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Dairy cows welfare: Prof. John Webster in conversation with Clive Phillips

May 30, 2023

Clive Phillips was Australia's first Professor of Animal Welfare, at the University of Queensland, and has written widely on the welfare of farm, zoo and companion animals. In 2022-23 he conducted a series of recorded dialogues (Conversations With Clive) with senior animal welfare scientists and academic experts, including dairy cows welfare expert Prof. John Webster - Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol.These dialogues are aimed at upskilling organizations concerned with farm animal welfare, helping them gain a more nuanced understanding of welfare issues from academics with deep knowledge of animal agriculture systems and direct experience of practices. Relevant academic publications and references are included at the end of the recording.Key topics of the 40-minutes conversation from April 2023: 1) Clive introduces John Webster. 2) Early research opportunities and interest in farm animal welfare. 3) The "5 Freedoms". 4) Metabolism, nutrition, and genetic selection of dairy cows. 5) Lameness. 6) Cold and heat stress. 7) Housing and grazing, and freedom of choice for cows. 8) Mastitis. 9) Electronic collars. 10) Calf/cow separation, calf pneumonia and corticosteriods. 11) Sexed semen and artificial insemination. 12) Final comments.

The Guide to Usefulness of Existing AI Solutions in Nonprofit Organizations: A starting point for nonprofit organizations that are embarking on their AI journey

May 17, 2023

The goal of this Guide to Usefulness of Existing AI Solutions in nonprofit organizations is to provide a starting point to those embarking on their AI journey. It focuses particularly on generative AI tools, with a range of available solutions and some cautionary advice. By no means is it a complete list - rather, we want to encourage nonprofits to try out the solutions on offer, to understand their functionality and limitations, and to assess what benefits their use may deliver, as well as hold risks in mind.

Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations

May 12, 2023

For philanthropy, as in other sectors of public and private life, acting with transparency and being ready to be held to account for one's actions is an essential precondition for building trust, legitimacy, and community support for each organisation's work.Given the current challenges in philanthropy, there is a growing need for practical guidance on achieving greater transparency and accountability. The 'Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations', produced in collaboration with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI), offers detailed step-by-step guidance on designing and implementing transparency and accountability plans.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union.

Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local

May 3, 2023

'Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local' se centra en las experiencias de los donantes que han apoyado iniciativas de desarrollo dirigidas localmente para abordar el cambio climático. Proporciona una descripción general de las mejores prácticas y los desafíos asociados con los esfuerzos de financiamiento climático y recomendaciones para mejorar el apoyo a las comunidades locales en la lucha contra el cambio climático.Esta publicación ha sido realizada con el apoyo financiero de la Unión Europea. Su contenido es responsabilidad exclusiva de ALAS y no refleja necesariamente los puntos de vista de la Unión Europea.English: French:

Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques

May 3, 2023

"Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques" se concentre sur les expériences des bailleurs de fonds qui ont soutenu des initiatives de développement menées localement pour lutter contre le changement climatique. Il offre un aperçu des meilleures pratiques et des défis associés aux efforts de financement climatique et des recommandations pour améliorer le soutien aux communautés locales dans la lutte contre le changement climatique.Cette publication a été réalisée avec le soutien financier de l'Union européenne. Son contenu relève de la seule responsabilité de WINGS et ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues de l'Union européenne.English: Spanish:

Lições de financiadores de ações climáticas sobre apoio ao desenvolvimento localmente liderado

May 3, 2023

'Lições de financiadores de ações climáticas sobre apoio ao desenvolvimento localmente liderado' enfoca as experiências de doadores que apoiaram iniciativas de desenvolvimento lideradas localmente para lidar com as mudanças climáticas. Ele oferece uma visão geral das melhores práticas e desafios associados aos esforços de financiamento climático e recomendações para melhorar o apoio às comunidades locais na luta contra as mudanças climáticas.Esta publicação foi produzida com o apoio financeiro da União Europeia. O seu conteúdo é da exclusiva responsabilidade da WINGS e não reflete necessariamente as opiniões da União Europeia.English: Spanish:

Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance

May 3, 2023

'Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance' focuses on the experiences of funders who have supported locally-led development initiatives to address climate change. It offers insights into best practices and challenges associated with climate funding efforts and recommendations for improving support for local communities in the fight against climate change.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of WINGS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.French:

Improving gender data to leave no one behind

May 2, 2023

Development Initiatives (DI) works with partners and allies to strengthen the quality and use of data and evidence that can inform decision-making to tackle poverty and inequality in all its forms. We have conducted several independent projects focusing on gender data and this briefing presents key challenges we have encountered in that process alongside opportunities we have identified to improve the gender data landscape. Strengthening this landscape is an intentional focus of DI's work going forwards, supporting the use of robust evidence to understand and reduce gender inequalities.Gender data is:Collected and presented by sex and/or gender as a primary and overall classification, allowing inequalities between different genders to be identified.Reflective of gender issues, including, for example, gender-specific healthcare needs, gender-based violence (GBV), and gendered economic and political participation.Based on concepts and definitions that adequately reflect the diversity of people of different gender identities and capture important aspects of their lives.Developed through collection methods that recognise how stereotypes and social and cultural factors may introduce gender bias in the data.DI's definition of gender data is adapted from the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and Data2X to include the representation of individuals of all gender identities.

Achieving global climate goals by 2050: Pathways to a 1.5° C future

April 26, 2023

This is the second edition of ClimateWorks' report on achieving global climate goals by 2050, following an inaugural 2020 report. For the first time, it includes an additional Ensemble of scenarios, which helps capture a more nuanced story about the linkages and trade-offs inherent in any given climate change mitigation strategy. Philanthropy and the broader climate solutions community can use the findings highlighted in the report as a resource to better understand how emissions reduction opportunities are distributed across sectors and geographies — and the transformations needed to achieve 1.5° C targets

Safeguarding & participatory grant-making: An essential guide for funders

April 18, 2023

This document includes guidance on how to consider safeguarding in the planning, delivery, and review of participatory grant-making processes. Its primary focus is to ensure that those involved in participatory grant-making processes, whom we call decision makers, are kept safe from harm.Questions for decision makers to funders is a handout that these decision makers can use if they are considering getting involved in a participatory grant-making process. It includes questions they can ask funders to check if they have sufficiently considered safeguarding measures in their planning.

AI Now Institute 2023 Landscape: Confronting Tech Power

April 11, 2023

This report highlights a set of approaches that, in concert, will collectively enable us to confront tech power. Some of these are bold policy reforms that underscore the need for bright-line rules and structural curbs. Others identify popular policy responses that, because they fail to meaningfully address power discrepancies, should be abandoned. Several aren't in the traditional domain of policy at all, but acknowledge the importance of nonregulatory interventions such as collective action, worker organizing, and the role public policy can play in bolstering these efforts. We intend this report to provide strategic guidance to inform the work ahead of us, taking a bird's eye view of the many levers we can use to shape the future trajectory of AI – and the tech industry behind it – to ensure that it is the public, not industry, that this technology serves.

Funding Field Catalysts from Origins to Revolutionizing the World

March 21, 2023

At Bridgespan, we call the organizations that are often key to unlocking equitable systems change "field catalysts." While equitable systems change requires a diverse set of actors playing distinct and complementary roles across a field or ecosystem, field catalysts harmonize and drive that multifaceted work, serving as a kind of nerve center for the matrix of activity needed to transform our inequitably designed systems. Think of the critical role Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, played in the eradication of polio, or the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' contribution to the dramatic plunge in teen smoking rates. In another example, the goal of marriage equality in the United States was reached thanks, in part, to the Freedom to Marry organization, which orchestrated its campaign for 12 years.Behind the scenes, philanthropy often plays a role in these achievements. Surely there must be other opportunities for funders to support equitable systems change. So we set out to learn more about the origin stories of field catalysts, the challenges they face, and—importantly—the ways in which they believe funders can help them.