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Challenging the Globalization Agenda

By Sarah Bahn and Manuel Montes     In the 1980s and 1990s, the pressure on developing countries to embrace economic liberalization was overwhelming. They were bullied by global aid and trade organizations, such as the World Bank, into adopting reforms whose benefits were questionable and many argue hurt the poorest. Through its International Economic…

Can Physically Distant Funders Catalyze Local Leadership? (They Can!)

By Sarah Bahn and Atallah Kuttab     Mission drives foundation work, and it can often point towards grassroots efforts. We know that local leadership is key to these efforts, but it can be challenging to navigate alignment of foundation practices with the execution of a local agenda from a distance. Fikra, a Brussels-based foundation created…

Walk Together

I received a poem from a friend in my inbox – an uplifting reminder about our hopes for the future at a time when many of us are despairing. It dreams of a race-less future generation, anchored on the words of Jimi Hendrix: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world…