Beyond us and them

Social movements are increasingly important to the process of change, but their relationship with institutional philanthropy has often proven a difficult one. What are these difficulties and how can they be resolved? Drawing on a recent paper by Halima Mahomed, Institutional philanthropy and popular organising in Africa : some initial reflections from social movement activists,…

Measuring what matters

Measuring what matters is a consultation paper designed to advance a conversation about measurement 
in civil society and the goal is to identify more meaningful approaches to organizational learning and accountability. The paper is based on a series of parallel and intersecting conversations, online and in-person, over a two-year period with 130 people from civil…

Institutional philanthropy and popular organising in Africa : some initial reflections from social movement activists

As popular forms of organising increasingly serve as sites for change in Africa, institutionalised private philanthropy, which has generally stayed away from such activist spaces is slowly engaging. While anecdotal knowledge exists, evidence-based analysis on these relationships is scarce. This study explored how African movements experience and see the role and nature of philanthropy in…

Donor Collaboratives and Devolved Decision Making: It’s About the Fundamentals

This new report by Halima Mohamed explores the structure and mechanisms of three donor collaborations that include some level of devolved decision-making  – The Multi Agency Grantmaking Initiative (MAGI), the Joint Gender Fund (JGF) and the Constitutionalism Fund (CF), but then also sought to explore some of the core questions in relation to five other…

Philanthropy in Indonesia

This paper is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fifth report from the study. It aims to throw light on current developments in, obstacles to, and possibilities for philanthropy in Indonesia, especially highlighting innovations and new initiatives. This has been done partly through looking at existing research, but mainly through a series of conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy in the country.

Leadership and Development

Although widely used, and viewed as an important ingredient in successful philanthropy and development, there is no common understanding of what people mean by the term leadership or how its value is demonstrated in practice. In March 2018, when PSJP ran an exploratory webinar for civil society practitioners to identify hot topics they wanted to…

Understanding sustainability

This is the fourth paper in PSJP’s Defining Key Concepts series and it looks at the concept of ‘sustainability’ in development and philanthropy. (The first paper, published in October 2018, looked at the concept of ‘Dignity’ and the second, published in March 2019, looked at ‘Leadership’. The third paper published last month (Nov 2019) was…

Measuring social change

This is the third paper in PSJP’s Defining Key Concepts series and it looks at the concept of ‘measuring social change’ in development and philanthropy. (The first paper, published in October 2018, looked at the concept of ‘Dignity’ and the second, published in March 2019, looked at ‘Leadership’.) This paper draws on three webinar sessions…

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

This paper It looks at the development of individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil, with a special focus on some significant trends: crowdfunding and online giving, national giving days/weeks, fundraising by NGOs, and the causes that individual donors give to. It then goes on to look at the significance of the rise in individual giving; the role of technology in this; and finally the kinds of things that would enhance individual giving.