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Aligning philanthropy and social development with Sustainable Development Goals

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations in 2015 has resulted in a seismic shift in the social development and humanitarian sectors. The 17 SDGs offer a blueprint that aims to align economic, social and environmental development. They are the most visionary development goals ever set and the intent behind the global goals is to mobilise …

Fighting for survival – an uncertain future for the humanitarian sector

The humanitarian sector is grappling with an uncertain future. Not only is there less money to go around, the sector is becoming more crowded and competitive and funders are looking for greater innovation with new models and ways of thinking.This is putting unprecedented pressure on NGOs and many experts believe that NGOs as we know them are on the brink …

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Towards 2030: Redesigning the future of humanitarian sector

Increased complexityThere is no doubt as the world changes, so we will have to reimagine the way philanthropy, grantmaking and corporate social investment is conducted. An intimidating range of forces—globalization, a changing ecosystem, economic crisis, and ubiquitous connective technologies, to name just a few—are changing both what social investors is called upon to do and how philanthropists, grantmakers, donors and …

Theory of change – a critical tool for development professionals

The theory of change concept was originally developed to model and evaluate complex change initiatives, so it is closely related to systems change.The Aspen Roundtable on Community Change – which pioneered theory of change in the 1990s—has used it to explore areas like tackling systemic racism or promoting equitable economic development. Over time this practice became widely adopted and more …