Funder collaborations – approach with caution

Whether we choose to label the state of the world as a global polycrisis (focusing on multiple crises) or a permacrisis (focusing on the long-lasting impact of crises) is to some extent a matter of semantics. The reality is that we are dealing with a complex network of diverse yet interlinked challenges that all require sustainable solutions. But solutions require resources, and with philanthropic funding running dry across the globe, there’s a widespread acceptance of and willingness to collaborate in order to pool resources. What’s more, the complexity of the crises means single foundations or philanthropists can often no longer deal effectively with certain issues.

A new future vision for the humanitarian ecosystem

Global polycrisis requires transformative philanthropy Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read or hear about an existing or new crisis, catastrophe or calamity, critical challenges or being at a crossroads. All these c-words also have another side, the one of cocreation and collaboration. They all exist in a world in constant turmoil, a global polycrisis and a threatening …

Transformative Philanthropy required to deal with a global polycrices

A struggling humanitarian sector amidst a global polycrisis: What lies ahead? The world is facing a global polycrisis of multiple, intersecting emergencies and disasters that require humanitarian intervention. We can no longer focus on solving a single problem at a time. We need a new social development model that can deal with highly complex problems while making provision for an …

7 lessons learnt during the pandemic?

Every year Next Genration publishes a research report for the grantmaking, social investment, humanitarian, philanthropy and development sector focusing on trends That is, until 2020 happened!2021 was a year of reflection – and here is what we learnt. Lesson 1: Complexity requires clear strategy Whilst 2020 required rapid responses to several issues all at once – to survive the pandemic, …

TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: Philanthropy and grantmaking 2030

No one can argue that 2020 and 2021 have been difficult years. Even more so for those of us that work in the humanitarian ecosystem.  Not only did we have to abandon well-crafted long-term strategies to respond to the human crises resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, but we had to change the way we operate and collaborate.  Much has been …

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Reimagining A Future For Corporate Social Investment

We are entering a new world order and future blockbusters and documentaries about the past will probably refer to the eras before coronavirus (BC) and after coronavirus (AC). Whatever your worldview, it is now clear from the world’s collective experiences and expectations of the future that it will be about restructuring the economic, environmental and social order in which business, …

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Blended Finance

Innovative and blended finance as a route to greater social impact and sustainabilityThere are three ways in which private resources can be harnessed for meeting societal needs: Through charitable giving and philanthropy Through corporate social responsibility programmes Through the latest arrival in the marketplace for doing good – impact investing. Social finance is a rapidly growing industry – the number …