Archive for the ‘International’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

INEQUALITY

‘Pikettymania’ and Inequality in the U.S.; The gap between top and bottom is clear. Not so clear is whether shaving the top is the best way to help the bottom.” By Alan S. Blinder. Opinion. Wall Street Journal. June 22, 2014.

The Great Divide: Inequality Is Not Inevitable.” By Joseph Steiglitz. New York Times. June 28, 2014.

IRELAND

474 infants’ bodies used for medical research.” By David Charter. Times of London. June 26 2014.

SPAIN

Spanish Judge Recommends Princess Cristina Be Charged in Corruption Probe; Four-Year Investigation Has Helped Inflame Opposition to Spain’s Monarchy.” By David Román. Wall Street Journal. June 26, 2014.
Related story:
Princess Cristina of Spain Is Charged in Corruption Case.” New York Times. June 26, 2014.

UK

Birmingham Journal: Reading, Writing and Allegations: Muslim School at Center of Debate.” By Katrin Bennhold. New York Times. June 23, 2014.

Start-up success: six lessons for aspiring social entrepreneurs; The founder and chief executive of Enabling Enterprises describes the lessons learnt from starting up his venture: • Five tips for becoming a social entrepreneur in 2014; • How to get ahead … as a social entrepreneur; • How-to guide: social enterprises and managing motivation.” By Tom Ravenscroft. Guardian. June 23, 2014.

Five ways charities can engage long-term donors; New research shows how charities can transform a donor’s outlook from short-term gifts to a philanthropic journey: • Philanthropy is dead. Charities need commercial principles; • Why entrepreneurs like Bill Gates become philanthropists; • Five ways charities can attract rich donors.” By Eddy Hogg and Beth Breeze. Guardian. June 23, 2014.

Greenpeace chief travels to the office by aircraft.” By Ben Webster. Times of London. June 24, 2014.
Related story:
Pascal Husting’s flights cost the charity more than £15,000. Times of London. June 25, 2014.

Green Bank plans £1bn fund to power wind farms.” Bhy Susan Thompson. Times of London. June 24, 2014.

Should charities be as responsible as businesses for paying the living wage? In light of the final report from the Living Wage Commission, the chief executive of NCVO has encouraged charities to pay the living wage – what do you think?
• The living wage offers a better future for the UK’s working poor; • Living wage commission rejects calls for pay legislation
.” By Claudia Cahalane. Guardian. June 24, 2014.

Volunteering at a community garden: ‘It feels great to be getting dirt under my nails’; Carlene Thomas-Bailey spends an afternoon at the OxGrow community garden in Oxford – plus where to volunteer around the country: • How we built OxGrow: transforming a wasteland into a garden.” By Carlene Thomas-Bailey. Guardian. June 24, 2014.

The Economist explains: The economics of Glastonbury.” Economist. June 24, 2014.

Five ways to turn a social media campaign into a movement: Pick a specific cause and appeal on a human level. Jean Dobey explains how charities can make the most of social media: • #BringBackOurGirls: the power of a social media campaign; • How charity chief executives can use social media; • Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about; • 10 years on: what role will social media play?” By Jean Dobey. Guardian. June 25, 2014.

Charity partnerships: ‘It’s amazing what you can achieve when no one cares who gets the credit’; As the Scout Association embarks on its four year strategy, the chief executive tells us why partnerships are key to their success: • Measuring impact: how charities and the private sector can share experiences;
• Corporate partnership exceeds Railway Children chief executive’s expectations
.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 26, 2014.

RELIGION

When Faith Meets Disaster Management.” By Kalinga Seneviratne. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net) June 25, 2014.

VATICAN

Vatican Defrocks Ambassador in Abuse Inquiry.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. June 27, 2014.
Relatedf story:
Jozef Wesolowski, Vatican Ex-Ambassador, Convicted Of Sex Abuse.” Huffington Post. June 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

High Court school chaplaincy funding ruling forces Tony Abbott to rely on states: Chaplaincy decision could set ‘dangerous precedent’.” By Jane Lee, Benjamin Preiss, and Matthew Knott. Sydney Morning Herald. June 20, 2014.

Global fundraising company keeps $7m of $12.2m raised for Special Olympics; NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing says it will investigate Appco Group over gift voucher program.” By Saimi Jeong and Michael Safi. Guardian (UK). June 20, 2014.

FIFA SCANDAL

Fifa’s chiefs pocket secret 100% pay rise.” By Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake. Times of London. June 21, 2014.

INDIA

As NGOs cry foul, seed industry body defends IB report.” Times of India. June 21, 2014.
Related story:
Bapu’s Vidyapith on IB’s list of anti-development NGOs.” Times of India. June 21, 2014.

INEQUALITY

U.S. Economy Will Grow But Not Trickle Down, OECD Warns on Inequality.” By Michelle Tullo. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

How Inherited Wealth Helps the Economy.” By N. Gregory Mankiw. New York Times. June 21, 2014.

Oxfam survey finds widening gap between Australia’s rich and poor.” By Sarah Whyte. Sydney Morning Herald. June 16, 2014.

RELIGION

From Religious Conflict to an Interfaith Community.” By Kanya D’Almeida. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

UK

No Running In The Corridors; Conservative achievements in education have been steady and considerable but sweeping reform is still required.” Editorial. Times of London. June 16, 2014.

Celebrating small charities: our top five stories; It’s small charity week and to celebrate we revisit our most popular blogposts – from how-to guides on charity PR to Coppafeel!’s partnership with the Sun newspaper: • How to guides for small charities; • Enter the Guardian Charity Awards; • How to: become a leader of a small charity.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 16, 2014.

Social enterprise to Africapitalism: do the alternatives to capitalism work? What place should alternative economic models have in the future of the sector? Join us on 19 June 1-3pm BST to discuss.” By Holly Young. Guardian. June 17, 2014.

Charities like Oxfam will not be bullied into silence; As Oxfam’s latest poster campaign is deemed ‘too political’, Asheem Singh explains why charities must move forward as vulnerable people are being left behind by the coalition: • Is the latest Oxfam advertisement too political? • How independent is your charity’s voice? • How to make sure your charity is lobbying for world change; • Lobbying bill: keep calm and carry on campaigning.” By Asheem Singh. Guardian. June 17, 2014.

Why you love working for a small charity – a twitter roundup; To celebrate Small Charities’ Week we asked our twitter followers to tell us why working for a small charity is so great: • Survival stops small charities tendering for contracts; • Becoming a small charity leader – how to do it; • Celebrating small charities: our top five stories; • How small charities can have a big impact – live Q&A.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

Are charities too political? One chief executive believes high-profile campaigns, like Oxfam’s recent Perfect Storm on UK poverty, are not effective: • Is the latest Oxfam advertisement too political? • Charities like Oxfam will not be bullied into silence • How to make sure your charity is lobbying for world change; • Lobbying bill: keep calm and carry on campaigning.” By Andy Elvin. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

“Why being a small charity CEO is like being a Blue Peter presenter; For small charity week, Allison Ogden-Newton explains why nothing beats charity work – even if it means washing towels: • Becoming a small charity leader – how to do it; • How small charities can have a big impact – live Q&A; • Celebrating small charities: our top five stories.” By Allison Ogden–Newton. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

Saltley school governors resign en masse in wake of ‘Trojan horse’ inquiry; Board quits in protest over treatment by Ofsted and local council and voice ‘grave concern’ over remarks made by Michael Gove.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. June 21, 2014.

