Disability Thematic Network Autumn Forum

This meeting is a key opportunity for foundations working on a range of issues relating to disability including how to mainstream disability, to connect with each other and to explore potential synergies and collaboration. The event will also mark the official launch of the mapping ‘Institutional philanthropy – a focus on disability’ recently commissioned by the EFC Disability Thematic Network (DTN).

The recently published report “Institutional Philanthropy – A focus on disability” of the European Foundation Centre commissioned by the Disability Thematic Network, will be also officially launched. It represents the first attempt to provide an up-to-date picture of EFC members and other funders active in the field of disability – whether part of their core mission or just one of their fields of action – and an insight to better understand their practices.

Please note that this is an event open to funders only.

For further information please contact Giulia Lombardi glombardi@efc.be

European Environmental Funders Group 5th Annual meeting

The 5th annual meeting of the network will bring funders together with diverse stakeholders (NGOs, policy-makers, think-tanks, business, other) to discuss systemic issues affecting the environmental agenda. This is a great opportunity for networking, intelligence sharing, strategic reflection on funding opportunities and start-ups.

For the time being, just keep the dates in mind, and more information will follow soon!

For more information contact mvrana@efc.be

Policy Par Là: Is Development Fit for Purpose?


Join the first Policy Par Là of 2015 which will tackle the question “Is Development Fit for Purpose?”.  At the start of the 2015 European Year for Development we want to take a critical look at international development, its role, evolution and ultimately whether current models are fit for purpose.

Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, will set the stage for a discussion on the dilemmas posed and faced by international aid and development funding. With this Policy Par Là, we seek to stimulate frank and open exchange on the development discourse and practice and more specifically on where development aid and delivery as currently practiced sits in its relationship to local communities and how it impacts upon their resilience and sustainability.

Policy Par Là is EFC’s modern interpretation of the concept of the parlour, important throughout the centuries as a place for sparking intellectual curiosity and encouraging the exchange of ideas and ideologies. We seek to provoke and stimulate exchange of perspectives and debate on key policy issues our society and philanthropic organisations are grappling with. What makes EFC Policy Par Là unique is our thrust to bring new or unusual voices and perspectives to policy exchanges in Brussels and to create a space and opportunity to debunk myth and legend and help frame a policy discipline fit for our times.

Policy Par Là is open to anyone who has an interest in the topic under discussion – EFC members and other actors in the world of philanthropy, the media, European and international institutions, think tanks etc. Participation is free of charge and includes a light lunch.

If you wish to attend, please send an email to policy@efc.be by Thursday 5 February

While you're here...
Make the most of your visit to Philanthropy House and check out our fantastic new exhibition, Project Malawi - a set of astounding, dramatic and thought-provoking photographs and accompanying stories which represent an aquarelle of the daily lives - and hopes – of mothers and children in this beautiful country despite the spectre of HIV/AIDS. Cristina Toscano from Fondazione Cariplo and Elena Flor from IntesaSanpaolo, will present Project Malawi and will be accompanied by the exhibition's photographer Luigi Baldelli.