• Ben Okri’s electrifying keynote on ending exclusion

    Inclusion is at the heart of Sustainable Development Goal 16, but exclusion has become accepted across the Commonwealth. How can institutions and civic voices ensure that inclusion, rather than exclusion, becomes the norm? Ben Okri, one of Africa’s foremost authors and poets, opened the Commonwealth People’s Forum 2018 with an address on how civil society […]

    Posted on

  • Commonwealth People’s Forum 2018 in pictures

    Award-winning photographer Vicki Couchman provided photo coverage throughout the three days of the Commonwealth People’s Forum 2018. The pictures are now available for download in high resolution from the Foundation’s Flickr and Facebook pages. Continue to the full collection and free downloads 

    Posted on

  • Citizen-generated data for a change

    ‘Citizen-generated and evidence-based data’ are terms we hear more and more about in the discourse around monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I joined Mansuriah alongside other colleagues from the Foundation and EASSI on the learning visit to Gender Links earlier this month and thought the Gender Barometer they have developed was […]

    Posted on

  • Adaptation, or justice? Climate action in the Pacific

    The purchase of land has been sanctioned to relocate the population of Kiribati in the face of climate change impacts. If this happens, it could spell the end of a sovereign state due to climate change. How does Pacific civil society plan to respond to the immediacy of the threat?

    Posted on

  • Learning exchange between Citizens UK and SAAYE

    As part of capacity development support to the South African Alliance on Youth Employment (SAAYE), the Foundation has brokered a learning exchange with Citizens UK trialling a new model of support.

    Posted on

  • The Foundation’s Network Effectiveness Framework: what’s it all about?

    Over the last few years I’ve had the privilege of working with a number of the Foundation’s civil society partners across the globe. Many of our partners have initiated exciting projects to address some of the most pressing issues of our time: youth unemployment, sustainable energy, climate justice. For civil society, one of the ways […]

    Posted on

  • Restoring the social bargain. Some reflections from IDS’s 50th Anniversary conference

    Last week I attended the 2day IDS 50th Anniversary conference: States, Markets and Society: Defining a new era for development. It was a great opportunity to listen to and participate in discussions with some well-known and respected thinkers in the development field and a handful of practitioners from various corners of the globe.

    Posted on