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International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change- Guia de Implementação

July 20, 2022

O Compromisso Internacional da Filantropia sobre as Mudanças Climáticas é um chamado a todas as organizações, independentemente de sua missão, status e localização geográfica, para atuar na emergência climática. As organizações signatárias do Compromisso Internacional se comprometem a agir de acordo com os sete pilares do Compromisso. O Compromisso Internacional está em consonância com vários compromissos nacionais de filantropia em todo o mundo. Juntos, eles formam o movimento global #PhilanthropyForClimate, que já conta com a participação de cerca de 500 organizações em todo o mundo.Este Guia de Implementação descreve as ações sugeridas em relação a cada um dos sete pilares do Compromisso Internacional da Filantropia sobre as Mudanças Climáticas. Este Guia foi elaborado para inspirar e apoiar as organizações signatárias à medida que embarcam em sua própria jornada de mudança. 

False fix: the hidden health impacts of Europe’s fossil gas dependency

May 17, 2022

With the war in Ukraine, energy considerations have risen to the top of the EU policy agenda. There is an increased understanding that all fossil fuels, not only those imported from Russia, are an economic, political, security, climate and health risk.This briefing by health, environmental and climate NGOs quantifies for the first time the health impacts of burning fossil gas for power (and heat) generation, excluding private households. While coal combustion continues to be the most polluting, health-harming form of energy generation, the health impacts and cost from fossil gas have been grossly underestimated in public and policy discussions and cannot be neglected.Burning fossil gas is not pollution free. The price tag for the EU's and UK's reliance on electricity generation from fossil gas is up to 8.7 billion EUR in health costs in 2019 alone, with the largest health burden in Italy, Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands and Spain.These costs stem from direct impacts on health from air pollution by gas combustion, including 2,864 premature deaths, over 15,000 cases of respiratory impacts in adults and children, over 4,100 hospital admissions and over 5 million days in lost productivity because of illness. All of these impacts are preventable.This briefing underlines that the continued reliance on fossil gas is highly unhealthy. Given that gas power plants are located in areas of high population density, a large number of people are under threat from air pollution impacts.As the EU Commission is set to present the REPowerEU package, health, environmental and climate NGOs and think tanks urge for the adoption of a timeline and an ambitious deadline for the phasing out of all fossil fuels, including fossil gas, and the avoidance of false solutions in the process. A continued reliance on fossil fuels undermines the EU's zero pollution commitment included in the Green Deal, and accelerates climate change, when alternatives exist.All efforts, including financial ones, must now be concentrated on achieving a 100% renewable and energy efficient European Union as quickly as possible.

Public Trust in the Media during the Coronavirus Pandemic

December 1, 2020

The  importance  of   timely,  accurate,  and  reliable  information became  evident  during  the  Covid-19  pandemic as the media and the public alike felt the pressures of  our vulnerable information ecosystem. The issue of trust in the media also took on a new significance. It was clear that without public trust in media, the effectiveness of  awareness messages for health safety would fade away and the public health response to control the pandemic itself  could be undermined.This research study looks at the information needs and news consumption behaviour of the Pakistani public during the pandemic to see what information sources and types of  media they relied on for Covid-19 updates. Its primary concern is to determine the level of  trust that people assigned to the media and other information sources that provided Covid-19 coverage. The study also attempts to identify whether  or  not  the  pandemic  generally  affected  the  access  to information  of   citizens.  A  nationwide survey of 345 individuals was conducted to find out their use and trust perception about media and information sources for Covid-19 news.

Roma Early Childhood Inclusion Overview Report

February 24, 2020

The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI) studies and reports aim to build a comprehensive and detailed picture of the extent of early childhood provision and services, available to Romani families. The studies have been carried out in five countries—Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia—and  endeavour to identify the major obstacles that Romani families face in accessing high-quality, socially inclusive, early childhood care and education. More generally, the studies and reports deliver data and information about communities that are often ignored or misrepresented by official statistics, government policies, ministerial strategies and plans for spending.As previous studies carried out by Open Society Foundations have shown—No Data—No Progress, 2010—the lack of reliable data hampers any attempt to measure the impact of government or international NGO intervention. Planning services and allocating resources to Romani communities are the consequence of "guesswork" rather than knowledge and careful study. The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion reports present a distillation of the most recent and reliable data to be had, in these circumstances, drawn from the actual communities themselves, through interviews and focus groups. Government strategies, policies and action plans are all assessed in this context; what has been the effect of the initiatives aimed at improving the economic and social position for Romani families, in these countries?This Overview Report draws upon data from the five country studies, carried out by Romani and non-Romani researchers working together, to present what are the themes and topics of most relevance to families and young children in settlements and neighbourhoods across central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. A profound lack of equality of access and services, beset by numerous obstacles, characterizes the overall picture, for Roma. The numbers of Romani children that have access to good quality, early childhood education and care provision or who can participate in community and home-based learning programmes, remains minimal in comparison with the surrounding, majority populations.The desperate need for Romani children to be able to access, at least for two years, high-quality, socially inclusive, early childhood education and care services and benefit from effective home visiting and community-based early childhood development (ECD) programmes, is a particular theme throughout the report. This is a minimum requirement that the partner organizations (UNICEF, Open Society Foundation's Early Childhood Program and Roma Education Fund) advocate for at national and international levels, if progress is to be made in improving education outcomes for Romani children.The scale of the changes that need to be undertaken in order to provide equal opportunity for Romani children and families requires that national governments and international institutions (such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Union's Parliament) act, following the recommendations that these reports deliver.

