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Advancing human rights : update on global foundation grantmaking : key findings

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This paper analyses the current (as of 2012) state of global human rights funding. Through the use of tables, graphs and other methods of data presentation, the International Human Rights Funders Group​ (IHRFG) outline the largest grants foundations, where and how the money is spent by these foundations, and the causes which these funds are spent on

Evidence-based decision-making for funding allocations

DE GEOFFREY, Veronique
LEON, Valerie
September 2015

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This is a study analyses a number of donors to explore how evidence-based information impacts decision making. The study aims to: (i) describe the current practices of a selection of donors in making decisions about resource allocation; (ii) identify the key factors that determine whether or not evidence is used; (iii) identify areas for further discussion among Good Humanitarian Donorship donors that could help strengthen evidence-based decision making. After analysing these three things, the study makes 11 recommendations for further discussion amongst donors 

Being counted : funding for people with disabilities

July 2015

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This blog post  by Diana Samarasan, executive Director of the disability Rights Find and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, focuses on the disadvantages faced by the disabled community in the sphere of human rights and charitable funding. The central argument is that the current system of disability funding is too fragmented, and that only a more holistic approach to funding will be able to cater to the varied needs of people with disabilities across the world

Human Rights
December 2014

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Malezi AIDS Care Awareness Organization (MACAO) is a non-profit organization reaching out to neglected Indigenous people in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region of Northern Tanzania.  Macao founded in 2003, Macao is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance to approximately 200,000 Indigenous Maasai community in Ngorongoro district for addressing needs of water and sanitation, food security, health Care Research, Education, Research environment, Maasai Traditional Research, Human Rights and sustainable economic development by strengthening their livelihoods.  In addition to responding to major relief situations, MACAO focuses on long-term community development through over 4 Area Development Project. We welcome the donors and volunteers to join us in this programs, we are wolking in ruro villages.

Strategic funding : strengthening partnernship for real development

June 2010

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'This learning paper considers how strategic funding allows community based and non-governmental organisations the flexibility to develop their responses to HIV and AIDS; it creates the space for organisational development to enable those changes and for organisations to learn from, and share with, each other'

Punishing success? Early signs of a retreat from commitment to HIV/AIDS care and treatment

November 2009

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Although there have been many achievements over the past decade in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic and increasing access to treatment and care in high-burden countries, there is growing trend among many donors to pull back from their commitments, with a number of large agreements ending next year and no further agreements made

Monitoring financial flows for health research 2006 : the changing landscape of health research for development

MATLIN, Stephen

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This study aims to provide NGOs and decision-makers with an overview of currently available information on resource flows into health research. It paints the picture of a changing landscape, with an increased number of actors and increases in resources for health promotion and health research in developing countries. The document provides statistical data on global spending on R&D for health, looks at trends and patterns of morbidity and mortality and discusses health research challenges and priorities for the public sector

Maximising the impact of development research : how can funders encourage more effective research communication?

RAY, Deepayan Basu

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This Report is the main output of a workshop that was held in October 2006 to ask the question How can funders encourage more effective research communication? The workshop brought together invited participants drawn from three groups: research funders (international agencies, foundations, and research councils involved in funding development research); research organisations and networks from around the world involved in carrying out research, and with an interest in effective research communication; and knowledge intermediaries involved in communicating research

Financing ICTs for development : efforts of DAC members. Review of recent trends of ODA and its contribution


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This report provides policy-oriented analysis of donor support for information and communication technologies for development, with particular attention to recent trends in bilateral ODA commitments for ICT infrastructure as well as other ICT assistance. This analysis is illustrated with an abundance of statistical charts, highlights and annexes. The study furthermore seeks to analyse the rationale of the donors and other stakeholders to withdraw from the ICT infrastructure support in the 1990s and shift to integrating ICT components into development assistance projects and programmes. New forms of multi-donor partnerships are appearing not only as a joint financing mechanism but also as a platform for exchange of experiences and learning among donor institutions

Analysis of aid in support of HIV/AIDS control, 2000-2002

June 2004

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This report is a review of statistical data on aid to HIV/AIDS control. It was compiled by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Secretariat in collaboration with the members of the DAC Working Party on Statistics (WP-STAT) and UNAIDS between February and May 2004. The key findings are presented concerning total official development assistance commitments for HIV/AIDS control, and bilateral aid. It also includes contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The report notes that larger donors especially multilaterals are the main funders of treatment programmes, which require substantial funding and long term commitments. Smaller donors tend to concentrate on HIV prevention, but also support home-based care and social mitigation activities