VANUATU

Pacific Disability Theatre Group Inspires and Educates.” By Catherine Wilson. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Why legal advice proved costly.” Sydney Morning Herald. June 11, 2014.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

“Almost $7 million compensation to Marist Brothers students sexually abused by Brother Kostka.” Sydney Morning Herald. June 11, 2014.

CAMBODIA

Cambodian Activist’s Fall Exposes Broad Deception: Somaly Mam left the foundation bearing her name after questions arose about her history.” By Thomas Fuller. New York Times. June 15, 2014.

CHINA

Chinese teen creates website promoting philanthropy.” Xinhuanet.com. JUNE 9, 2014.

DEVELOPMENT

Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry be Heard?” By Genevieve L. Mathieu. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 14, 2014.

FIFA SCANDAL

Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas and Sony respond to more evidence of FIFA corruption.” By Gail Sullivan. Washington Post. June 9, 2014.
Crunch Time for Fifa.” Opinion. Times of London. June 9 2014.
Qatar 2022: Fifa sponsors back corruption investigation.” BBC News. June 9, 2014.
Sepp Blatter launches broadside against the ‘racist’ British media: • Fifa president claims detractors out to ruin the institution; • ‘Unity is best way to deal with those who would destroy Fifa’.Guardian. June 10, 2014.
The growing stink at FIFA: The case for a replay; New light is being shed on the choice of Qatar to host football’s biggest event in 2022.” Economist. June 10, 2014.
For FIFA, a Tumultuous World Cup: Allegations Mount About Qatar World Cup Before Brazil Opener.” By Matthew Futterman and John Lyons. Wall Street Journal. June 11, 2014.
Platini backs European revolt as Greg Dyke calls for Sepp Blatter to go.” By James Ducker. Times of London. June 11, 2014.
The Beautiful Game: International football is being superseded by the riches of the clubs and its politics and governance are a shambles. The football will have to come to the rescue.” Opinion. Times of London. June 12, 2014.
The Post’s View: FIFA deserves a red card for not doing more on human rights in Qatar.” Editorial. Washington Post. June 13, 2014.
‘The corruption behind the World Cup: Even in soccer-loving Brazil, citizens rail against FIFA and ask why desperately-needed resources are going to the tournament.” MSNBC. June 14, 2014.
Qatar 2022 fights ‘baseless allegations’ over World Cup bid.” BBC News June 14, 2014.

INDIA

Make Sri Anandpur Sahib green city: NGO.” Times of India. June 11, 2014.

India’s Modi Says His Government Will Push for Economic Development; Premier Says He Would Work to ‘Empower the Poor Man so that He Can Fight Poverty’.” By Niharika Mandhana. Wall Street Journal. June 12, 2014.

Review & Outlook: Modi Turns to the Supply Side; The Indian leader’s plan to boost growth and contain inflation.” Wall Street Journal. June 12, 2014.

Congress worker forcibly occupies NGO land in Haridwar.” Times of India. June 13, 2014.

INEQUALITY

U.S. inequality goes beyond dollars and cents.” By Lawrence Summers. Opinion. Washington Post. June 8, 2014.

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality.” By Steven Conn. Huffington Post. June 9, 2014.

A Strange Tale of Morality: Banks, Financial Institutions and Citizens: In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, argues that it is time to rethink the Seven Deadly Sins in the light of the latter day divide between the have-lots and the have-nots.” By Roberto Savio. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 11, 2014.

“Q&A: ‘Some Individuals Are Now as Wealthy as Entire Countries.” By Gustavo Capdevila: Gustavo Capdevila interviews MUKHISA KITUYI, secretary-general of UNCTAD.” By Gustavo Capdevila. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 14, 2014.

IRELAND

Born in Irish ‘Home’ of 800 babies’ bodies, American recalls its evil.” By Terrence McCoy. Washington Post. June 9, 2014.

MYANMAR

Religion and public policy: America, Myanmar and religious freedom; No hands clapping.” Economist. June 15, 2014.

UK

Review of Extremism in Schools Roils U.K.: Uproar Grows Over Minister’s Order to Probe Birmingham’s Muslim-Majority Institutions.” By Margaret Coker. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014.
Related stories:
Gove told to launch ‘dawn raids’ on schools.” Times of London. June 9, 2014.
Rift Deepens in Britain Over Claims of School Infiltration Plot by Islamic Extremists.” New York Times. June 9, 2014.
‘Trojan horse’ row: Birmingham schools placed in special measures; Park View Educational Trust rejects Ofsted findings of failure and insists schools do not tolerate Islamic extremism.” Guardian. June 9, 2014.
Ministers must rethink outsourcing children’s services: Children, families and social care professionals need to be involved in the discussion: • Privatising child protection: how the state is becoming more authoritarian.” By John Kemmis. Guardian. June 9, 2014.
‘Trojan horse’ row: Birmingham schools placed in special measures; Park View Educational Trust rejects Ofsted findings of failure and insists schools do not tolerate Islamic extremism: • Are snap Ofsted inspections a good idea?Guardian. June 9, 2014.
All schools must promote ‘British values’, says Michael Gove; Education secretary seizes on Ofsted reports finding a culture of fear and intimidation in some Birmingham schools.” Guardian. June 10, 2014.
Curriculum Vitae: There is a tension between giving schools greater autonomy and directing the curriculum. But religious indoctrination cannot be permitted in the classroom.” Editorial. Times of London. June 11, 2014.
Islam school extremism fears spread to Bradford.” Times of London. June 11, 2014.
Let schools keep boys and girls apart, says watchdog.Times of London. June 12, 2014.
‘Trojan horse’ row: Birmingham schools placed in special measures; Park View Educational Trust rejects Ofsted findings of failure and insists schools do not tolerate Islamic extremism: • Are snap Ofsted inspections a good idea?Guardian. June 12, 2014.

Portas-approved social enterprise opens second high street store; Most social enterprises only dream of high street success. But Turly Humphreys, founder of Circle Sports, has just launched her second store in Dalston. She tells her story: • What I wish I’d known before starting a crowdfunding campaign; • The sadness of closing a social enterprise• How I went from unpaid intern to trailblazing social changer.” By Turly Humphreys. Guardian. June 9, 2014.

