Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UNDP Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, marked the 2015 International Day of Democracy with his thoughts on a “Space for Civil Society”, this year’s theme, reaffirming UNDP’s commitment to supporting free and vibrant civic spaces.
Considering the relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, GIFE held a meeting in São Paulo in August with leaders from institutes, foundations and businesses for a debate on how the SGDs connect with private social investment.
Chris Delatorre (WINGS) reports on the International Conference on Social Media for Good, linking the Post-2015 Agenda and the concept of diffuse collaboration to a new framework for distributed social networking. “If diffuse reciprocity represents the exchange of items of nonequivalent value, then distributed social technology is the best substrate for realizing a system in which every contribution, large and small, is recognized within a greater ecosystem of social reality and practice, and met with gratitude.”
In this newly unlocked article from Alliance magazine, Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) and Barry Knight (CENTRIS) ask what role community philanthropy can play in development post-2015. Community foundation leaders in North America and Europe weigh in. “The post-2015 goals will apply universally, not just to developing countries, so this discussion is relevant everywhere.”
On 8th December, the 2014 FCAA AIDS Philanthropy Summit will kick off with the launch of the organization’s latest human rights resource tracking report. We asked Sarah Hamilton, FCAA program and communications director, to share how local context and collaboration are helping drive important data collection efforts for the network.
Brad Smith (Foundation Center) and Helena Monteiro (WINGS) led a recent session on data at the Ford Foundation that looked at how current projects like the Global Philanthropy Data Charter can help give an accurate picture of development progress. Angela Hariche, Foundation Center’s director of international data relations, reports.
Sunday’s historic People’s Climate March was a testament to the growing power and visibility of a global people’s movement for peace, justice and democracy, under the banner of climate change and sustainable and equitable development. Mafruza Khan reports.