Ariadne’s Thread – September 2018

Ariadne’s Thread – September 2018
September 21, 2018 Lori Stanciu

September 2018

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


Ariadne News & Events

NEW STAFF MEMBER: We are delighted to welcome Florent Gonthier, Programme and Events Assistant, to the team! Florent, who is based in London, joins us from the Royal Academy of Dance’s membership department and secondary school programme ‘Step into Dance.’ He looks forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming Grant Skills Day.

REGISTER NOW – WEBINAR – GRANTEE DATA: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR BALANCING TRANSPARENCY AND SECURITY: Why do funders share data, how do they share it, and what are the challenges they face in doing so responsibly? How can donors be transparent about their work while ensuring the security of grantees? Ariadne, 360Giving, and The Engine Room, with funding from Digital Impact, have been exploring these questions through interviews and surveys with funders. Sharing Data Responsibly: A Conversation Guide for Funders, a new report written by The Engine Room, offers advice to donors on working through these issues with grantees. Please join us for an online discussion with Tom Walker, Research Manager at The Engine Room and one of the authors of the report, and Andrea Rocca, Deputy Director of Front Line Defenders, about this new guide and the issues that it raises. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at 12.30 BST. To register, please click here. Click here for a recent blog on the project.

JETZT ANMELDEN – SITUATION ROOM: WAS BEDEUTET UNS IN EUROPA DIE OFFENE GESELLSCHAFT? Eine Gemeinschafts-Veranstaltung des Ariadne-Netzwerks, dem Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), dem Think Tank d|part und der Maecenata Stiftung am Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2018 um 16.00 – 18.00 Uhr mit anschließendem Empfang in den Räumen der Maecenata Stiftung in Berlin. Das Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) und d|part haben im Januar 2018 über 6000 Europäerinnen und Europäer zu ihrer Einstellung zur offenen Gesellschaft befragt. Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zur Vorstellung der Ergebnisse des Situation Rooms sowie zu einer Diskussion darüber, was diese Ergebnisse für die Stiftungsarbeit in Deutschland bedeuten. Zur Anmeldung.

REGISTER NOW – AUTUMN LUNCH – ARIADNE & ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDERS NETWORK: HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Ariadne and Environmental Funders Network will hold an autumn lunch on human rights and the environment. Join us to hear from Marcos Orellana, Director of the Environment and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch and Jonathan Watts, Global Environment Editor for the Guardian. The event will take place on Thursday 11th October at 12.00 BST in London, United Kingdom. To register, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: CLIMATE & INNOVATION: A DIALOGUE: You are invited to join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring how funders understand the much-used term “innovation”. Ariadne is the co-sponsor of this webinar, alongside Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Human Rights Funders Network, Confluence Philanthropy, the Center for Story-Based Strategy, JusticeFunders, and the Whitman Institute. Novel and creative ideas are needed to tackle the greatest challenge that has faced humanity – climate change. Yet there is significant disagreement about what constitutes innovation, and where that innovation is coming from. In this online conversation, we will unpack how funders understand innovation and what that means for those who receive funding. The session will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 24th October at 20:00 BST/21:00 CEST. To register, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE – 2019 ARIADNE POLICY BRIEFING: Ariadne is pleased to announce that the 2019 Ariadne Policy Briefing will be held Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th April 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Individuals from The Social Change Initiative, Fondazione con il Sud, The Baring Foundation, Calala Women’s Fund, SOLIDARNA – Foundation for Human Rights and Solidarity, and Adessium will join this year’s planning committee. More details will follow on the portal soon.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: An hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 16th October 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 click here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

*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

The Global State of LGBTIQ Organising: The Right to Register: As a result of the shrinking space for civil society it has become increasingly difficult for community-based organisations to operate. It is important to analyse how LGBTIQ organisations are specifically impacted. LGBTIQ movements globally are relatively young, and so many organisations have had little time to institutionalise. Are LGBTIQ organisations at heightened risk in the current environment, and what can be done to safeguard these young movements? This report seeks to answer these questions and determine the possibility of legal registration for LGBTIQ organisations globally. OutRight’s research finds that legal registration for LGBTIQ organisations is severely restricted globally and the result is that LGBTIQ human rights defenders work with fewer resources and face more danger.

