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The International Financial Flows and the Environment project of the World Resources Institute provides important research and data to nongovernmental organizations and key public and private institutions on international financial flows and public policy options. This grant increase will allow the World Resources Institute to take advantage of a unique opportunity to develop innovative financing mechanisms to compensate countries that are willing to forego exploitation of oil and gas reserves in fragile and unique ecosystems. The increase will support research, publications, technical services, and travel costs associated with a workshop that will explore potential financing options.
Friends of the Earth is the United States affiliate of an international network of environmental organizations in 70 countries. Through this project, Friends of the Earth works to strengthen environmental policies in the institutions and negotiations that govern international finance and trade. During this grant period, the objectives of the project will be to address the environmental and social impacts of key development financiers and new global financial actors; advocate for a shift of global investment from conventional energy to sustainable and renewable energy; promote the financing of sustainable infrastructure; advocate for sustainable and socially equitable development in conflict areas; and advocate for sustainable international trade and investment policies.
Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support is a global network linking 152 philanthropic associations and support organizations through international exchange, information services, networking, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Recent accomplishments include the hosting of a global forum, organization of webinars and peer learning events, the development of several useful knowledge products, the creation of a Global Philanthropy Data Charter and associated web site, and the expansion of paid membership. Over the upcoming grant period, the network will pursue the following strategic areas: (1) thought leadership, (2) network building and engagement, (3) knowledge and capacity building, and (4) governance and sustainability. This will include the preparation of a global forum in 2017, 16 webinars, 4 face-to-face regional learning and sharing meetings, a toolkit on transparency and accountability, case studies on local cultures of giving, two new reports for an Infrastructure in Focus Series, and other activities.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and South Africa. The overall goal of our work in these regions is to develop and strengthen civil society by promoting civic participation in democratic processes at the local, national and regional levels; strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and addressing issues related to race and reconciliation and transitional justice.
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