Austerity heightens role of church charities in the voluntary sector; Hard times mean faith-based projects are increasingly the only safety net for thousands of people, says Helen Clifton: • Food bank demand up 54% in 2013; • Food banks are filling gaps left by jobcentres and the DWP; • DWP advising job centres on sending claimants to food banks; • From Scotch eggs to e-courses: how the arts fight cuts.” By Helen Clifton. Guardian. June 9, 2014.

Food bank demand up 54% in 2013: Increase in usage comes from poor in affluent areas due to rise in food prices while disposable income fell, says charity report.” By Maev Kennedy. Guardian. June 9, 2014.
Related stories:
Oxfam’s campaign could have been written by Ed Balls; ‘Breadline Britain’ must have been funded by the British taxpayer.” Guardian. June 11, 2014.
Exclusive: Food bank charity ‘was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith’s aide’; Chair of the Trussell Trust admits it had decided to become less vocal about food poverty in the wake of the incident.” Independent. June 13, 2014.

30 year study shows social ventures more likely to survive than PLCs; Research shatters the myth that social enterprises are more likely to fail than traditional start ups.” By Abbie Rumbold. Guardian. June 11, 2014.

Guardian Charity Awards 2014: how you can win extra recognition; As the Guardian launches its annual awards for small social welfare organisations, previous winners extol their profile-raising powers.” By Rachel Williams. Guardian. June 11, 2014.

From #nomakeupselfie to the Big Knit: six ways charities are innovating; Innovation is the hot topic in the charity sector. As the Charity Innovation Survey is released today, Zoe Amar takes a look at how charities are embracing innovation: • #nomakeupselfie – why it worked; • Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about; • Charities must innovate and take risks to create change; • How charities can balance innovation and financial risk.” By Zoe Amar. Guardian. June 11, 2014.

10 things charities need to know to win a government contract; Bidding and tendering can feel overwhelming for charities. Instead of being confused, there are simple steps you can take, says former commissioner Ruby Casey-Knight: • Austerity heightens role of church charities; • Small charity leaders: what motivates your team?• What do voluntary groups need from their local infrastructure?” By Ruby Casey-Knight. Guardian. June 12, 2014.

Alcohol firms funding charities in order to gain political influence, claims study;
Drinks manufacturers and retailers accused of adopting tobacco industry tactic of ‘corporate philanthropy as a political device’
.” By Denis Campbell. Guardian. June 13, 2014.

Five ways local infrastructure can help support voluntary organisations; Our panel of experts discussed what voluntary and community organisations need from their local infrastructure: • 10 things charities need to win a government contract; • First SIB to fund foster placements: how does it work? • Read the full Q&A.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. June 13, 2014.

A quick guide to speed volunteering; Get the lowdown on Do-it.org and Team London’s technology platform aimed at encouraging more people to volunteer: • Which is better: a volunteer’s time or a funder’s money? • Volunteer of the Year – the results; • What does volunteering mean to you? • Tell us why your volunteering role is the best.” By Jamie Ward-Smith and Team London. Guardian. June 13, 2014.

MBE for Stephen, the teenager who inspired millions.” By Valentine Low. Times of London. June 14, 2014.

How small charities can have a big impact – live Q&A: Small charities are increasingly having to innovate and do more with less to survive. Join us on Friday 20 June to find out what tricks and techniques could work for your small charity: • How to guides for small charities; • Enter the Guardian Charity Awards; • How to: become a leader of a small charity.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. June 14, 2014.

Lily Cole: the digital supermodel.” By Sathnam Sanghera. Times of London. June 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 2-8, 2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Safe Schools program, chaplaincy scheme don’t mix: experts.” By Jill Stark. Sydney Morning Herald. June 8, 2014.

BELGIUM

Antwerp, Belgium, Has 5,000 Secondhand Graves for Sale; City Is Taking a Novel Approach to Preserving Its Tombstone Heritage.” By Matthias Verbergt. Wall Street Journal. June 3, 2014

FIFA SCANDAL

World Cup bribery storm could force fresh vote for 2022 event.” By Matt Dickinson. Times of London. June 2, 2014.
Related stories:

The Ugly Game: If the latest allegations about the process by which Qatar was handed the 2022 World Cup are true then the decision cannot be allowed to stand.” Editorial. Times of London. June 2, 2014.
FFA did not tell federal police of $500,000 allegedly stolen by FIFA executive.” By Jack Warner. Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). June 2, 2014.
Qatar World Cup 2022: Fifa investigation into World Cup vote is ‘ignoring the new evidence’, critics claim.” By Robin Scott-Elliot. Independent (UK). June 3, 2014.
FFA dragged into vote corruption allegations.” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). June 3, 2014
Disgraced bid official gave gifts to Fifa chiefs.” Times of London. June 4, 2014.
Qatar 2022: Fifa set to probe officials over World Cup claims.” BBC News. June 4, 2014.
Throw FIFA Out of the Game.” Op-ed. New York Times. June 8, 2014.
The growing stink at FIFA: The case for a replay; New light is being shed on the choice of Qatar to host football’s biggest event in 2022.” Economist. June 7, 2014.
The Fixer Offense in Soccer.” Editorial. New York Times. June 7, 2014.
Secret deals turn heat on World Cup: Qatari fixer’s $1.7m for key Asian votes and Miliband demands rerun of 2022 bid.Times of London. June 8, 2014.
Qatar 2022: Fifa sponsor demands ‘appropriate investigation‘.” BBC News. June 8, 2014.

MEXICO

Charity in Mexico Takes More Than Good Intentions and Cash: At Los Ojos de Dios, an orphanage, 40 children who were abruptly removed were being returned.” By Julian Aguilar. New York Times. June 7, 2014.

INEQUALITY

On Inequality Denial.” Op-ed. By Paul Krugman. New York Times. June 2, 2014.

Big Money: 7 traits the rich have in common.” By Jeanne Sahadi. CNN. June 2, 2014.

Big Money: The richest Americans in history; Silicon Valley may be minting billionaires today, but tech wealth doesn’t touch the riches of the robber barons.” CNN. June 4, 2014.

The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Income Distribution Debate: In 1992, economist Paul Krugman, now a New York Times columnist, published this article in the Fall issue of The American Prospect. Today, his assertions hold up, especially in answer to the conservative critics of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” By Paul Krugman. American Prospect. June 5, 2014.

Americans’ Wealth Hits Record as Rich Get Richer: Rising Home, Stock Prices Fuel Gains, but Economy May Not See Full Benefit.” By Neil Shah. Wall Street Journal. June 6, 2014.

U.S. household wealth hits record in 1Q.” USA Today/Associated Press. June 6, 2014.