Britons split on whether human rights abuse in the UK is a problem: A new global Ipsos poll conducted in 28 countries finds that only four in ten (43%) people globally agree that everyone in their country enjoys the same basic human rights, casting doubt over how universal human rights are in reality – even in some of the most developed countries. Britons are in line with the global average; 41% think everyone in Britain enjoys the same basic human rights whereas 35% disagree.

Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders: Produced by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the International Service for Human Rights, this guidance encourages companies to act in support of civic freedoms and human rights defenders. Based on 90 interviews and 12 ‘spotlights’ it explains the normative framework, the business case & the moral choice when shared civil society space is under pressure, threat or attack. A report and executive summary are available.

Protecting migrant workers from exploitation in the EU: boosting workplace inspections: Severe labour exploitation is widespread across the European Union. While workplace inspections can help counter this phenomenon, they need to be strengthened to do so effectively. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with almost 240 exploited workers active in diverse economic sectors, this report provides important evidence on how unscrupulous employers manipulate and undermine inspections, and on what can be done to counteract such efforts.

Hard Questions With No Easy Answers: Justice is central to MacArthur’s mission. But, in a new Perspectives piece, MacArthur President Julia Stasch considers the difficult question: Is justice even possible? “The answer has to be yes, but it is certainly not inevitable, maybe not even probable. So, together, we need to increase the odds,” she writes.

Shaping a Transitional Justice Strategy for Armenia: A Conversation with Anna Myriam Roccatello and Ruben Carranza: Following the massive acts of civil disobedience that eventually led to the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and the election of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, ICTJ’s Program Director Anna Myriam Roccatello and Senior Transitional Justice Expert Ruben Carranza travelled to Yerevan to meet with civil society organisations, human rights and anti-corruption activists, and key government officials, to join them in exploring strategies for change. You can read their thoughts in this article.

The local living wage dividend: An analysis of the impact of the Living Wage on ten city regions:  A new report shows that a pay rise to the real Living Wage for just a quarter of those paid below it, and living within the UK’s ten major city regions, would mean an average annual pay rise of over £1,700 for half a million people. The report also finds that through an increase in worker productivity and consumer spending, an increase in Living Wage jobs could boost local economies by millions.

The Integration Compact: a strategy for maximising the benefits of immigration: The way the UK approaches immigration needs a rethink. Last year, IPPR made the case for an immigration strategy that focused on how to reform immigration rules and policies with the purpose of addressing the structural problems affecting the UK economy. In this paper, IPPR focuses on how the complementary integration strategy is needed to ensure that the UK economy benefits as fully as possible from immigration. Their starting point is that the UK needs an integration strategy which aims to maximise the contribution of all migrants.

Making EU citizens’ rights a reality: national courts enforcing freedom of movement and related rights: The founding treaties, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and secondary EU law all provide for EU citizens’ freedom to move and reside freely in any EU country of their choice. Growing numbers of citizens, and their family members, are making use of this freedom and related rights, such as the right not to be discriminated against based on nationality and the right to vote in certain elections in the host Member State. But making these rights a reality remains a challenge. This report presents an EU-wide, comparative overview of the application of the Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC) across the 28 Member States based on a review of select case law at national level.

The Situation Room: The Situation Room is a research project by OSEPI and d|part exploring trends in openness and closure of society in France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Italy and Greece. Together with CILD, Dianeosis, IPA, Political Capital, and other think-tanks, the Situation Room publishes regular policy analysis. Its research is underpinned by a public opinion survey and elite interviews in each country to understand the drivers behind changing discourse on the open society.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

Flickr – Public Domain

BLOG: New human rights principles on artificial intelligence: One of the most significant risks with machine learning is the danger of amplifying existing bias and discrimination against certain groups. A new set of principles – the Toronto Declaration – aims to put human rights front and centre in the development and application of machine learning technologies. This blog looks at the Declaration itself, and why it’s needed.

