Stop the Bleeding

TrustAfrica is supporting African civil society organisations in launching a popular campaign called “Stop the Bleeding – Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa’’.

The campaign aims to stop the loss of an estimated $50 billion each year which leaves the continent through illicit activities of multinational companies and rich individuals. The initiative is rooted in African experiences, driven by African agency and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It seeks to mobilise ordinary people and key constituencies such as students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to be a key part of the voices for change.

The song you hear is a part of that, as it encompasses the ideas driving the motivation for change in a shareable way.

Join the campaign by signing the petition

Follow the campaign through twitter #stopthebleeding

Supported Options Initiative

The Supported Options Initiative aims to improve the support and advice available to young people and children in the UK who do not have regular immigration status or are undocumented. Many of these young people feel that they are unable, or for various reasons are unwilling, to approach organisations for help. There may also be only very limited options available through which they can seek to address their situation.

An estimated 120,000 children in the UK have no legal status so are undocumented or irregular. Lack of legal status blocks them from fulfilling their potential and many experience barriers to health, education, work and social welfare. Sources of specialist support are scarce and mainstream organisations are not equipped to help—a situation exacerbated by cuts to legal aid for immigration work in 2013.

Supported Options has three aims: first, increased citizenship registration of marginalised UK-born children; second, improved support to young people with irregular immigration status to explore their options and make choices about their future. The third initiative aim is to understand the experiences of young people and share this and practical responses with practitioners and policy makers.

By grant-funding a small number of charities and law centres to collaborate with others in designing and operating new approaches, Supported Options encourages and supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status in the UK to live full lives. This initiative seed-funds new ideas; commissions research on knowledge gaps; supports a practitioner network; and shares learning through reports, online web resources, blogs, and events—like the recent Innovation Lab (pictured here), which brings young people together to discuss in new creative ways issues that may restrict their day to day lives.

Delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy, Supported Options is a special initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Quality Education for Cocoa Communities

The Jacobs Foundation Livelihood Programme aims to improve the living conditions of families in rural areas of West Africa. The project in Ivory Coast has shown the importance of understanding and integrating social, cultural and economic realities of vulnerable communities into projects that focus on improving access to education.

Alongside the provision of technical support and entrepreneurship training for smallholder farmers, the project aimed to improve education at 7 schools in the region by supporting close collaboration between teachers, management, parent-teacher associations and the community.

In 2015, after gaining experience with the Livelihood Programme, the Jacobs Foundation has committed CHF 50 million to change the situation in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast by implementing a comprehensive strategy to transform education, empower women, and ensure child protection.

This initiative is called TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities), and it builds on CocoaAction, an unprecedented commitment of the private sector to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

Learning in Stadiums – Civic Education at Learning Centers in Soccer Stadiums

The idea of using soccer stadiums as places of learning is based on the British “Study Support Centre” model, which utilises young people’s enthusiasm for the sport to encourage them to take up educational offers.

Since 2010 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been working in conjunction with the Bundesliga-Stiftung (German federal soccer league foundation) to fund centres of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, and Nürnberg.

These learning centres are aimed at school students, particularly from Hauptschulen, in grades seven to ten and young soccer fans in general. The idea is to use the atmosphere of the stadium to appeal to the types of young people on whom traditional educational services generally have little impact.

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On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go

The aim of the Ideas Prize “On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go!” is to build on the different connections between people that form Europe. Whether through culture, education, welfare, health, the environment, or sport, the aim is to bring together enthusiastic EU citizens from diverse backgrounds and support them to realise charitable projects across Europe’s borders.

Under the motto “On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go!” the foundation is supporting projects which bring together participants from Germany, France and at least one other EU country. In doing so the participants have the opportunity to realise their projects on an international scale and become part of a wider network of committed European citizens.

The project is being funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung along with the Deutsch-Französisches Institut Ludwigsburg (dfi), a foundation that supports civil and social engagement in Europe.

Stay tuned to find out which projects they will be funding! 

Fort Middelgrund to become “Youth Island”

The Danish Guide and Scout Association, the Association are taking over Fort Middelgrund in Øresund sound. The association aims to convert the island into a centre where children and youths can develop into active, involved and inquisitive individuals who assume leadership for positive social change.

Youth Island 

The Danish Guide and Scout Association have taken the initiative to set up a new foundation through which the guide and scout movement will convert Fort Middelgrund into “Youth Island”, an original activity lab created by and for children and youths where challenging activities and profound experiences will help them to develop and cultivate a sense of community, outdoor life and social responsibility.