IRELAND

Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers.” By Terrence McCoy. Washington Post. June 3, 2014.
Related stories:
Ireland: Orphanage’s Mass Grave.” New York Times/Associated Press. June 5, 2014.
“Irish church under fire over children’s mass grave.” Boston Globe/Washington Post. June 4, 2014.
Inquiry Urged on Site Called Mass Grave of Irish Babies.New York Times. June 5, 2014.
Bones of 800 babies in nuns’ septic tank.” Times of London. June 6, 2014.
Ireland mass graves: Unearthing one of the darkest chapters in Irish history.” Independent (UK). June 6, 2014.
An Open, Dark Secret: Ireland Reacts To Mass Grave Of Children.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. June 6, 2014.
800 dead babies are probably just the beginning: The corpses found in an Irish septic pit resulted from a larger problem.” Washington Post. June 6, 2014.
Thousands of babies feared hidden in mass graves across Ireland.” Times of London. June 7, 2014.

UK

“‘The welfare state is not about dependency: it is about opportunity’; In her new book, Austerity Bites, Mary O’Hara argues that Cameron’s dismantling of state support betrays future generations of poor children.” By Mary O’Hara. Guardian. June 2, 2014.

Volunteers’ week 2014: why is your role the best? Trustee or cake baker, we would like to hear what you’re doing on Volunteer’s Week. Share your stories, photos and videos via GuardianWitness.” By Aimee Meade and Guardian readers. Guardian. June 2, 2014.

Volunteering + social impact = mental health improvement; A Citizens Advice Bureau report indicates volunteering can improve health: a handful of volunteers share their stories: • Why there is a need for volunteering qualifications; • How-to guide: embracing young volunteers; • What’s best: a volunteer’s time or a funder’s money?” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 2, 2014.

Social media for development: making the most of Facebook; Two projects in El Salvador illustrate how you can define your target audience carefully, and then successfully reach them.” By Lynda-Marie Taurasi. Guardian. June 2, 2014.

My mental health magazine and the sadness of closing a social enterprise; Nearly six years on, the founder of One in Four explains why it is closing and why mental health is such an unusual market: • Why failure can be the best platform for innovation; • Five reasons social enterprises fail; • The five stages of grief for a failed social entrepreneur; • Why we must talk more about failure in social enterprise.” By Mark Brown. Guardian. June 3, 2014.

Small charities need your support, says the founder of Localgiving.com: Helping local projects allows your business to make a visible, significant difference and has huge benefits for both parties.” By Marcelle Speller. Guardian. June 3, 2014.

Wanted: musical sea eagle. The five weirdest volunteer roles; For Volunteer’s Week, we’ve found the wackiest and most wonderful positions out there. From chicken knitter to fiddle-playing sea eagle, here are our top five most unusual roles: • Who should be volunteer of the year? Cast your vote; • Volunteers’ week 2014: why is your role the best? • Volunteering + social impact = mental health improvement.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. June 3, 2014.

Cabinet at war over Islamic extremist plot to take over Birmingham schools.” By Greg Hurst and Francis Elliott. Times of London. June 4, 2014.
Related stories:
“Education experts voice fury over Ofsted’s ‘Trojan Horse’ schools inquiry; Sir Tim Brighouse leads attack on watchdog’s investigations into claims that conservative Muslims infiltrated Birmingham schools.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. June 4, 2014.
Class Action: Schools are essential to allow different races and faiths to integrate. Faith schools cannot become fundamentalist.” Opinion. Times of London. June 5. 2014.
The Charity Commission doesn’t know what charity is: Thanks to one deeply ignorant decision, any organisation with a human rights agenda stands to lose its charitable status.” Guardian. June 5, 2014.
Trojan horse row: Labour calls for new Ofsted school inspection criteria; Tristam Hunt attacks Michael Gove handling of the alleged Birmingham schools plot and calls for change.” Guardian. June 7, 2014.
Gove forced to apologise to PM as May adviser quits.” Times of London. June 8, 2014.

Volunteers – how to recruit and keep them interested; If the right people are in the right roles charities and volunteers can reap the benefits of a mutually beneficial relationship, says Simon Gillespie: • Wanted: musical sea eagle. The five weirdest volunteer roles; • Volunteers’ week 2014: why is your role the best? • Volunteering + social impact = mental health improvement.” By Simon Gillespie. Guardian. June 4, 2014.

Five things I wish I’d known before starting a crowdfunding campaign: The Sweetman brothers are fast approaching their £50,000 social enterprise crowdfunding target. How are they doing it? • How to succeed with your crowdfunding campaign; • The smartest urban crowdfunding projects – in pictures; • Why crowdfunding now sets the trends.” By James Sweetman. Guardian. June 5, 2014.

From Scotch eggs to e-courses: how Newcastle’s arts are fighting the cuts; When Newcastle cut its arts funding completely, local organisations produced new ideas to stop the curtains closing: • Charities need to start thinking like businesses; • The north-east of England: Britain’s Detroit? • How to get the edge when managing charity finances; • What we find when we compare Detroit and the north-east.” By Tim Smedley. Guardian. June 5, 2014.

Muslim help for poor investigated by charity chiefs.” By Dominic Kennedy and Fariha Karim. Times of London. June 6, 2014.

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“What does volunteering mean to you? Volunteering can bring huge benefits to both volunteer and organisation. During Volunteers’ Week our readers and Twitter followers explain what it means to them.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 6, 2014.

VATICAN

Pope Francis Overhauls Vatican Financial Watchdog: Four Experts Named to the Board of the Financial Information Authority.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. June 6, 2014.
Related stories:
The Vatican: Financial Panel Replaced.” New York Times/Reuters. June 6, 2014.
“Pope Francis sacks entire board of Vatican’s financial watchdog: Experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace all-Italian group.” Independent (UK). June 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Schools to lose secular welfare staff under Christian chaplaincy drive.” By Benjamin Preiss and Ben Butler. Sydney Morning Herald. May 29, 2014.

Salvation Army calls Reza Barati’s accused killer ‘a hero’.” By Sarah Whyte and David Wroe. Sydney Morning Herald. May 31, 2014.

Christopher Pyne’s pledge sparks fears public schools will be ignored.” By Alexandra Smith. Sydney Morning Herald. May 31, 2014.

The Friday Cover: Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me; Here’s what happens when you try to cover the new oligarchs of American politics.” Politico.com. May 31, 2014.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Pope will meet with abuse victims; O’Malley to have role; Pontiff says Vatican investigating conduct of 3 bishops.” By John L. Allen Jr. Boston Globe. May 27, 2014.
Related stories:
Pope Francis to Meet Victims of Sexual Abuse.New York Times. May 28, 2014.

CHINA

Church-State Clash in China Coalesces Around a Toppled Spire; China Chafes at Christianity’s Growth; As Christianity continues its rapid rise in China, some believers feel discriminated against by public policies and say that the government favors traditional Chinese religions.” By Ian Johnson. New York Times. May 30, 2014.

DEVELOPMENT

Cell Phones and Cash Grants Can Promote Growth and Development.” By Farangis Abdurazokzoda. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 31, 2014.