BLOG: Mitigating unfair bias in artificial intelligence: This blog from Microsoft argues that, instead of choosing between humans-only systems and AI systems, leveraging the best of human values and ability as well as artificial intelligence promises greater progress in fairness, transparency, and accountability.

BLOG: Deal or no deal, Brexit is bad news for women: This blog is from Equality and Diversity Forum’s Gendering Brexit blog series. In it, Dr Sara Reis of the Women’s Budget Group looks at the economic impact of Brexit on women.

INFOGRAPHIC: Networks and Relationships: This infographic from GrantCraft illustrates why and how to network and build relationships.

BLOG: UK child trafficking cases more than double over last year: Child trafficking cases reported to UK authorities have increased by 66 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group. This blog looks at Anti-Slavery International’s claims that, although there have been new trafficking laws, their implementation is inconsistent. The charity condemns the UK’s treatment of child trafficking cases.

ARTICLE: High ice and hard truth: The poets taking on climate change: Greenland poet Aka Niviana’s way of life is disappearing as her country thaws, while the subsequent meltwater threatens Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and her fellow Marshall Islanders thousands of miles away. Their joint trip to the melting glaciers inspired a climate call to arms, documented in this article from The Guardian.

BLOG: Rethinking the notion of a human rights crisis: The frame of constant crisis has negative implications for human rights, especially when questions of legitimacy arise. But hope – based on empirical evidence of human rights progress – should give advocates the motivation to keep working. This blog from OpenGlobalRights offers some tentative optimism.

BLOG: A good name in the public sphere: reframing human rights: This blog from Equality and Diversity Forum looks at the need to show how human rights benefit and empower us all, as individuals and communities.

VIDEO: Is the human rights movement in crisis? Can human rights flourish in conditions of increasing economic disenfranchisement, and is the human rights movement equipped with the proper tools to address structural inequality? In this video, Samuel Moyn and Aryeh Neier tackle these thorny questions and more – a powerful discussion about the past and future direction of the human rights movement.

VIDEO: Agony of Parents’ Separation from Children by US Officials: In this video, released 5th September, Human Rights Watch reveal that more than five weeks after a court-ordered deadline to reunify them, hundreds of children remain detained in the United States and separated from their parents. About 360 of these still-separated parents were deported alone without the children with whom they travelled to the US.

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


Atlantic Insights – Strategic Litigation: This book showcases how Atlantic grantees around the world used strategic litigation to advance human rights and equality both in the courts of law and public opinion. It offers six case studies on lawsuits, to include a lawsuit to expand integrated schools in Northern Ireland, and a lawsuit to reform discriminatory policing practices in New York City.

At the heart of advancing human rights: A decade ago, Global Dialogue was formed to promote innovation in human rights funding and practice.  In this article for Alliance Magazine, Global Dialogue Executive Director, Esther Hughes, and Chair of Trustees, Debbie Pippard, reflect on the progress it has made.

Revitalising inactive trusts: In this article, CEO of The London Community Foundation, Kate Markey, writes about how The Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission are working with UK Community Foundations to transfer up to £20 million of inactive trusts to Community Foundations to invest into local communities. It is expected that this will provide an extra £1 million in grant funding to local community and voluntary groups every year.

From violence to a place of power – donor and funder convening on movement building to end sexual violence:From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence’ was convened on 10th July 2018 by NoVo Foundation, Oak Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Ariadne, and facilitated by Jude Kelly, to explore how philanthropy can radically increase its support for the movement to end violence against all girls and women. Click here for notes, video, photographs and more.

Five reasons to fund women and the environment: Global Greengrants supports over 300 women-led projects per year to protect the planet, making them one of the top organisations in the world supporting women’s environmental-action initiatives. In this blog they share five reasons to fund women and the environment.

The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations, 2011-2015: This report  represents the latest in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and Council on Foundations to regularly analyse the data and trends on international grantmaking by U.S. foundations.

Professional advisers: How to take advantage of an emerging commercial opportunity by providing philanthropy advice: Women will inherit more than 70% of the money passed down and millennials are becoming the recipients of intergenerational transfer of wealth. The shifts in needs produces a new opportunity for professional advisory firms to add new skills and services to their offering. This handbook from Philanthropy Impact allows professional advisers to take advantage of these compelling opportunities. The executive summary can be downloaded for free.