Philanthropy Prizes

September 15, 2019

This publication provides a brief insight into the wide variety of prizes and awards offered by EFC members and the wider philanthropic sector. The list is not exhaustive but instead offers a selection of prizes that showcase the diverse thematic areas and sectors of  work that prizes can be found recognising, supporting and inspiring.

Analysis of the Regulation and Deregulation of U.S. Ocean and Fis

August 1, 2019

While changes in political leadership affect U.S. ocean and coastal management strategies, the trajectory of U.S. policy over time has been to advance comprehensive consideration of the interconnected ecological ocean system in international and domestic ocean management. Domestically, regional planning and protective approaches have helped regulators balance multiple, often conflicting uses that can affect ecosystem resilience.However, U.S. wariness of multi-lateral international agreements challenges environmentally conscious ocean management goals. Recent domestic ocean policies emphasize fossil energy development over conservation and sustainability concerns. Proposals regarding offshore resource development as well as deregulatory efforts could impact ocean resources and have repercussions in international fora.At the domestic level, limits on the current administration's ability to abruptly finalize major changes to ocean and coastal management exist: jurisdictional authorities are split among federal and state powers and among multiple agencies, and science-based and procedural requirements are built into the ocean and coastal statutes. The current administration has shown a willingness to continue implementation of certain fisheries management reforms initiated in the prior administration, perhaps indicating certain policy areas may not experience extensive priority shifts.This paper reviews the legal and regulatory framework supporting U.S. coastal and ocean management, and describes changes under the current administration.a Comprehensive reviews of the legal framework and regulations of topics covered in this report already exist, but there is value in considering the overarching legal framework and understanding how these separate technical areas interrelate. This paper focuses on policy topics prioritized under the current and most recent administrations and assesses the state of play of the ongoing deregulation process.Overall, ocean management has seen less dramatic change than other areas of environmental regulation during this administration, such as air, water, climate, and energy. Most action on ocean issues has, thus far, concentrated on domestic policy. However, the themes exhibited at the domestic level are beginning to reflect on the international stage and to shift the dialogue with the EU and other partners.The administration's unwillingness to continue previous domestic policies on climate change and opposition to international agreements involving commitments to do so (for example, in announcing the U.S. intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement) have a direct impact on Arctic policies and may also impact ocean and coastal issues closely tied to climate, such as acidification, sea level rise, and adaptation. Yet, at the national level, this administration has supported narrow efforts to address marine debris and plastics in the oceans.Policies and actions in areas crucial to the management of ocean and coastal areas reveal a pattern of prioritizing economic interests and energy development over conservation and protection. On issues not directly tied to climate and not thought to hinder U.S. energy industry development, this administration has exhibited a degree of continuity in position with the prior administration—such as on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and signing of an agreement preemptively barring fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean. Continued development of offshore wind energy could also be an avenue for increased cooperation with the EU as much of the existing expertise in this area lies with EU-based companies. Recent estimates suggest there are 22,000 MW of offshore wind potential off the east coast of the U.S.—representing a possible $70 billion of economic opportunity.

SIGN Network Manual for the Implementation of Standards for Fundaraising

January 1, 2019

SIGN Network Manual for the Implementation of Standards for Fundraising.

Tonga State Of The Environment Report

January 1, 2019

The Tonga State of the Environment 2018 report has been developed to answer three key questions related to the environment of Tonga, and is based on seven thematic areas:* What is the current condition of the Tongan environment?* What are the risks the Tongan environment faces and what measures have been put forward to minimise them? This could provide lessons for Tonga.* Where is the environment of Tonga headed based on the assessed thematic areas?

Evaluating Europe's Course to Sustainable Fisheries by 2020

December 1, 2018

As highlighted in WWF's Living Planet Report (2018), our ocean remains in crisis and the situation desperately needs change in order to reverse the trend of global biodiversity decline. The European Union's (EU) fisheries footprint spans our planet. With active fishing in every ocean and with the highest number of seafood imports, it is the world's largest seafood market. Recognising that a healthy ocean increases resilience and creates more stable conditions for the viability of the fisheries sector, Europe has a long-established Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which governs all European fisheries in the waters of EU Member States (MS), in international waters and through fishing agreements in non-European waters around the world.Following the most recent reform in 2013, the CFP now aims to make fisheries environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. The CFP defines the sustainable management of marine ecosystems and fish stocks. It is based on scientific evidence for a concrete biological understanding of the state of stocks, and refers to socio-economic data before establishing fisheries catch quotas. Successive to this, an accountable, transparent and fair set of rules for fishers must be enforced by promoting a culture of compliance and by applying deterring sanctions for wrongdoers.

Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development The Civil Society Environment in Turkey 2017 Report

July 2, 2018

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) published the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Turkey Country Report 2017, prepared in line with the Monitoring Matrix methodology. Developed under the Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project coordinated by Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) through 2012 and 2016, the Monitoring Matrix Methodology analyses the state of civil society in terms of Basic Legal Guarantees of Freedoms, CSO Financial Viability and Sustainability, and Government-CSO Relationship.

What Next For Social Digital Innovation? Realising the Potential of People and Technology to Tackle Social Challenges

May 1, 2017

This report, and accompanying guide, produced as part of the DSI4EU project, maps the projects and organisations using technology to tackle social challenges across Europe, and explores the barriers to the growth of digital social innovation.

Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 Development Agenda

January 5, 2014

This document is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. You can either follow its step-by-step approach or simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities. Engaging with the media, is a companion to the toolkit which provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.