FIFA SCANDAL

Corrupt Fifa crony paid $450,000 before vote; The Caribbean connection Payments to the football baron did not stop there. He was sent a further $1.2m when he threatened to reveal a ‘tsunami’ of evidence.” Times of London. June 1, 2014.
Related stories:
Plot to buy the World Cup: Huge email cache reveals secrets of Qatar’s shock victory.” Times of London. June 1, 2014.
Soccer | Rigged: Part 1 of a Two-Part Series: Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup; A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.” By Declan Hill and Jere Longman. New York Times. June 1, 2014.
Qatar World Cup: ‘£3m payments to officials’ corruption claim; Fifa is facing fresh allegations of corruption over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.” BBC News. June 1, 2014.

INDIA

India Boarding School Owner, Manager Arrested After 5 Children Allegedly Raped And Forced To Eat Feces.” By By Nita Bhalla. Huffington Post/Reuters. May 30, 2014.

INEQUALITY

World’s Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. May 27, 2014.

SWEDEN

In Sweden, human darkness is confronted by the arts not the church; If the church is to survive, it doesn’t need to be nice – it must address the big existential questions of sin and death.” By Giles Fraser. Guardian. May 31, 2014.

SYRIA

Gulf charities and Syria: Doing it our way.” Economist. May 28, 2014.

UK

Education, Education, Education; Rich foreign parents are reinventing boarding school.” Times of London. May 26, 2014.

Foreign pupils are blamed for public school ‘ghettos’.” By Nicola Woolcock. Times of London. May 26, 2014.

Universities have a problem, and it’s not just academic.” By Ian King. Times of London. May 26, 2014.

Bank of England governor: capitalism doomed if ethics vanish; Mark Carney issues strong critique of City behaviour and warns of growing sense that basic social contract is breaking down.” By Angela Monaghan. Guardian. May 27, 2014.

World Hunger Day: can Twitter end world hunger? Harnessing social media effectively can make a real difference, but how do NGOs get beyond collecting “likes”?” By Caspar van Vark. Guardian. May 28, 2014.

Small charity leaders: think you know what motivates your team? Gaining insight into what makes your team tick is an essential part of any charity manager’s job: • How charities can nurture the talent of their workforce; • Charities should pay well enough to attract executives; • Best bits: moving your career into the voluntary sector.” By Cath Lee. Guardian. May 28, 2014.

Number of UK youth living in poverty could reach 5m by 2020, says charity; Save the Children accuses main parties of treating Child Poverty Act as ‘window dressing’ while cutting welfare spending.” By Patrick Butler. Guardian. May 28, 2014.

“‘The welfare state is not about dependency: it is about opportunity’; In her new book, Austerity Bites, Mary O’Hara argues that Cameron’s dismantling of state support betrays future generations of poor children.” By Mary O’Hara. Guardian. May 29, 2014.

The bookshop revolution: Can coops hold out against Amazon? With more than 500 independent bookshops closing since 2005, coops are doing their bit to keep book stores surviving: •Independent booksellers bolstered in fight against Amazon; •Independent bookshops in decline as buying habits change; • Are social enterprises the future for libraries?” By Simon Birch. Guardian. May 29, 2014.

Managing your charity’s finances – top tips; Financial management is becoming increasingly important for charities – our experts share their advice and tips on where to begin: • 10 years time: what will charity finance look like? • Why financial reserves need to be taken seriously; • How small charities can approach financial investment.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 29, 201
Thousands join vigil for Stephen Sutton.” By Sonia Elks. Times of London. May 30, 2014.
Related story:
Stephen Sutton vigil celebrates young cancer victim’s life and inspiration; Hundreds of mourners gather outside cathedral in Lichfield where teenager’s body is lying in place of honour.” Guardian/Press Association. May 30, 2014.

Charity ethical investments push corporates like PepsiCo on morals; Panorama put Comic Relief in spotlight; now, at company AGMs, foundations and trusts are wielding their small but mighty voices: • Charities: invest responsibly or lose public trust; • Managing charity investments ethically is not easy; • How to invest ethically as a charity; • Comic Relief cash in arms shines light on investments; • Why don’t all charities bank ethically?” By Emily Kenway. Guardian. May 30, 2014.

Lobbying bill: keep calm and carry on campaigning; The Lobbying Act is a hard pill for charities to swallow. Liz Hutchins explains why it is essential that the sector gets behind the fight to repeal the bill: • Lobbying bill: five key points; • Seven ways to lobby for world change; • Labour to review alternatives to Lobbying Act; • Lobbying bill passes through House of Lords.” By Liz Hutchins. Guardian. May 30, 2014.

Animal Wrongs; The RSPCA should abandon its extreme political aims and focus on animal welfare.’ Editorial. Times of London. May 31, 2014.

Hard-up Britons working too hard to be volunteers.” Times of London. May 31, 2014.

Ofsted inspectors make U-turn on ‘Trojan Horse’ school, leak shows; Park View could face special measures after inspectors overturn initial findings that cleared the school of Islamist plot allegations.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. May 31, 2014.

Sweet success for honey projects that boost bees as well as jobs; Social enterprises are fulfilling the growing demand for projects to bring more bees to urban areas to ensure effective pollination: • Social enterprises tackling youth unemployment; • Generation Y: why young job seekers want more than money• The role of social enterprise in job creation; • Product of the month: Hope Street Honey.” By Rich McEachran. Guardian. June 1, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AFRICA

Africa News: Melinda Gates Works to Curb Newborn Deaths; Inexpensive, Low-Tech Solutions Urged, Such as Breast-Feeding, ‘Kangaroo Care’.” By Betsy McKay. Wall Street Journal. May 19, 2014.

AUSTRALIA

System that awarded scholarship to Frances Abbott is still a mystery.” By Daisy Dumas, Saffron Howden, and Dan Harrison. Sydney Morning Herald. May 25, 2014.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Second UN panel criticizes Vatican on sex abuse.” By John L. Allen Jr. Boston Globe. May 23, 2014.

CHINA

Contemporary art in China; Cultural Revolution; Two private museums mark a new departure for the country.” Economist. May 24, 2014.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Food giants slammed over their climate change silence: Oxfam report.” By Esther Han. Sydney Morning Herald. May 22, 2014.

DEVELOPMENT

Developer Gives $30 Million to Establish City Planning Center.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. May 21, 2014.

GOVERNANCE

Tracking the Democratic ‘Alternative from the South’.”By Michelle Tullo. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 23, 2014.

INDONESIA

Private hospitals in Asia; Hospital companies prepare to meet surging demand for health care in Asia.” Economist. May 19, 2014.

SOUTH SUDAN

Active Citizens, Africa, Civil Society, Human Rights: Vibrant Civil Society, A Must For South Sudan.” By Danny Sriskandarajah. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 21, 2014.

UK

Advice clinic: managing your charity’s finances; Charities are having to do more with less – but where do you begin? Question our charity finance agony aunts all week: • Social impact bonds: is the dream over? • How charities can balance innovation and financial risk; • How to manage your small charity’s finances – top tips. By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 19, 2014.