What difference do philanthropy support organisations make? Assessing the impact of Philanthropic Support Organisations is complex because much of the support is not always tangible as it often relates to processes and relationships. Positive results also often appear in the long term and cannot be directly attributed to one single actor or initiative. As a result, much of this invisible work is undervalued and the field lacks references to improve its own impact. WINGS started gathering concrete examples of achievements from the field. This report provides a synthesis of eight impact stories shared by WINGS members which illustrate the diversity and importance of their contribution to the development of philanthropy.

Where are all the lived-experience leaders in grant making? It may not come as a surprise to hear that the foundation sector needs to diversify. For those of us working in and around the sector, words such as ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ are buzzwords that have been passed around for some time now, but what has truly changed? In this blog, Selina Nwulu, senior consultant at Ten Years’ Time, introduces ‘2027’ – a new coalition which has been launched to support talented frontline workers from working class communities into decision-making roles in trusts and foundations.

Muslim philanthropy at the crossroads: In this article for Alliance Magazine, Tariq Cheema, founder of the World Congress of Muslin Philanthropists, writes how the successful melding of new models of giving with practices embedded in Islamic tradition has the potential to reap rewards for society on a global scale. The September 2018 issue of Alliance focuses on unlocking the huge untapped potential of Muslim giving.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 18th October. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 16th October if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

Funding Officers – Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund is recruiting for several funding officer roles in Manchester and Norfolk, England and Cardiff or North Wales, Wales. Funding Officers are responsible for Big Lottery Fund’s grant-making activity in a geographical area, including pre-application support, assessment, grant management and gathering and sharing learning. The successful candidate will ensure that the organisation’s funding responds to the local context. Location: Manchester and Norfolk, England and Cardiff or North Wales, Wales. Deadlines for applications vary.

Grant-Making Policy Officer – Open Society Foundations: OSF is seeking a Grant Making Policy Officer to join its Grant Making Support Group (GMSG). The GMSG works at the heart of OSF, helping build a grant making culture in line with open society values of pluralism, fallibility and flexibility. The successful candidate will lead aspects of GMSG’s work on designing, implementing and assessing grant making policies, processes and systems. They will be working with colleagues across the Foundations, in programmes and operational units, playing a key role to improve and streamline OSF’s grant making efforts. Location: London, UK or New York, United States of America. Deadline for applications is 23rd September 2018.

Independent Chair: Influencing Migration Policy and Practice in Birmingham and the Black Country – Barrow Cadbury Trust & Paul Hamlyn Foundation: The Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are seeking an independent Chair for a new initiative on influencing migration policy and practice in Birmingham and the Black Country. This new co-ordination mechanism for voluntary sector organisations has been developed to address the following needs in relation to influencing and communications work on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: the need for greater co-operation and co-ordination in the sector; the need for assistance with communications, messaging and influencing; and the need for a clear, shared vision as well as better data for the region in order to influence more effectively. Deadline for applications is 30th September 2018.

Research Consultancy – Closing Space for Environmental Protection: FICS and Global Greengrants Fund are advertising a research consultancy to explore the impact of the closing space for civil society on environmental funding. The preferred consultant will have a background in environmental issues, and a deep knowledge and networks in the environmental funding sector. They will have a track record of conducting similar research aimed at a funder audience, and a proven ability to write in an accessible and practical style. Ideally, they will have researched and written on the closing space for civil society or be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the issues. Deadline for applications is 7th October 2018.

Trustee – Trust for London: Trust for London is seeking a committed, high calibre Trustee. The Trust would like a senior lawyer on its Board, ideally with charity law and/or property law expertise but would also welcome other skills. They also hope to hear from applicants with lived experience of poverty and the type of work that they fund. The appointment is expected to be for five years with the possibility of renewal, and is unremunerated but reasonable expenses are reimbursed. Trust for London is keen to improve their diversity profile and would be pleased to hear from women, BAME and disabled candidates. Location: London, United Kingdom. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Programme Administrative Specialist (Public Health Programme) – OSF: The OSF Public Health Programme is seeking a Programme Administrative Specialist, based in their newly-opened Berlin office, to provide advanced administrative and operational support for grant making activities of two PHP divisions: Media and Narratives and Health, Law and Equality. Location: Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications is 22nd September 2018.

