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Thursday
Jun152017

Community philanthropy's 'burning issues'

Supporting environmental activists in Mexico who face a climate of violence and insecurity. Exploring the use of shared spaces in Northern Ireland to address disadvantage and division, particularly across religious affiliation. Equipping and encouraging youth groups in Kosovo to become more active and positive contributors to their communities. These were some of the topics raised in response to the Global Fund for Community Foundations’ (GFCF) call for proposals for ‘Burning Issues’ grants in early 2016. Despite the enormous range of issues being addressed by community philanthropy around the world and the organizational differences among the 13 eventual recipients, there are strong similarities across the cohort.

Author: Wendy Richardson, GFCF

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016

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Thursday
Jun152017

The rise of community philanthropy 

In this special feature on community philanthropy, the authors propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’. This involves shifting power closer to the ground, giving agency to local people and their organizations on the principle that they should have greater control of their own destinies. The growing field of community philanthropy has much to contribute towards such a paradigm shift because it marks a distinct break with many of the conventions – and resulting distortions – of mainstream development. The ‘three-legged stool’ of community philanthropy combines asset development, capacity building and the strengthening of trust between multiple local and external stakeholders. Durable development follows John Ruskin’s maxim – ‘when we build, let us think we build forever’.

Authors: Jenny Hodgson & Barry Knight, GFCF

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016 

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Thursday
Jun152017

Funders: use your power to shift the power 

The international development landscape is shifting rapidly. In many ways, we’re witnessing the end of the ‘development-industrial complex’ that has dominated the sector for the last two decades. The days of rich northern countries delivering large amounts of official development assistance (ODA) to poor countries in the global south, often via massive northern-based international NGOs, are numbered. A variety of complex and connected factors are driving this shift: radical global socio-economic changes and the emergence of a new, universal, sustainable development agenda, to name but two. The question now is what kind of new development model are we constructing in its place?

Author: Danny Sriskandarajah, CIVICUS 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016 

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Thursday
Jun152017

It begins and ends with trust 

If you want community philanthropy to work, you have to start with trust. Yet many of the elements in funders’ relationship with grantees – evaluations and reporting requirements – are based on scepticism. They have become deep expressions of doubt and mistrust. Granted, it’s not easy to create trust. The history of global development is littered with failure and misunderstanding, and we are all carrying assumptions from our past, even if we’re not aware of it. So how can we build trust? Here are steps to help you as you embark on supporting community philanthropy.

Author: Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016 

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Thursday
Jun152017

Using the power of philanthropy in the public interest in Kenya 

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, is not overpopulated. It is just over-concentrated and deeply inequitable. At the same time, it is home to innovation, young industry, a growing internal consumer market and a middle class with disposable incomes. New opportunities for philanthropy exist in these new conditions.

Authors: Constant Cap & Irungu Houghton, Kilimani Project Foundation 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016

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Thursday
Jun152017

Where the horizontal meets the vertical 

From 1997 to 2010, Kenya enjoyed a significant share of foreign aid with many organizations depending entirely on it for their operation. Following the recession and the subsequent reclassification of Kenya as a low- to middle-income country, aid flows have fallen off. Through these changes, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and similar groups have persisted in promoting a model that seeks to entrench local giving and to support this horizontal form of philanthropy by using the funds it raises to catalyse funding from external sources.

Authors: Caesar Ngule & Janet Mawiyoo, Kenya Community Development Foundation 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016 

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