Should private firms be allowed to run children’s services? Poll. Child protection could be privatised under controversial government plans.” Guardian. May 20, 2014.

Why there is a need for volunteering qualifications? Volunteering is on the rise, so surely it is in everyone’s best interest to recognise the value of volunteering skills? • Top tips: how charities can attract graduates; • We need a distinction between volunteering and Help to Work; • How-to guide: embracing young volunteers; • ‘Osborne needs to understand that volunteering isn’t free’.” By Ian Wybron. Guardian. May 20, 2014.

Nominate your volunteer of the year: Does one of your volunteer workers go the extra mile? To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we’re asking you to nominate your volunteer of the year. The winner will receive an iPad.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 20, 2014.

How co-operatives and social enterprises are changing the future of woodland; With some councils struggling to manage woodland, community enterprises are protecting, nurturing and releasing the value in these important spaces: • The Co-operative must not miss chance to help tackle the UK’s food crisis; • Indigenous leaders empowering communities through social enterprise; • Spinning out: was it worth it?” By Simon Birch. Guardian. May 21, 2014.

How small charities can approach financial investment: Decide your objectives, devise a solid plan, take some really good advice, check the legalities, keep it simple – and then go for it: • Advice clinic: managing your charity’s finances; • Social impact bonds: is the dream over? • Charities must be braver if social investment is going to work.” By David Rowe. Guardian. May 21, 2014.

Empty classrooms expose flaws in private colleges boom; Exclusive: College called ‘the ATM’ by students who believe they can obtain loans of up to £11K a year and then not show up.” By Shiv Malik, Andrew McGettigan and John Domokos. Guardian. May 22, 2014.

Why entrepreneurs like Bill Gates become philanthropists; What does the journey from entrepreneur to philanthropist look like and why do prominent entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, become philanthropic? • Philanthropy is dead. Charities need commercial principles; • Charities need to recognise their worth.” By Charles Harvey. Guardian. May 22, 2014.

Sustainable shellfish: first community farming group begins trials; Porlock Bay Shellfish, a social enterprise, attempts to revive local oyster tradition to create new job opportunities.” By Tim Smedley. Guardian. May 22, 2014.

How charities can understand and prepare for cyber crime and risk; Today’s charities operate in the most digital era in history, but how can they prepare and understand the risk this may pose? • Free guide: how charities can prepare for cyber risks; • Catch up on the Charity Leaders Live series; • Find out about the next event.” By Charlotte Simmonds. Guardian. May 23, 2014.

Chelsea Flower Show: charity gardens; As this year’s show comes to an end we take a look at a selection of charity gardens including those of the RNIB, The Soldiers’ Charity, Streetscape and Gardening Leave.” By Aimee Meade and Claudia Cahalane. Guardian. May 24, 2014.

Security guard donates his free holiday to Stephen Sutton Trust.” By Sanya Burgess. Times of London. May 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AFRICA

OP-ED: Militarised Humanitarianism in Africa.” By Joeva Rock. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 16, 2014.

AUSTRALIA

More than a worthy cause.” By Lesley Parker. Sydney Morning Herald. May 15, 2014.

FRANCE

Picasso Museum’s President Is Dismissed.” By Doreen Carvajal. New York Times. May 14, 2014.

INEQUALITY

Inequality and Democracy: In this Column, ROBERTO SAVIO, founder and president emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS), writes on persistent inequality and the failure of “trickle down” economy.” By Roberto Savio. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 16, 2014.

UK

Even More Free Schools: The Lib Dems say Michael Gove has raided his budget to divert money to free schools. To avoid this, let schools turn a profit.” Editorial. Times of London. May 12, 2014.
Related stories:
Treasury ‘concerns’ over costs of Michael Gove’s free schools.” Independent. May 12, 2014.
Michael Gove warned to bring free schools spending under control; Concerns expressed by senior Treasury officials and at ministerial level over the cost of free schools.” By Rowena Mason. Guardian. May 12, 2014.
Free schools row rumbles on among coalition; Liberal Democrats’ president Tim Farron says Michael Gove must prioritise creation of local authority primary school places.” By Rowena Mason. Guardian. May 13, 2014.

Stop the corporatisation of charities: We musn’t lose our heart in the bid to quash public perceptions of us as ‘amateur do-gooders’, says Gemma Borwick:• Five ways small charities can be more business-like; • Charities need to recognise their worth and start thinking like businesses.” By Gemma Borwick. Guardian. May 12, 2014.

Key Co-op board member backs reform plan.” By Miles Costello. Times of London. May 13, 2014.
Related stories:
The Co-operative must not miss chance to help tackle the UK’s food crisis; Could we encourage the Co-op Group to sell its 18,000 acres of farmland to members rather than big business, asks Jim Lee: • Co-op farms could be sold to China as hopes of community buyouts die; • What should the Co-operative Group’s next steps forward involve?Guardian. May 14, 2014.
Co-op Group members to vote on governance restructure.” By Joe Miller. BBC News. May 17, 2014.

Successful charities should pay well enough to attract excellent executives; The issue of charity chief executive pay will remain difficult until the sector explains itself, says Borge Andreassen: • Charities told to publish CEO’s pay to earn public trust; • The reality of a charity chief executive’s role; • The Good Pay Guide: how to set your chief executive’s pay.” By Borge Andreassen. Guardian. May 13, 2014.

A guide to setting salary and wage levels for charity employees; Setting pay ratios for your workforce can be tough – many factors can affect it. Richard Williams explains where to begin: • Charities should pay enough to attract best executives; • The reality of a charity chief executive’s role; • Charities have problems, but executive pay is hardly the worst; • Charities are told to publish CEO’s pay to earn public trust.” By Richard Williams. Guardian. May 14, 2014.

Bond NGO awards celebrate collaboration in complex times; Fear of the corporate world can deter co-operation but as winners show, partnership is key to success and impact.” By Ben Jackson. Guardian. May 14, 2014.

Colet Court: ‘It was a world where dark deeds might have gone unchecked’.” By Adam Barnard. Times of London. May 15, 2014.

Stephen Sutton, inspirational cancer charity fundraiser, dies in his sleep; Sutton, who raised more than £3.2m for Teenage Cancer Trust, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, his family says.” By Mark Tran and Peter Walker. Guardian. May 15, 2014.
Related story:
“Stephen Sutton Dies From Cancer At 19 After Doing More Good Than Most Of Us Ever Will.” Huffington Post/Reuters. May 17, 2014.

Inside Park View academy: Religion row school ‘is victim of its success’; Pupils and teachers at the Birmingham education success story investigated over alleged Islamist plot say claims are ‘ludicrous’.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. May 15, 2014.

Working on strategic plans for businesses; When the going gets tough, a business model often needs rewriting. But what happens when you change the framework within a not-for-profit entity?” By Sue George. Guardian. May 15, 2014.