Associate Director, Civil and Political Rights – AJWS: AJWS seeks a social change strategist, experienced grantmaker, and an exceptionally talented manager and staff developer to help lead one of its four thematic areas, civil and political rights. The successful candidate will be responsible for supervising up to seven staff members; building and monitoring the CPR budget; managing requests and internal deadlines for other departments; and developing and implementing a learning, research and evaluation agenda for the team’s work to help advance the team’s field leadership. Location: New York, United States of America. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

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


Public Meetings

November 11th – 17th
PILnet Global Forum: The PILnet Global Forum will focus on how its global network can reclaim law as a force for good and find ways to collaborate in making law work for all. Bringing together expertise and networks from around the world, the 2018 Forum will give innovation a global stage. It will connect leading activists, academics, pro bono professionals and public interest law champions and provide them with opportunities to share the most effective techniques and skills of the legal profession – all in benefit of the public interest. The event will take place between 12th and 14th November 2018 in Berlin, Germany.


October 7th – 13th
What Young People Bring to Philanthropy:Many observers point out that philanthropy is in transition. In particular, that the arrival of a new generation of young actors will be fundamentally transforming philanthropic practices. Who are these young citizens? Why and how do they engage? Will these new forms of engagement transform philanthropy? The event will take place in French on 8th October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

October 21st – 27th
2018 ILGA-Europe Annual Conference: The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Politics for Change: From Words into Action.’ The conference is an agenda-setting moment for European LGBTI movements, which connects activists and enablers of change, builds ILGA-Europe’s diversity, and provides a space for participants to get inspired and empowered. The event will take place between 24th and 28th October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.


October 14th – 20th
Grantmakers East Forum 2018: The theme of the 23rd annual Grantmakers East Forum is ‘Reframing Civil Society: Actors, Values, Tools.’ The conference, hosted by Central European University, will explore the role of foundations in confronting the new threats and challenges to civil society in Europe as well as explore innovative approaches to fostering social cohesion. The event will take place between 15th and 17th October in Budapest, Hungary.

November 4th – 10th
Investigative Journalism Workshop: Follow the money, follow the bank, follow the proxy. A workshop on how to track down and expose organised crime and corruption across borders and databases. How do criminals think, how do they grow their influence and where do they hide their ill-gotten gains? OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project) investigative journalists will share data, tools and skills to stop corrupt politicians from conducting business as usual. A practical experience where participants will receive datasets and will team up to investigate beyond frontiers. The event will take place between 7th and 9th November 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.


September 23rd – 29th
Gender equality: why is it so difficult to achieve? Since its adoption by feminists in the 1970s, the term gender has become widely used to refer to inequalities between women and men. It has also become the target of conservatives who find it a dangerously radical re-visioning of the meanings of the differences of sex. The talk will explore the many uses of the term and assess its enduring impact. The event will take place on 25th September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The lecture will also be streamed online.


October 14th – 20th
EFC Research Forum Conference 2018: Thinking Beyond National Borders – Researching and Funding Across Boundaries: This year’s EFC Research Forum Conference will explore international collaborations within the philanthropic sector and beyond, with perspectives from researchers and funders alike. Conference participants will explore the role of philanthropy in enabling more effective partnerships, pinpointing the added value of international collaboration, and debating what needs to change to allow collaborative research to thrive. The event will take place between 17th and 18th October 2018 in Hanover, Germany.


