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Attracting local donors can pay big dividends -- more than just financial ones -- and it's not just about wealthy donors, eitherThe Merti Integrated Development Programme is based in Isiolo, a town in northern Kenya on the road to the Ethiopian border. Since its founding in 2000, Merti has supported over 300 adolescent girls to complete their education. This has opened up new possibilities for marginalised girls whose opportunities have traditionally been very limited.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1
The potential advantages of far-reaching collaboration underpinned AVPN's conference in Singapore. But it is a virtue more often preached than practised.Underlying all the themes at the recent AVPN conference in Singapore was the idea of partnership and collaboration. It was almost a leitmotif of the whole proceedings and was present by implication in the conference's overall aim – breaking the boundaries between social and more mainstream finance and encouraging cooperation along what AVPN calls the continuum of capital in pursuit of social goals. What the conference also showed, however, is that collaboration is a virtue more often preached than practised. Yet, the advantages appear self-evident – greater concentration of funding on key areas, a greater pool of expertise and experience to draw on.Alliance Issue: Human rights philanthropy; September 2019, Volume 24, Number 3
Scottish philanthropist Sir Ian Wood created a successful business in the oil and gas industry before setting up The Wood Foundation in 2007. As he explains to Alliance editor Charles Keidan, his business and philanthropy are two sides of the same coin. In his philanthropic work in East Africa, where he is known for his pioneering 'tea philanthropy', he employs many of the same principles and approaches as he has as a businessman. Philanthropy, he argues, is not just -- perhaps not even primarily -- about giving money.Alliance issue: Philanthropy's Developers; June 2018, Volume 23, Number 2.
Cash transfers account for less than 5 per cent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence to suggest that they are effective, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly. Its co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Charles Keidan how the approach works, dispelling some of the myths surrounding cash transfers on the way. So why is philanthropy so reluctant to adopt cash transfers? After all, giving money away to help others is a big part of what it does.Alliance issue: Philanthropy's Diversity Challenge; September 2017, Volume 22, Number 4.
While policymakers and philanthropists both support sustainable development and social justice, prior to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they had been doing so on parallel tracks. Now the SDGs are part of philanthropy's shared language. The vast majority of foundations know what the SDGs are, without necessarily using or aligning with them. Such familiarity with a global United Nations concept could not have been taken for granted ten years ago. What has changed?Alliance issue: Solidarity -- more in common?; June 2017, Volume 22 , Number 4.
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