Local agency and power in philanthropy and development

PSJP, the Ford Foundation Office for Southern Africa, and the Mott Foundation (South Africa) are exploring the themes of local agency and power in philanthropy and development through a series of conversations with practitioners in the field. We are sharing the convening reports from each of the conversations here in order to further engagement around…

How community philanthropy shifts power

While slogans like “think globally, act locally” have been around for decades, so much decision making about philanthropy and development aid still happens by stakeholders outside of communities. GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, released a new Leadership Series paper on how funders around the globe are challenging this norm by sharing and shifting power into the hands of local leadership. How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen by Jenny Hodgson and Anna Pond explores examples, advice, and the driving questions for donors interested in producing people-owned changes, without losing sight of their institutional interests.

Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade

Published in celebration of TrustAfrica’s 10th anniversary, Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade takes an in-depth look its work as an African-led foundation that set out to do things differently. Edited by Halima Mahomed and Elizabeth Coleman, the book has been published in partnership with Weaver Press. Founded in 2006, when solutions to Africa’s challenges were often developed outside its borders, TrustAfrica sought to…

Al Mulhem in Social Justice Work

Al Mulhem (“Inspirer” in English), authored by Hania Aswad is a training guide for civil society, published by the Naseej Foundation in September 2015. Drwaring from the Arab Region, Al Mulhem provides a theoretical and philosophical as well as practical framework to practitioners, activists and CSOs eager to applying Social Justice and Right based principles in their…

Summary Report: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace in South and South-East Asia

In September 2013, the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace and the Global Fund for Community Foundations convened a small group of grassroots indigenous foundations in Shillong in the North East of India. The convening was hosted by the Foundation for Social Transformation – Enabling North East India and included foundations from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh,…

A Tangled Web: The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

Since 2004 South Africa has had in place legislation that regulates theresponsibilities of business to the transformation of society, and thisregulation includes an element that relates to corporate philanthropy. Todate, however, very little has been documented about the influence of thislegislation on corporate philanthropy. A new research report by HalimaMahomed, A Tangled Web: The Perceived…

European Values – Promoting Solidarity at a Time of Austerity. What Role can Philanthropy Play?

A summary report based on discussions at a convening in Brussels, Belgium, October 7-8, 2014 This report presents a summary of the discussions that took place at a convening organized in Brussels on Oct 7-8, 2014 by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP).  The event was arranged in collaboration with…