September 30th – October 6th
The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Wellbeing: Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson are Professor and emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of York, where Kate is also University Champion of Equality and Social Justice. At this meeting, they will focus on the psychological effects of inequality, on how larger income differences increase feelings of dominance and subordination, and the consequences for mental illness. The event will take place on 3rd October 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

October 7th – 13th
Beyond Diversity: Are Inclusive Organisations Truly Attainable? Scholars and practitioners have highlighted how diversity of identities, cultures and experiences within workforces can be of benefit to organisations. Yet, the meaning and design of inclusive organisations remains elusory. Drawing upon her research and experiences working with organisations, Quinetta Roberson will offer a new lens through which to view diversity. She will challenge participants to define, ideate and create environments that value differences and offer open systems of opportunity and access to all workers. The event will take place on 9th October 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

October 21st – 27th
Alliance Breakfast Club: Muslim Philanthropy: Despite Muslims comprising 23 per cent of the world’s population and donating an estimated $1 trillion each year, surprisingly little is known about Muslim philanthropy. Drawing on the new issue of Alliance magazine, this event will bring together members of the Muslim community and philanthropy practitioners to explore: what can be done to increase the impact and accountability of Muslim giving? The event will take place on 24th October 2018 in London, United Kingdom. RSVP


December 2nd – 8th
2018 Corporate Philanthropy Conference: This event will equip participants with new strategies, ideas, data and tools to refresh existing social impact and stakeholder engagement programmes. Starting from the inside out, leading practitioners will delve into growing employee expectations, which require collaboration between corporate citizenship, HR and communications teams. Participants will join innovators and peers from the front lines to gain new insights for handling a whole range of issues. From discussions on #MeToo and #NeverAgain to immigration and diversity, this event will provide best practices, case studies, and practical tools for the uncertain, high-stakes road ahead. The event will take place between 4th and 5th December 2018.


September 23rd – 29th
Towards a New Ecology for the Human Rights Movement: Lessons from Ford Foundation’s Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide Global Initiative: What does it mean to fund human rights in a globalised world? Over half of all funding goes to rights related work in North America and Western Europe including funding to address human rights abuses in the Global South. During this webinar, Martín Abregú, Vice President of Democracy, Justice, and Free Expression at Ford Foundation, and evaluator Barbara Klugman will share insights from a comprehensive learning review aimed at identifying how funders can best support Southern organisations and networks to influence the global human rights movement. Join the Human Rights Funders Network for a lively and provocative conversation as they utilise Ford Foundation’s Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide initiative learning review to frame difficult and evolving contexts. Participants will be encouraged to share their perspectives on how the funding community can best support Global South-led agendas. The webinar will take place online on 26th September 2018.


October 7th – 13th
2018 IFIP Global Indigenous Funders Conference: International Funders for Indigenous Peoples invite you to attend their global indigenous funders conference, on the theme of: Bolstering Effective Indigenous Philanthropy – Supporting Indigenous Solutions and Partnerships for Long Term Change. Other conference events include a pre-conference workshop on indigenous-led funds, a workshop on total portfolio action with an indigenous lens, and a funders retreat. The event will take place between 7th and 10th October in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


September 23rd – 29th
The End of the Mediterranean Route: Up to now more than 1,500 people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018 while trying to reach Europe. In general politicians, aid agencies and scientists agree that the Mediterranean route, by which migrants from North African countries try to reach Europe, should end. They only disagree about the right solution. During this programme, participants will discuss this topic with experts by experience, policy makers, activists and international law experts. The event is looking for the most humane way to end the Mediterranean Sea route. A way that can also work for Europe. The event will take place on 23rd September 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

October 14th – 20th
Fake News: What Can We Learn from European Countries? Questions of fake news affect countries all over Europe. Some European countries have developed more extensive policies on these matters than others. During this Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable, experts from European countries will shed a light on this topic. What can European countries learn from each other in dealing with this challenge? The event will take place on 18th October 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.


November 25th – December 1st
EVPA Annual Conference: EVPA invites you to attend its 14th Annual Conference ‘New Frontiers for Impact’ in Warsaw, Poland. Currently, only 2% of venture philanthropy investments are allocated to CEE, while 67% go to Western Europe. Social entrepreneurs face difficulties in accessing patient early stage capital that does not demand high financial returns. By organising this event in Central Eastern Europe, EVPA hopes to build a different message around the region, to increase resources and bring new actors into the sector. The event will take place between 29th and 30th November 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

Ariadne is supported by the American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, Digital Impact and Adessium Foundation.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants