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Make the Invisible Visible: Method Guide - How to engage with hard-to-reach citizens for policy development?

March 30, 2023

Climate change, energy crisis, digital divide, rising inequality, global pandemics – these are only some challenges and transition processes our societies are currently facing. A communality of all these challenges: economically and socially disadvantaged citizens (e.g., unemployed people, low-income workers, migrants, single parents, young people, or elderly citizens, as well as people threatened with the loss of their jobs due to these transitions) are most affected, not only by their impacts but also by policies adopted to meet them. Also, they are often not sufficiently represented or heard in political debates and in policymaking. Their voices are not present in the transition debates: they are "invisible".At the same time, it is increasingly difficult to get in contact with structurally disadvantaged groups yet involve them in policy dialogues. If not part of any representative organization, these hard-to-reach citizens do not have a say in the debates. This increases the representation gap. For this reason, it is important to find new strategies, instruments, and methodologies for reaching out to these specific target groups, to listen to their needs and ideas, and to involve them in decision- and policymaking processes. New ways of recruiting, engaging, and communicating must be discussed to bridge the representation gap and to establish a truly inclusivedeliberation.

Unlocking Cross-border Philanthropy in Asia: An Assessment of Donor Interest and Infrastructure Readiness

June 15, 2022

When Give2Asia was founded 20 years ago, international philanthropy primarily flowed in one direction, as donors in the West supported nonprofits in other locales. Strong tax incentives for charitable giving fueled a steady increase in overseas philanthropy.Today, the landscape of potential donors is far more diverse. With increasing levels of wealth across the Asia-Pacific, there is great potential to address pressing humanitarian needs by increasing funding flows between countries in the Global South.Produced in cooperation with the Asia Philanthropy Circle, King Baudouin Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this report provides a roadmap for establishing a cross-border giving network for Asia.The multi-year research effort included interviews with 150 high-net-worth donors/institutions and survey responses from 135 nonprofits. The study aims to answer two key questions:1) Is there an appetite and need for infrastructure that supports cross-border giving within Asia?2) If so, what institutions might participate in building it, and where?

Fair Energy Transition for All: What Vulnerable People Have to Say : Results of dialogues with over 900 vulnerable citizens in nine European countries

March 1, 2022

The publication presents key findings of focus group research involving more than 900 Europeans in nine countries for the Fair Energy Transition for All (FETA) project. Backed by six leading philanthropic institutions, FETA will use this input to recommend EU and national policies that can secure support across society and, notably, avoid placing a burden on the most vulnerable that would fuel opposition to efforts to protect the planet. 

I'm Still The Same Person : Ten Years' Working Together To Create A Dementia-Friendly Society : Impact Report

May 1, 2018

This impact report illustrates ten years of the King Baudouin Foundation's activities in support of a 'dementia-friendly society', by putting the accent on key messages and a number of projects and initiatives: why they were set up, what was involved, who were the actors concerned and what their impact was.25 experts in Belgium have also been contacted in the framework of this report to discuss what the big challenges are regarding dementia and quality of life. What role can the King Baudouin Foundation and other European foundations (continue to) play?

Re-energising Europe: A Package Deal for the EU27

November 1, 2017

The New Pact for Europe (NPE) initiative – launched in 2013 and steered by the King Baudouin Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe and the European Policy Centre, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Open Estonia Foundation, the BMW Foundation and the Network of European Foundations – aims to rebuild trust through national and transnational dialogue and develop new common ground on the way forward for the European Union. After years of multiple crises, the EU27 should re-energise the European project. This third NPE report, which is the culmination of five years of work reflecting more than 120 national and transnational debates throughout Europe, argues that the EU27 should have the political will and courage to agree on an ambitious but realistic win-win package deal to overcome deadlocks and counter the danger of a more regressive, nationalistic, closed, illiberal and authoritarian Europe, the greatest challenge we are currently facing.

Sharing economy : An opportunity for the poorest? An explanatory study

December 14, 2016

Sharing economy, an opportunity for the poorest ? An exploratory study | King Baudouin FoundationThis study explores the concept of sharing economy, the magnitude of the phenomenon, and the issues that arise from it. It addresses the issue of sharing economy as a subject of studies and reflections, potentially empowering people living in precarious situations. It will serve as a basis for dialogues with actors on the field in Belgium and Europe in order to identify tracks of work for the future.This book is also available in French and Dutch. See on the webiste of the King Baudouin Foundation.

