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Understanding Resilience in International Development

August 16, 2022

In the discourse of development and philanthropy, the term resilience is used across the spectrum between two poles. In some contexts, resilience means weathering the transition to change, while in others it implies endurance and adaptation and is used to protect the status quo. In this paper, we explore this paradox. The goal is to develop an understanding of resilience in development and philanthropy so that it can be applied more meaningfully in our work.This paper is based on a dialogue between 14 practitioners from civil society and philanthropy organized in December 2021 with Eva Rehse of Global Greengrants Fund and Halima Mahomed, a research fellow at TrustAfrica, as provocateurs who drew out the tension between two poles of resilience and set up the conditions for us to explore where we stand.

Assets, Capacity, Trust: Role of Community Foundations in Development of Local Philanthropy

February 1, 2021

The concept of community philanthropy continues to take shape across countries. Researchers and civil society development institutions in many countries are concerned with the same questions: what role community philanthropy plays in local development, what ideas and resources are invested in it, and how it can be measured and evaluated.We asked ourselves the same questions within the Program for Support of Community Philanthropy implemented by CAF Russia. Together with community foundations involved in the program we started to look for solutions. New research presented in this report demonstrates the use of ACT (Assets-Capacity-Trust) framework to find answers to these questions. This report highlights what we found important, what were the results and the impact of the work.

Medindo o que importa

October 1, 2020

Esse documento de consulta foi elaborado para avançarmos na conversa sobre mensuração das ações no âmbito da sociedade civil. Seu objetivo é identificar abordagens que tenham maior impacto em termos de aprendizagem organizacional e prestação de contas. Esse trabalho é uma publicação conjunta do Candid, do Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) e do Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP).Durante dois anos, 130 pessoas que atuam na sociedade civil em todo o mundo se reuniram em uma série de conversas paralelas e transversais, on‑line e presenciais, para cocriar esse documento. Sua publicação busca ampliar essas discussões e avançar ainda mais no processo de cocriação. O Anexo A traz uma lista das pessoas envolvidas.

Measuring What Matters

October 1, 2020

This consultation paper is designed to advance a conversation about measurement in civil society. The goal is to identify more meaningful approaches to organizational learning and accountability. The paper is jointly published by published by Candid, the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) and Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP). Over a two‑year period, 130 people from civil society from all over the world came together in a series of parallel and intersecting conversations, online and in‑person, to co‑create this document. It is now being published to widen those discussions and to advance the co‑creation process still further. A list of those involved forms Annex A.

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

June 30, 2019

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil is part of PSJP's Philanthropy Study. Previously the study has focused on producing a series of papers on philanthropy in four emerging market countries/regions – India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil. These studies have taken a broad view of philanthropy, encompassing everything from individual giving (by the very wealthy and by people of more modest means, including crowdfunding) to giving by private and corporate foundations, CSR, community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy, self-funded movements and impact investing.The current paper looks at individual giving by ordinary people in these countries/ regions in more depth. Seen as an area of great promise in India and Russia, it is at an earlier stage in Brazil. In the Arab region giving to the social sector is barely making headway, though traditional giving is very much alive.

Leadership and Development: Paper 2 in PSJP’s Defining Key Concepts Series

March 12, 2019

This is the second paper in PSJP's Defining Key Concepts series and it looks at the concept of 'leadership' in development and philanthropy. (The first paper, published in October 2018, looked at the concept of Dignity.) Although widely used, and viewed as an important ingredient in successful philanthropy and development, there is no common understanding of what people mean by the term leadership or how its value is demonstrated in practice. In March 2018, when PSJP ran an exploratory webinar for civil society practitioners to identify hot topics they wanted to discuss, leadership was identified because people said that they were unclear about its role.

Philanthropy in Brazil Report

May 24, 2018

This report on Brazilian philanthropy is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fourth report from the study, which will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.

Philanthropy in Brazil - Summary in English

May 24, 2018

This report on Brazilian philanthropy is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fourth report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.

Philanthropy in Brazil - Summary in Portuguese

May 24, 2018

This report on Brazilian philanthropy is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fourth report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.

Philanthropy in the Arab Region

March 22, 2018

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in the Arabregion, particularly shining a light on new areas and innovation within philanthropy,and the implications of these for its future role. We hope this will enable us to betteraddress the question: how do we support and build philanthropy's role as an agentof social change?

Philanthropy in Russia

January 1, 2018

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in Russia, based on conversations with people who have been working to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. Our aim is to shine a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy. We hope this will enable us to better address the questions: what is the role and purpose of philanthropy and how do we build a supportive ecosystem for it? 

Philanthropy in India Summary

November 1, 2017

This is the summary of the report on Indian philanthropy, based on a study that started in 2016. It is part of a larger study in other emerging economies to review the current state of philanthropy and what role it is playing in the world. This is the first report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.