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Being the Change: 12 Ways Foundations Are Transforming Themselves to Transform Their Impact

April 1, 2018

Many foundations are adopting new approaches for creating social change—approaches that aim to influence the actions and investments of the public and private sector, as well as address the complex conditions that hold social problems in place.Based on interviews with 114 practitioners representing 50 foundations and 8 philanthropic services organizations, Being the Change explores how foundations are applying their assets, knowledge, skills, networks, and people in new ways in order to create impact at scale and change systems.

Technology and Labor Trafficking: in a Network Society - General Overview, Emerging Innovations, and Phillippines Case Study

February 20, 2015

New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become an integral part of the networks that underpin labor trafficking in the 21st Century. Yet little research exists on the impact of technology in exacerbating or addressing the isolation, fraud, force, and/or coercion so often at the heart of trafficking cases. There is a lack of evidence-based research on any relationship between technology and labor trafficking either within or across national borders. To effectively intervene in labor trafficking, the impact of technology needs to be addressed by policy makers, governments, NGOs, researchers, and the private sector.This research report is the first to investigate the relationship between technology and labor trafficking. The evidence gathered and analyzed in this report is based on public documents, websites, interviews with key stakeholders in the US and internationally, and fieldwork in the Philippines. With little previous research on the topic, this study is inherently exploratory. Thus this report's primary goal is to frame technology's impact on labor trafficking and to establish a set of definitions, theories, terms, themes, recommendations, and principles that can guide future research and policy.

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking Key Findings

July 17, 2014

Each year foundations globally fund efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. Our latest key findings report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a snapshot of the landscape of global human rights grantmaking in 2011.Written by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), in collaboration with the International Network of Women's Funds (INWF) and Ariadne -- European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, the latest edition of Advancing Human Rights identified $1.7 billion in human rights funding from foundations in 34 countries awarded to more than 10,000 organizations around the world. Human rights work supported by foundations ranges from ensuring the right to peaceful assembly and association to supporting freedom from violence to promoting the right to education.

Transitioning to Peace: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Social Reconstruction and Justice in Northern Uganda

December 31, 2010

Compares with previous survey findings on views of peace and social reconstruction, including resettlement and services, post-war disputes and unity, and elections; and government and justice, including measures for victims. Offers recommendations.

Building Peace, Seeking Justice: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Accountability and Social Reconstruction in the Central African Republic

August 3, 2010

Analyzes citizens' exposure to violence since 2002 and views on justice, accountability, and conflict resolution. Makes recommendations related to government, armed groups, civil society, the international community, and International Criminal Court.

Artisans Must Adapt to Reach New Markets

September 30, 2009

This case study, published in September 2009, is the second in a series focusing on our Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund. It reflects on recent findings that Kenyan potters must learn to think like entrepreneurs, developing new products and marketing them far and wide.

Fishing for Solutions in the Great Lakes Region

September 19, 2009

This case study, published in September 2009, is the first in a series focusing on our Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund. It reflects on recent findings that the adoption of sustainable fishing practices could save the Nile perch, lift incomes, and preserve livelihoods among Uganda's poor

Riding the Ups and Downs of Foreign Exchange

September 1, 2009

This case study, published in October 2009, is the third in a series focusing on our Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund. It reflects on recent findings that for Tanzania's importers and exporters, limiting exposure to currency fluctuations may spell the difference between failure and success.

Living With Fear: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Peace, Justice and Social Reconstruction in Eastern Congo

August 31, 2008

Analyzes survey findings on views on the Congo wars, exposure to violence, origins of the wars, trials for war crimes, and priorities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Compares survey data with those in Kishasa and Kisangani. Makes recommendations.

When the War Ends: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Peace, Justice and Social Reconstruction in Northern Uganda

December 31, 2007

Analyzes survey findings on northern Ugandans' displacement and resettlement as well as views on peace, justice, and social reconstruction during peace talks between the Ugandan government and the Lord Resistance Army. Includes recommendations.