Supporting Families Confronted with Violent Radicalisation : Record of the Three Seminar Meetings : September 2015 - January 2016

March 1, 2016

From September 2015 to January 2016, the King Baudouin Foundation organised a series of three seminars with the aim of reaching a better understanding of this phenomenon. Emphasis was placed on the support to be given to families of radicalised young people. These seminars dealt with the three main stages of the violent radicalisation process: the first on detecting the first signs of radicalisation, the second on providing assistance to the families once their loved one has left, and the final one on the sensitive question of that person's homecoming. This publication presents a compiled report on these discussion meetings focusing on views exchanged between decision-makers, local authority representatives, parents of radicalised young men and women, police forces, representatives of the NGO voluntary sector and teachers. It is hoped that this work will help build up expertise on a subject about which knowledge is still too patchy in Belgium.

Learning from Grantees

August 1, 2015

This report contains the results of an online survey carried out among 1930 organisations and individuals who received support from the King Baudouin Foundation between 2012 and 2014. The survey was carried out in March 2015 and both Belgian and foreign grantees were polled. The response rate was 54 percent, with a representative response.

Beyond Trafficking. The Re/integration of Trafficking Victims in the Balkans 2007-2014. Final Review Report.

June 1, 2015

Human trafficking continues to plague the Balkan region, taking many forms and claiming many victims. Addressing and combating human trafficking has been a priority issue within the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) with a clear focus on the assistance to victims, the protection of their rights and their social inclusion.To this end, the Foundation set up the Trafficking Victims Re/integration Programme which aims to enhance the scope and capacity of re/integration programmes for trafficked persons. From 2007 to 2014, more than 2,000 trafficked persons and their families have been assisted by the TVRP partner organisations in seven countries of the Balkans.This report aims to highlight the main results and impact of the TVRP in the lives of trafficked persons as well as more generally in the field of re/integration in the Balkans. It provides a detailed analysis of the outstanding achievements and outcomes of the TVRP assessment conducted in 2014 through interviews of beneficiaries, partner NGOs, experts and government officials as well as other sources of data.

Mentoring Practices in Europe and North America: Strategies for Improving Immigrants' Employment Outcomes

January 1, 2015

This study presents a number of promising mentoring and job coaching initiatives from Europe and North America, with a case study of the Belgian context. Mentoring -- an experienced individual coaching or advising a more junior partner or peer -- is increasingly recognised in Europe as a tool for advancing the labour market integration of disadvantaged individuals. However, the scope, methods, and sustainability of mentoring efforts vary widely by national and local context, and depend on a variety of actors and conditions.The mapping inspired the King Baudouin Foundation to launch a call for projects on mentoring to work in Belgium.

Re/integration of Trafficked persons : Working with Trafficked Children and Youth

October 1, 2014

This paper was developed in the context of the Trafficking Victims Re/integration Programme (TVRP), which funds NGO's in several countries of Southeastern Europe. It is the fifth of a series that aim to shed light on good practices in the area of re/integration as well as on important lessons learned.This paper addresses the issue of the re/integration of trafficked children and youth, drawing on the first hand experiences of service providers in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.Children and youth have become an increasing portion of persons being trafficked from and within the Balkan region. Some are exploited sexually, others are exploited for different forms of labour, including begging and street selling. This paper discusses each of the different services and types of support needed to meet the specific re/integration needs of trafficked children and youth in the light of international standards. It also looks into challenges facing service providers such as the identification of trafficked children, prosecution of perpetrators due to gaps in the criminal code as well as forster care.

Working with Wicked Problems

November 1, 2012

By publishing this report the KBF aims to facilitate knowledge sharing among all interested parties bringing together important learnings and take-away messages on working with wicked problems. Acknowledging the existence of wicked problems means admitting to face societal challenges for which no definitive answer exists. Wicked problems are structurally complex so that it is hard to say where a given problem stops and another one begins. And stakeholders will frame these challenges in different ways so that a one-size-fits-all solution is highly unlikely. Thinking in terms of wicked problems opens up a novel repertoire of strategies to come to grips with these issues. The report guides you through three approaches, five methodologies and seven rules of thumb.