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Closing Space for Environmental Work

Closing Space for Environmental Work

Posted on 2 May 2017

In a recent EFN survey of 92 chief executives of environmental organisations, nearly half of the respondents indicated that their organisations' funding, strategy or other activities are being constrained by the so-called ‘closing space’ for civil society, here in the UK and in countries spanning the globe. The solutions will likely require groups to work across issue areas. How can funders help?

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Funding the food and farming CSO sector – challenges and solutions

Funding the food and farming CSO sector – challenges and solutions

Posted on 12 Apr 2017

We believe our current food system is broken, causing not just environmental damage, but epidemics in obesity and diabetes, poverty amongst food and farm workers, and the mistreatment of animals. Last year the Food Ethics Council was commissioned by a group of funders to conduct a census of CSOs in order to develop a picture of the voluntary sector on food, farming and fishing in the UK. The census indicates that the challenges faced by the food system are getting worse. And despite the best efforts of CSOs, the sector’s response is not commensurate with the scale and urgency of the challenges.

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Mind the Gap: A rough guide to the allocation of forest grants

Mind the Gap: A rough guide to the allocation of forest grants

Posted on 10 Jan 2017

EFN’s Forest Funders Group has developed a methodology for mapping forest-related grants. The aim is to profile the flow of forest grants around specific issues, geographies and theories of change, and in doing so help funders to gain a better sense of forest philanthropy in the round, and reflect on the place of their portfolios within it. This trial analysis of a subset of grants offers some tantalising points for reflection.

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Civil society organisations in the global South and disruptive change: implications for funders

Civil society organisations in the global South and disruptive change: implications for funders

Posted on 20 Dec 2016

Over the last year and a half or so, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has been working to understand how leaders of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the South experience, and engage with, disruptive change that has impacts on their organisations. Now a new report looks at the implications of disruptive change in Southern CSOs for funders.

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Three Questions Environmental Justice Funders Need to Consider Today

Three Questions Environmental Justice Funders Need to Consider Today

Posted on 28 Oct 2016

We are at a key moment in history. If business as usual continues, we have just five years left before we reach the critical global temperature rise of 1.5C. Despite some of the world’s largest economies recently ratifying the Paris Agreement, there seems little real commitment to tackle the big transition required to change course from this trajectory. Civil society is mobilising in response, but finds itself under pressure from state and non-state actors alike. At Global Greengrants Fund we are discussing what our priorities should be over the next five years within this context. Three fundamental questions underlie our thinking.

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Can Conservation Succeed in a Silo?

Can Conservation Succeed in a Silo?

Posted on 7 Sep 2016

Seldom are ‘environmental’ issues ‘merely’ environmental issues; often they are part of larger, connected and complex resource, social and health concerns. Responding effectively to these connected challenges requires integrated solutions, but two problems are faced in doing so. Firstly, few conservationists take the multi-dimensionality of the issues into account when designing programmes. Secondly, few funding partners realise that existing funding policies often prevent one of the most suitable approaches to many conservation issues being implemented in the first place.

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Killed for Protecting the Environment – What funders can do in the wake of Berta Cáceres’ murder

Killed for Protecting the Environment – What funders can do in the wake of Berta Cáceres’ murder

Posted on 4 Apr 2016

The recent assassinations of internationally renowned Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres and her colleague Nelson García have shone a tragic spotlight on the dangers facing those defending their land and traditional ways of life from powerful government and corporate interests. What can funders do to support environmental campaigners under threat? How can we keep our partners safe and ensure that their vital fight for their basic needs, and some of the world’s most endangered habitats, can continue?

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The Ecology of Environmental Funders

The Ecology of Environmental Funders

Posted on 29 Feb 2016

Late last year, Collaborate published their second report on A New Funding Ecology in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund. It prompted EFN to start thinking: what do we know about the ecology of the funders who support environmental causes? What niches do they occupy and how are they connected? Which niches are crowded and which ones are occupied by few funders? Does it matter? Would it be useful, as a funder, to know who occupies very similar or very different niches from you?

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Outside the comfort zone – reflections on funding environmental movements overseas

Outside the comfort zone – reflections on funding environmental movements overseas

Posted on 7 Dec 2015

As a funder working to save tropical forests, we’ve always had a focus on cleaning up our own back yard – namely driving deforestation out of the supply chains that suck huge amounts of paper, palm oil and timber out of rainforests (or rather, land that used to be rainforest) and dump the product into stores across Europe. But to quote one NGO director, “a campaign that doesn’t follow through is a campaign that didn’t win”. And with this in mind we embarked on the part that comes next – making policy and market commitments bite in countries that still have forests to chop down.

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