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Impact of aid on peace and conflict transformation in a deeply divided society: Lessons from Sri Lanka

The following presentation was shared by Ambika Satkunanathan, Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, Sri Lanka on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Foundations for Peace Network in November 2016, Philanthropy House, Brussels. I am here this morning to share with you the impact of aid on peace and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka, which could…

The Power of an Effective Exit: Ford Foundation’s Exit from the Philippines

By Sarah Bahn and Suzanne Siskel      When I was working for the Ford Foundation as a representative in the Philippines in the late 1990s, the foundation expanded its programming, giving us the opportunity to work on addressing the failing public education system. After just three years, Ford was supporting 27 local education reform…

Youth Revitalize Forgotten Philanthropic Practice in Palestine

By Sarah Bahn and Hania Aswad     ‘Al Ouneh’ is a type of informal, collective philanthropy led by community members to help individuals or the well-being of the entire community. The concept has been practiced in the Middle East and North Africa for generations. Al Ouneh can be used in a number of ways,…

Seeking Justice through Grassroots Leadership in Brazil

By Sarah Bahn and Ana Valeria Araujo     In May 2006, prison gang violence and police retaliation unleashed a wave of killings in São Paulo, Brazil. The victims were mostly poor, young people of African or indigenous descent. Most were not involved in organized crime, and their mothers were unable to find out what…

When the Wall Turned Bright Pink

By Sarah Bahn and Avila Kilmurray     It is not every day that the iconic ‘Free Derry Corner’ landmark turns bright pink. But this is what happened as a result of a small £3,000 grant awarded by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) to the Rainbow Project, which works in Derry/Londonderry in Northern…

Cross-Sector Mobilization for Social Change

By Sarah Bahn and Lisa Jordon     The Bernard van Leer Foundation has a solid reputation in the area of early childhood education. It is known for financing early education models, publishing articles, and supporting research on early childhood development. It has been a respected figure in this field for over 60 years, operating…

‘You Can Go to College: It’s Not Just a Promise, It’s the Law’

By Sarah Bahn and Andrew Milner    In 1989, the US state of Louisiana passed a law that all children who achieve certain academic standards should be allowed to go to college regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.  This was the culmination of four years of campaigning by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, led by businessman…

Children Stand Up Against Poverty

By Sarah Bahn and Barry Knight    Despite many efforts over the years, child poverty remains a widespread problem in the United Kingdom. In an attempt to accelerate efforts, we at the Webb Memorial Trust decided to support plans to give children true leadership roles in the issue, as opposed to just consulting them. At…

Philanthropy and Government Join Forces to Overcome Authoritarian Past

By Sarah Bahn and Kamala Chandrakirana      Philanthropy for social justice is not always about opposing the government; it’s sometimes about working with government in order to access the rights due to its citizens. Through our work with community organizers trying to reclaim land in a small village in Indonesia, Indonesia for Humanity (Indonesia…

Placing the value of local peacebuilding firmly on the Development Aid agenda

By Monina O’prey Foundations for Peace (FFP) is a global network of local funders working to build peace, alongside social justice, in regions emerging from, or currently experiencing violent conflict. Launched in New York in 2006, the organization works collaboratively on peacebuilding initiatives, including supporting victims and survivors of conflict; working with political prisoners and…