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Social Media Seen as Mostly Good for Democracy Across Many Nations, But U.S. is a Major Outlier

December 6, 2022

As people across the globe have increasingly turned to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other platforms to get their news and express their opinions, the sphere of social media has become a new public space for discussing – and often arguing bitterly – about political and social issues. And in the mind of many analysts, social media is one of the major reasons for the declining health of democracy in nations around the world.However, as a new Pew Research Center survey of 19 advanced economies shows, ordinary citizens see social media as both a constructive and destructive component of political life, and overall most believe it has actually had a positive impact on democracy. Across the countries polled, a median of 57% say social media has been more of a good thing for their democracy, with 35% saying it has been a bad thing.There are substantial cross-national differences on this question, however, and the United States is a clear outlier: Just 34% of U.S. adults think social media has been good for democracy, while 64% say it has had a bad impact. In fact, the U.S. is an outlier on a number of measures, with larger shares of Americans seeing social media as divisive.

U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

June 10, 2022

The United States is witnessing another year of record gun violence, raising domestic and international scrutiny of its comparatively loose gun laws and placing pressure on lawmakers to enact meaningful reforms.

Business as Usual: How major weapons exporters arm the world’s conflicts

March 3, 2022

This research provides the first global analysis of how conflict in, or involving, a recipient state, impacts exporters' willingness supply arms. It analyses the top eleven global arms suppliers over the ten-year period 2009-2018 Listed in order by the volume of major conventional weapons transfers, these global sales leaders are: the United States, Russia, Germany, France, China, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. These countries assert widely varying formal policies regarding arms exports, but the empirical record is, for the most part, remarkably similar.

No One Is Spared: Abuses Against Older People in Armed Conflict

February 1, 2022

This report describes patterns of abuses against older people affected by armed conflict in Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine. It also draws on the situation of serious protracted violence in two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, Myanmar security force atrocities against older ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine State, and the experiences of older refugees in Lebanon displaced by conflict in Syria. It also includes abuses against older people in the 2020 armed conflict in the ethnic-Armenian-majority enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Giving to Israel: American Institutional Philanthropy to Israeli Nonprofits

August 10, 2021

The Israeli nonprofit sector raises more than half of its philanthropic funding from abroad; thus, the scope of giving from US to Israel is a topic of constant curiosity. The trends of giving in recent decades as well as questions regarding focus on causes, impact and magnitude continue to provoke both theory and practice.In this report, we shed light on two basic questions: Who gives? And how much? Additionally, we reveal how, even in the era of detailed reporting and digital data, transparency is vague, and thorough manual inquiry is still necessary.

Israel Tightens Gaza Blockade, Civilians Bear the Brunt

July 27, 2018

In July 2018, the Government of Israel tightened restrictions on goods and materials entering and leaving Gaza, noting that the measures were in response to Hamas sending incendiary kites and balloons into Israel. All goods were banned from exiting and many vital materials banned from entering. These restrictions further tighten the blockade – in place for 12 years – which severely limits or prevents the entry and exit of materials to Gaza. Over half the population of Gaza lives under the poverty line, and one million Palestinians in Gaza don't have enough food to feed their families.This joint agency briefing calls for:An immediate end to the blockade and opening crossings into and out of GazaAll parties to refrain from using civilians in Gaza as leverage for political gainThe UN and the international community to support the lifting of restrictions and a long-term strategy for economic development in Gaza.

Fixing Food : Towards a More Sustainable Food System

October 1, 2016

Fixing Food is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report on food system sustainability globally, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and food loss and waste. It draws on an interview programme with experts from the academic, public and private sectors and is published alongside the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, which ranks 25 countries according to their food system sustainability. The project was developed with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN).

Israel's Religiously Divided Society: Deep Gulfs among Jews, as Well as Between Jews and Arabs, over Political Values and Religion's Role in Public Life

March 8, 2016

Nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, its Jewish population remains united behind the idea that Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people and a necessary refuge from rising anti-Semitism around the globe. But alongside these sources of unity, a major new survey by Pew Research Center also finds deep divisions in Israeli society – not only between Israeli Jews and the country's Arab minority, but also among the religious subgroups that make up Israeli Jewry.

International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2015

January 21, 2016

This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.

Greenbook: A Guide to Intelligent Giving Volume 3: Funding Environmental Stewardship in Israel

June 15, 2015

Greenbooks are research reports written specifically for the funding community. Each unbiased, comprehensive guide focuses on a problem currently facing the Jewish community, maps out the relevant history, and details a wide range of approaches being taken to address the problem. Greenbooks are produced by the Jewish Funders Network, with a target publication of two guides annually. Over the past two decades, philanthropic foundations -- in partnership with civil society -- have been instrumental in forging a vision of social environmental change in Israel, and in dramatically raising public awareness of environmental concerns.

A Handbook for Funder Collaborations: Tools and Resources for Strategic Co-funding

May 3, 2015

The "Handbook for Funder Collaborations" is a compilation of research conducted by JFN that provides a comprehensive review of existing studies, articles, and in-depth interviews with 27 stakeholders in Israel. While the Handbook focuses on collaborations based in Israel, most examples include Israeli and American funders working together, and the lessons are relevant to any cross-cultural partnership.Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the same vision, goals, and strategy.The Handbook aims to help funders navigate the benefits and the challenges, along with the pros and cons, of starting or joining a pooled funding collaboration. In doing so, it offers tools and tips to structure the collaboration for maximum success and impact.

African Refugee Development Center: 2014 Annual Report

April 19, 2015

The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, communitybased, non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to assist, protect and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. To date, ARDC has served over 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers from a number of countries including Eritrea, Sudan, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. Throughout 2014, ARDC responded to the needs of asylum seekers through several initiatives and projects. We aided asylum seekers in renewing their visas, resolving identity issues, remaining with their families in Israel, applying for asylum, and reuniting with their families abroad. We also pressured the government to show more institutional consistency and greater transparency. Through our educational programs, we enabled asylum seekers to pursue their professional goals by facilitating vocational training and higher education opportunities and to better integrate into Israeli society with language courses. We strengthened the independence and confidence of asylum-seeking women through psycho-social therapy and income-generating opportunities. We facilitated encounters between Israelis and asylum seekers to build bridges and to enable genuine coexistence to flourish in the neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv. Last but not least, we sought to fortify and sustain the asylum seeker leadership through skill-based workshops and specialized guidance.