Ofsted abandons inspection of Luton school after homosexuality row; Parents of pupils at Muslim school Olive Tree primary say inspectors questioned children about attitudes to homosexuality,” By Richard Adams. Guardian. May 16, 2014.

Do Maude, Grayling and Osborne get social enterprise? Let’s help them; We’re preaching to the converted and as the election nears we need to use our resources more wisely, says Jonathan Jenkins: • Campaign for a social economy: We have a critical window to influence party manifestos.Guardian. By Jonathan Jenkins. Guardian. May 16, 2014.

Five ways charities can attract rich donors; They don’t like being approached at dinner parties, and they’d rather meet with a front-line member of staff than a fundraiser: • Top tweets: fundraising for the future; • What role will fundraisers play in the future of charities?” By Beth Breeze and Theresa Lloyd. Guardian. May 16, 2014.

Salary ratios: how charities are approaching fair pay; Citizens Advice, Médecins Sans Frontières and Reprieve say watching the wage gap between highest and lowest paid staff is a high priority: • How to guide: setting salary and wage levels; • Charities should pay enough to attract excellent executives; • The reality of a charity chief executive’s role; • Charities told to publish CEO’s pay to earn public trust.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. May 15, 2014.

Britain’s richest 1% own as much as poorest 55% of population; ONS figures reveal growing wealth disparity and north-south divide, with nation’s top 10% owning 44% of household wealth.” By Phillip Inman. Guardian. May 17, 2014.
Related story
Britain’s richest 1,000 see ‘phenomenal rise’ in personal wealth.” By Tony Bonnici. Guardian. May 18, 2014.

What support do voluntary and community groups need from their local infrastructure? – live Q&A; Local organisations are picking up the pieces left by cuts – as part of an inquiry into how they can be supported, join our live Q&A on Friday 23 May 12–1.30pm.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 17, 2014.

Universities receive record number of donations; The number of donors giving to universities and of alumni giving back to higher education institutions has risen in the last year.” By Abby Young-Powell and Michael Allen. Guardian. May 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 5-11, 2014)

Monday, May 12th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Shining a light on charities.” By Michael Short. Sydney Morning Herald. May 6, 2014.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests for Child Abuse; Numbers Given to U.N. Committee Looking Into Whether Sexual Abuse Could Be Torture.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. May 7, 2014.
Related story:
Vatican Tells of 848 Priests Ousted in Decade.” New York Times. May 7, 2014.
Vatican Has Defrocked 848 Priests For Abuse Charges Since 2004: Report.” By John Heilprin and Nicole Winfield. Huffington Post. May 7, 2014.
UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse.” All Things Considered/
National Public Radio. May 7, 2014.
Celibacy not a factor in child abuse, says brother.” Sydney Morning Herald. May 8, 2014.
A Voice For Abuse Survivors Within The Catholic Church.” Morning Edition/ National Public Radio. May 11, 2014.

CIVIL SOCIETY

Bringing Civil Society into Development Effectiveness.” By Rajesh Tandon. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). May 9, 2014.

INDIA

Some hospitals beat five-star hotels in luxury, and tariffs too.” By John Sarkar. Times of India. May 6, 2014.

RESCUE & RELIEF

Big budgets, little oversight in war zones.” By Scott Higham, Jessica Schulberg and Steven Rich. Washington Post. May 5, 2014.

UK

Myners condemns Co-op culture of entitlement.” By Miles Costello. Times of London. May 7, 2014.
Related story:
Former Co-op bank boss Paul Flowers arrives at court to face drug charges; Methodist minister is charged with possessing drugs including cocaine and crystal meth.” By Helen Pidd. Guardian. May 7, 2014.
Group Think: The Co-op has no option other than to accept Lord Myners’ recommendations.” Editorial. Times of London. May 8, 2014.
“‘Crystal Methodist’ pleads guilty over drug charges; Former Co-op boss Paul Flowers admits possessing Class A drugs.” Independent. May 8, 2014.
Campaign for a social economy: We have a critical window to influence party manifestos; Social Value Taskforces and initiatives to address youth unemployment were among 70 big ideas put forward by the Social Economy Alliance to a cross-party panel of politicians.” By Peter Holbrook. Guardian. May 7, 2014.

How to manage your small charity’s finances – top tips; It isn’t easy but with teamwork and research, a small charity can manage its finances without a director, says Judith Miller: • Read more how-to guides for small charities.” By Judith Miller. Guardian. May 7, 2014.

“One year until General Election 2015: what charity leaders want; From simplification of tax regimes to a promise that 10% of new government contracts will go the social sector, leaders tell us their top asks: • Seven ways to lobby for world change; • Lobbying bill: five key points; • The charity sector – in 10 years time
.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 7, 2014.

“‘Ideological zealot’ Gove accused of cash raid to fund his free school ‘pet project’.” By Sonia Elks. Times of London. May 11, 2014.
Related story:
Michael Gove’s ‘lunatic’ £400m raid to rescue his free schools vision; Coalition tensions escalate as Liberal Democrats confirm highly damaging leaked information from senior government source.” By Toby Helm and Daniel Boffey. Observer. May 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Rich families should have to pay to attend public schools, report says.” By Alexandra Smith. Sydney Morning Herald. April 29, 2014.

Paul Ramsay, Australian billionaire leaves $3bn fortune to charity after death; Paul Ramsay’s health empire made him one of the richest men in the country.” By Lizzie Dearden. Independent (UK). May 2, 2014.

Paul Ramsay’s billions left to charity.” By Jessica Gardner. Sydney Morning Herald. May 2, 2014.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Perth Royal Commission sex abuse witnesses slam Slater & Gordon.” By Aleisha Orr. Sydney Morning Herald. April 30, 2014.

Vatican panel on sexual abuse meets, plans to tackle church coverups.” By Tom Kington. Los Angeles Times. May 4, 2014.

CHINA

Bill Gates urges China’s wealthiest to give to charity; Businessman makes plea in People’s Daily for country to improve bad philanthropic record by investing in the poor.” By Jonathan Kaiman. Guardian. April 28, 2014.

Philanthropy: China’s Carnegie; Jack Ma’s establishment of a new charitable foundation offers his country an important opportunity.” Economist. May 3, 2014.

INDIA

Political funding, spending still remain opaque.” By Manoj Mitta. Times of India. April 29, 2014.

In election season, India competes with campaigns’ ‘black money’; In this year’s hotly contested national election, officials say, dirty money is out of control. India’s election commission is tracking cash seized by election observers nationally for the first time and have so far seized $45 million of illegal cash, a jump of about 31 percent compared to elections five years ago. Over five million gallons of illegal liquor has been seized. Security officials check every passing vehicle for evidence of black money or illegal alcohol, in Ludhiana, in the northern state of Punjab, India.” By Rama Lakshmi. Washington Post. May 3, 2014.