Donor ICT strategies matrix : revision


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This document is summary on how bilateral and multilateral donors have incorporated information and communication technologies (ICT) in their development assistance programmes. It is an update of two earlier versions and is organised alphabetically by donor country and multilateral organisation. The report also contains a number of strategy papers and related documents. It was compiled and updated by the Development Assistance Committee/Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development



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This book is a practical, easy to read guide for development organisations looking to diversify their funding base. It offers a step by step approach to creating a funding strategy; an overview of the different types of funding sources available; and considers ethical fundraising principles specifically from a Christian viewpoint. There are also suggestion as to how the material might be adapted to a workshop setting. Case studies from local NGOs in developing countries provide real life examples of fundraising and the lessons learned. This resource is also available online in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Financing of social sectors : state of art in the international development debate

KLASEN, Stephan

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The development of poverty reduction strategies in recent years has seen a shift from a focus on income growth to a multidimensional approach, which aims to help the poor through improving the performance of all social sectors, including health, education and social protection. While the Millennium Development Goals espouse this view, progress is often patchy and unsatisfactory mainly due to insufficient funds and ineffective donors' involvement. This study discusses current financing practices through traditional project aid. It shows how and why they often fail to promote local ownership, sustainability, poor people priorities, capacity development and aid coordination. The study calls for the adoption of 'new' aid instruments, highlighting the benefits of direct budgetary support (DBS) and transitional arrangements, such as basket funding. This issues study is aimed at policy makers, donors, and NGOs, and it is an essential tool for anyone interested in the debate on development funding

UK AIDS aid : an analysis of DFID HIV/AIDS expenditure

JANJUA, Harinder
November 2003

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This report collates available evidence to determine how much the UK government is currently spending on HIV/AIDS in developing countries and countries in transition. It points out that a desire to see HIV/AIDS mainstreamed within development work is inconsistent with a desire for clear vertical budget lines. It makes recommendations for future campaign demands and for DFID's statements on its spending

Report on HIV/AIDS grant making by US philanthropy

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November 2003

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This report gives an update on US private institutional grant making commitments in 2001 and 2002 in the area of HIV and AIDS. It summarises the most current data on HIV-related grant commitments from all sections of US philanthropy including private, family and community foundations, public charities and corporate grantmaking programmes. It lists the top 50 US based HIV/AIDS grant makers and has expanded reporting on corporate philanthropic responses

Learning from work : an opportunity missed or taken?

LUDIN, Jawed
March 2003

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This paper focuses on learning at the project level. It is based on findings from two small surveys carried out by BOND involving NGOs and donor organisations respectively. The first section, Learning Through a Project Cycle, mainly covers the views of BOND member NGOs about the concept of learning as well as whether and how it happens in the context of their day-to-day work. The second section, Learning and Donors, is based largely on the responses of four main donor organisations that took part in the relevant survey. Views of NGOs on the attitude and policies of donors towards learning from project work are also included

Guide to European population assistance


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"In serving governmental and non-governmental institutions world-wide, the Guide to European Population Assistance is intended to be a valuable resource for grant-seekers, as it provides a source of detailed and annually updated information on the variety of public funding in Europe, one of the important donor regions globally. "Each of the 34 entries gives contact information, a statement on the organisation's/institution's purpose and mission, a review of financial information and, most importantly, detailed information about how to put in a proposal and how to apply for funding. "The data of the different institutions are as recent as 2003. Although its structure follows a uniform format, the institution profiles are taken from information released by the listed institutions themselves. Input from national ICPD-NGOs has been added to the profiles. "Throughout the Guide, profiles are in a common format, which may vary slightly from one institution to another. For each listed country, a short history and summary is given about its mission statement, fields of activity and organisational structure."

Financial resources for HIV/AIDS programmes in low and middle income countries over the next five years

November 2002

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This report includes updated information on the costs of responding to HIV and AIDS in developing countries and on the progress in tracking expenditures and mobilising new resources for the response. It gives information on the financial resources required for a credible response to the epidemic and on global progress towards achieving the necessary level of support. It summarises the key interventions required to achieve the overall goals laid out in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS and their related costs. It also includes estimates on the current coverage of those interventions, estimates of financial resources available at the time and elaborates on areas where a consensus is needed for an effective cost-sharing of the global response. It briefly describes a multi-stakeholder response mobilisation strategy

Global spending on HIV/AIDS in resource poor settings

KATES, Jennifer
July 2002

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This policy brief looks at the range of resources currently being expended to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in resource poor settings (developing countries and countries in transition). It includes bilateral, multilateral and private sector support as well as domestic spending by recipient country governments. There are also reports on philanthropic giving by the business community and pharmaceutical companies. There are estimates of global funding requirements and estimates on current spending. It is noted that tracking mechanisms are often ill-equipped to provide current data on spending patterns. Little is known about exact ways in which the money is spent



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