A grant of DKK 20 million from the foundations Nordea-fonden and A. P. Møller Fonden made it possible to buy Fort Middelgrund, which was taken over on 1 April 2015.

Activity Lab 

“This project provides children and youths with an ambitious, unique centre of activity for developing positive social change. The elements of creative force, responsibility and focus on community and outdoor life are essential for rewarding guide and scouting activities, and these same elements are also essential for Youth Island. The aim of the island is to become a laboratory in which these elements are mixed and criss-crossed to create activities that will make a lasting impression on children and youths in the form of new perspectives on and a renewed desire for outdoor activities, togetherness and social involvement,” says David Hansen, Scout Manager, Danish Guide and Scout Association.

Right Here

Right Here was a five-year, £6m initiative jointly managed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation that ran from 2009 to 2014. It aimed to develop new approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK aged 16 to 25 focusing on intervening early to help young people at risk of developing mental health problems and to tackling the stigma associated with mental health that often prevents young people seeking help.

In the link here you can find out more through articles co-authored by Mark Brown and Susan Blishen which focus upon the practical lessons learnt by Right Here about ways to manage, develop, evaluate and carry out youth work-led mental health projects for young people.

Recognising the qualifications of Immigrant Doctors and Nurses

Of the 200 million international migrants estimated to live in the world about 450,000 are legally residing in Portugal. Since 2001 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has been taking a more active role in relation to migration and integration. One of the projects it has been running since 2002 works to recognise the qualifications and experience of immigrant doctors and nurses to allow them to integrate into the Portuguese healthcare system.

The project began as a result of 3 converging trends:

  • A recognised shortage of Portuguese doctors which resulted in the need to contract, every year, hundreds of Spanish doctors in order to avoid serious ruptures in the National Health Service.
  • The determination felt by the Gulbenkian Foundation to put theory into practice by creating and financing projects. Projects, which demonstrate the social and professional integration of qualified immigrants, allowing these men and women to practice their professions in Portugal in a legal and dignified manner. Professions for which they were trained in their countries of origin.

The significant number of immigrants with superior qualifications, legally residing all over the country, who found themselves performing unskilled labour in civil construction, domestic or restaurant work. The Gulbenkian Foundation worked in partnership with the NGO Jesuit Service Portugal. Together they helped qualified immigrants were supported so they were able to stop working and concentrate on studying to achieve the necessary recognition qualifications in Portugal. Recipients received financial support, help with learning Portuguese and aid with establishing protocols with the national authority and the ministry of health.

This projects was able to integrate in the National Health System 106 medical doctors and 55 nurses, helping to develop the destination country and, indirectly, the origin country with higher remittances.

Moving On Up

The Trust for London, jointly with the City Bridge Trust, has launched a new Special Initiative called ‘Moving on Up’ which aims to increase the employment rates of young black men in London by funding work that will improve the support offered to them and increase their pathways into employment. This is a two-year Initiative and approximately £1.1m will be invested.

The target group is young people aged 16-24 who are from black British, black African, black Caribbean and mixed black ethnic groups who are actively seeking work.  Suitable organisations were invited to submit an application for work which addressed one or more of the following:

Find out more about Moving on Up here

And read the detailed action plan here

Urban Beekeeping in Oslo

A project to build two apiaries on the roof of Mathellen Oslo, a food court in the Norwegian capital’s Vulkan neighbourhood, proves that urban beekeeping is not only feasible, but an effective way of raising awareness of the plight of bees and their important role in the natural ecosystem.

The initiative is being funded by the DNB Savings Bank Foundation. “The project has generated far more attention among the media and general public than we had ever imagined,” explains Marcus Christensen, grant advisor at the DNB Savings Bank Foundation.

Part of its success is due to the strong visual appeal of the beehives used. Each housing around 160,000 bees, the hexagonal birch wood hives, designed by Oslo’s best known architectural design studio Snøhetta, are a far cry from the standard commercial boxes normally used by beekeepers.

The beehives, which were built in 2014, produced some 80 kg of honey in their first year, with the bees travelling distances of up to 3 kilometres to collect nectar from flowers and trees. Du Rietz collects data on the humidity, temperature and quantity of honey but says that he was surprised by the results of laboratory tests run to test the quality of the honey.

“It contained no traces of pollution, it was as clean as the honey I collect on my farm in the countryside,” he observed

Text taken from an article by Vita Sgardello in the Spring edition of Effect magazine