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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.