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From Fear to Solidarity: The Difficulty in Shifting Public Narratives about Refugees

May 3, 2022

Refugees and asylum seekers are alternatively depicted as heroes or security threats, victims or exceptional workers, exemplary neighbors or opportunists. And though public narratives are sometimes described as a binary, in reality, people can hold multiple, competing beliefs and opinions about forced migration and its impacts on society. They may, for example, experience pride in their country's humanitarian response and compassion for refugees alongside anxiety over changing cultural norms or fear of competition for scarce jobs, each of which can become more or less salient under different circumstances.These public attitudes can create or constrain the space needed for sensible and creative policy responses, as well as community cohesion. As a result, governments, international organizations, and advocates have invested in myriad programs and campaigns to bolster solidarity and defuse negative reactions to forced migrants. Yet, as this study discusses, changing people's minds is far from straightforward.This report—the first in the Beyond Territorial Asylum: Making Protection Work in a Bordered World initiative led by MPI and the Robert Bosch Stiftung—examines the different narratives that tend to emerge in communities welcoming forced migrants, looking at a variety of geographic, socioeconomic, and historical contexts. It also explores two categories of interventions that aim to address negative narratives about refugees and asylum seekers: information campaigns that aim to defuse threat narratives and "contact-building" initiatives that seek to build connections between refugees and host communities. The report concludes by offering strategies to promote solidarity and mitigate tensions.

It's Complicated: People and Their Democracy in Germany, France, Britain, Poland, and the United States

July 1, 2021

This in-depth study explores how citizens in five countries (Germany, France, Britain, Poland, and the United States) feel about democracy, their frustrations, and their demands, with a particular focus on those with an ambivalent relationship with democracy.

Funding in the 21st Century: Trends and Priorities in the Foundation Sector

August 18, 2016

In the middle of the 20th century, some of America's most storied grantmakers, including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers, and the New World Foundation, placed the heft of their wealth and influence behind the country's growing civil rights movement – and in doing so earned the wrath of their government.This was because the foundations backed the movement extensively, including providing funding for voter registration drives in the segregated South as well as supporting a range of civil rights groups. This did not go down well with the nation's pro-segregation politicianswho opposed them fiercely – some like the Republican Wright Patman even lobbied for the government to take over the foundations' charitable work.Today, they actively collaborate with governments where needed, and are among the heaviest financial contributors in the development sector. For example, of the 28 global foundations interviewed for this whitepaper, 21 of them collectively gave USD 18 billionin 2014-15, a number roughly equivalent to the GDP of Iceland.To spotlight both the growing influence and the impressive span of accomplishments of foundations in this whitepaper, Dasra conducted interviews with over 30 sector experts, including heads of global philanthropic foundations, and building on these interviews, hosted a roundtable in Mumbai in March 2016, in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The roundtable brought together 25 of the most influential foundations worldwide, with the aim of building consensus on the role that their organizations can play in contributing to and fueling the global development agenda and to explore avenues for collaboration.

Perspectives on Arab and Global Philanthropy: Roles and Approaches

July 1, 2015

This is report of the consultative meeting held in Berlin 3-4 June 2015 on "Perspectives on Arab & Global Philanthropy: Roles and Approaches". The objective of the meeting was to highlight the changing landscape of philanthropy around the world and to understand how local traditions of giving and local discourses, such as from the Arab region, are building on global best practice and evolving patterns of philanthropy. The meeting included sessions covering local traditions, evolving areas of philanthropy (individual, family and corporate philanthropy, community philanthropy and impact investing/social investment), the role of philanthropy in society and its relationship to governments, and accountability, transparency and governance, and our own legitimacy.

Youth Unemployment in Europe: Appraisal and Policy Options

August 1, 2014

The alarming rise of youth unemployment rates following the recent economic turmoil has challenged national as well as European labour market policies. With more than 5.5 million young people in the EU struggling to find jobs, there is an urgent need to develop strategies for combatting youth unemployment, in order to avoid a lost generation of European youths threatened by lasting disadvantages in terms of labour market and social position.Against this background, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has commissioned the present study from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Its aims are to survey the development of youth unemployment in Europe, to identify the relevant institutional and economic drivers and to discuss the necessary courses of action to achieve a better integration of young adults into the labour market. While the study covers the perspective of the EU member states as a whole, it strongly focusses on southern European countries, which are especially suffering from the current youth unemployment crisis. Its core part is comprised of three country reports which detail the situation in Italy, Spain and Portugal, and review current and potential future policy initiatives that could help in reducing youth unemployment.

The Future of Foundations : A Study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on Behalf of Robert Bosch Stiftung

January 1, 2014

The Robert Bosch Stiftung decided to use its 50th anniversary as an opportunity to examine the future viability of the foundation sector. The question of the "Future of Foundations" is initially a question of the potential of foundation activities and then of professionalism. How do foundations need to position their organization and their work to use the resources available in the best way possible for the good of society? Roland Berger Strategy Consultants conducted this study offering an entrepreneurial perspective on the foundation industry. As part of the study, a number of interviews and discussions were held with notable professionals and experts from the world of foundations. A bibliography is included at the end of the document.

Asyl und Asylbewerber: Wahrnehmungen und Haltungen der Bevölkerung 2014 : Ergebnisse einer Repräsentativen Umfrage

January 1, 2014

The Allensbach Institute conducted a representative survey on behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung on the general public's perceptions, attitudes, and experiences with regard to the asylum seekers and asylum in general.Every day the media reports on humanitarian catastrophes and on the flood of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other crisis-stricken areas of the world. Despite the media's current extreme focus on this issue, wide swaths of the population do not pay it any mind. Up until now, the situation and status of those seeking asylum in Germany have rarely been analyzed scientifically, and the information available is incomplete.The Robert Bosch Stiftung would like to help fill in the gaps and, as such, has commissioned additional studies in response to the survey. Comparing this to data from the Allensbach Institute's archives made it possible to illustrate changes over a period of 20 or 30 years when presenting the results.A total of 1,503 people aged 16 years and older were personally questioned between May 28 and June 13, 2014, within the scope of a representative survey.When evaluating the results, one positive finding was that 66 percent of the participants stated that they could see themselves personally supporting asylum seekers, such as through clothing and food donations or volunteer work. A total of 42 percent of the population view closer contact with asylum seekers as interesting.The key findings are summarized in this online publication.