its signature publication ‘Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2015’, the only resource of its kind reporting on who is funding what, where, and how within the HIV landscape. Gathering just weeks after the 2016 US election, participants will also explore how the result will impact their work going forward. Resulting from a collaboration between ABFE (A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities), Grantmakers in Health, Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the International Human Rights Funders Group, day two of the Summit will focus on intersectional approaches to building health equity, featuring U.S. and international content. The challenges of overcoming disparities and building true health are too big a challenge for any funder, or even any funders’ network to face alone. True progress will require concerted efforts, bringing funders and their networks out of their silos. The event will take place between December 5th and 6th, 2016 in Washington, The United States of America.



November 7th – 13th
Networking European Citizenship Education Conference 2016: Against the backdrop of a global refugee crisis deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016 will focus on two areas. Firstly, the European response to the issue of migration, including the divisions within and between European societies. And secondly, how citizenship education should react to the polarised debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity which have been triggered by the new wave of migration since summer 2015. In order to successfully intervene in this polarised conversation NECE 2016 will address three questions of fundamental relevance for citizenship educators: How can societies learn to live with uncertainties in an age of hybrid identities caused by migration and a “world without borders”?; What kind of competencies, tools and/or projects do we need to deal with fears about migration and the future of the “West”?; And against the background of the current crises: What is our vision of Europe, its values and its future? The NECE 2016 conference is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the ERSTE Foundation. The event will take place between 10th and 12th November, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, McArthur 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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