Opening up government process for sustainable development goals

Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.

The project is led by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Involve UK, a public participation charity. It is linked to the International Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society of 70 countries are working together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. » Continue reading news item ... “Opening up government process for sustainable development goals”

Social financing for environmental charities

New research by New Philanthropy Capital analyses the current financing for Northern Ireland’s environmental NGOs and alternative forms of finance for the future.

NPC was commissioned to support Building Change Trust and Northern Ireland Environment Link in exploring and understanding the potential for social investment – the use of repayable finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return for the sector.

An executive summary of ‘The potential for Social Investment to finance the Environment NGO Sector in Northern Ireland’ is available from NPC, or go to Building Change Trust news item for the full report (pdf, 1.7MB) » Continue reading news item ... “Social financing for environmental charities”

EU referendum: Scottish charities advice, wildlife impact

The charity regulator north of the border has issued its own guidance for how Scottish charities can engage with the European Union referendum, with a somewhat more positive approach than its southerly neighbour.

“Reflecting the Regulator’s well-received guidance for charities during the Scottish independence referendum, the new guidance sets out for those running the country’s 24,000 charities what they must consider if they intend to campaign or make public statement in the run-up to the poll on 23 June.”

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Low carbon neighbourhoods, heritage volunteers

A couple of short (and rather different) environmental items.

The ‘Low carbon neighbourhood planning guidebook‘, from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, has been updated.

“This popular publication (nearly 2,000 downloads in the past 6 months) explores what communities can do – through neighbourhood planning – to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty.”

The 39 page pdf download is 1.6MB. » Continue reading news item ... “Low carbon neighbourhoods, heritage volunteers”

Sharing solutions to social and environmental issues

A new online platform invites change agents “working on solutions to the hard problems of the 21st century … to collaborate with your peers, learn what’s working, innovate, and adapt”. The Resilience Exchange being developed by Sphaera has backing from the Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam America and the Skoll Foundation, amongst others.

The peer-to-peer approach will collate the knowledge of funders and practitioners working to solve social and environmental issues around the world. » Continue reading news item ... “Sharing solutions to social and environmental issues”

Scottish communities in decision making

Over 10 years after Community Planning Partnerships were formed across Scotland, the third sector experience of them has been mixed. Voluntary Action Scotland, the network body for local support organisations, has put forward a new democratic vision for Community Planning that puts local people at the centre.

More about ‘Reimagining Community Planning in Scotland: A Vision from the Third Sector’ in this VAS news item, with link to the paper (pdf, 776KB). » Continue reading news item ... “Scottish communities in decision making”