RUSSIA

Russian Parliament Approves New Law Restricting the Internet; Sweeping Controls on the Internet and Blogging Will Tighten the Kremlin’s Grip on the Media.” By Olga Razumovskaya. Wall Street Journal. April 30, 2014.

UK

Seven ways to make sure your charity is lobbying for world change; From fox-hunting bans to climate change laws, Becky Jarvis from 38 Degrees explains what makes a charity campaign tick.” By Becky Jarvis. Guardian. April 28, 2014.

Social impact: can it be demonstrated? Demonstrating social value is not as expensive and time-consuming as some people may think; Does the secret to social impact measurement lie in algorithmic data?” By David Floyd. Guardian. April 29, 2014.

Charity leaders need to play to their strengths – and get help with the rest; In this month’s entry, our Clore Social Leadership fellow explains what she hopes to achieve by hiring a personal assistant.” By Eugenie Teasley. Guardian. April 29, 2014.

Food poverty: Mail ‘backlash’ donations surge past £100k; Public dismay at a Mail on Sunday ‘expose’ of food bank ‘fraud’ has triggered £107,000 in donations for the Trussell Trust food bank charity.” By Patrick Butler. Guardian. April 29, 2014.

NCVO tells charities to publish chief executives’ pay to earn public trust; Voluntary bodies should go beyond legal requirements and reveal remuneration by name and position, says umbrella group.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. April 29, 2014.

What inspired you to start a social enterprise? Leaders from across the sector tell us why they decided to set up their social business.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. April 30, 2014.

Five ways small charities can be more business-like; In today’s tough climate, some say charities must act more like businesses. From managing talent to taking risks, here’s how.” By Ethan Ohs. Guardian. April 30, 2014.

Abuse claims against 18 teachers by ex-pupils at top public school.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. May 1, 2014.

Raking over Co-op’s ruins.” By Robert Lea. Times of London. May 1, 2014.

Stephen Sutton and Malala show teens can be real charity campaign champs; After a week in which a cancer sufferer’s fundraising reached £3m, we look at the secret of young people’s success.” Guardian. May 3, 2014.

“Stephen Sutton and Malala show teens can be real charity campaign champs; After a week in which a cancer sufferer’s fundraising reached £3m, we look at the secret of young people’s success: • How-to guide: embracing young volunteers; • Vital charity work needs to harness a great power – children; • • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. May 2, 2014.

Stephen Sutton and Malala show teens can be real charity campaign champs; After a week in which a cancer sufferer’s fundraising reached £3m, we look at the secret of young people’s success: • How-to guide: embracing young volunteers; • Vital charity work needs to harness a great power – children; • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. May 2, 2014.

Social enterprise tackles housing crisis, with a leg-up from TV’s George Clarke; The founder of the Empty Homes Doctor service explains how it fills in the gaps between councils, owners and local businesses.” By Rob Greenland. Guardian. May 2, 2014.

Social impact bonds: is the dream over? As the government announces its first Sib is to have its funding model reconfigured, we ask five experts what the future holds: • Sponsored: social investment – how can you get involved? • We weren’t achieving potential before social impact bond, says charity; • British social impact investing has left the US playing catch-up.” By Claudia Cahalane. Guardian. May 2, 2014.

Islam school plot ‘spreads to other cities’.” By Greg Hurst. Times of London. May 3, 2014 .

Free schools: Head teachers’ union says pupils ‘learnt nothing all term’ and calls for controls to end ‘waste of millions’; Conference calls for shorter summer breaks to combat ‘learning loss’ and travel agent rip-offs.” By Richard Garner. Independent. May 4, 2014.

Abuse in Britain’s boarding schools: why I decided to confront my demons; For generations of boys, sexual abuse was part of the everyday cruelty of boarding school. In this painfully honest report, writer Alex Renton confronts the demons of his past at Ashdown House, where some of Britain’s most powerful men were also educated – and reveals the scale of the outrage about to engulf the private education system.” By Alex Renton. Guardian. May 4, 2014.

How charities can balance innovation and financial risk – top tips; Charities need to make innovation and development part of their DNA and understand that risks need to be taken, say our expert panel: • Charities must innovate and take risks to create change; • How can charities balance innovation and risk?” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. May 4, 2014.

Providence House: from mods to rappers, a haven for London’s ‘little rogues’; Near London’s Clapham Junction, a home from home for young people charts the history of urban Britain and the teenager, and proves that the idea and value of the ‘youth club’ lives on.” By Yvonne Roberts. Guardian. May 4, 2014.

Archbishop of Canterbury defends faith schools.” BBC. May 4, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 21-27, 2014)

Monday, April 28th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

INDIA

Does Church have a poll role?” By Derek O’Brien. Times of India. April 25, 2014.

Ramdev trusts under I-T scanner.” No by-line. Times of India. April 25, 2014.

RESCUE & RELIEF

Red Cross Official Describes Challenges Facing Humanitarian Organizations.” By Joanie D. Timmins. Harvard Crimson. April 24, 2014.

RUSSIA
Russia ‘Liquidating’ Civil Society.” By Pavol Stracansky. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). April 26, 2014.

UK

Cameron ‘risks division’ with claim of a Christian Britain.” Times of London. April 21, 2014.
Related story:
“Is Britain really a land of God? Furious debate after David Cameron claims we are a Christian country; David Cameron’s assertion that we are a Christian country has ignited a furious debate about the place of the Church in our national life and cultural identity.” By Cahal Milmo. Independent. April 22, 2014.
Britain a ‘Christian country’? Careful there, prime minister!Los Angeles Times. April 24, 2014.
Even Christianity is not really Christian.” Times of London. April 27, 2014.
Britain’s state of faith: What started this war of the pulpits, for heaven’s sake? The recent fuss has all the hallmarks of cynical electioneering.” Independent. April 27, 2014.
Britain is a ‘post-Christian’ country says former Archbishop; Lord Williams retired from being the leader of the Church of England in 2012.” BBC. April 27, 2014.

Stephen Sutton donations pass £2m mark and continue to rise; Efforts of 19-year-old with inoperable cancer lead to almost 200,000 people giving to Teenage Cancer Trust.” By Peter Walker. Guardian. April 26, 2014.
Related stories:
Terminally ill teenager Stephen Sutton reaches £1m target for charity; 19-year-old, who had bucket list of things to do before dying, including helping Teenage Cancer Trust, gives ‘final thumbs up’.” Guardian/Press Association. April 24, 2014.
Cancer blogger donations smash records at £2.5m.” By David Rankin. Times of London. April 27, 2014.

Donations to food banks surge after Mail on Sunday criticism.” No by-line. Independent. April 22, 2014.

Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam.” By Oliver Wright. Independent. April 22, 2014.

Welfare cuts drive UK’s poorest families deeper into poverty, says Oxfam; Survey points to effect of overall cut in value of benefits as well as changes to housing benefit and council tax support.” By Katie Allen. Guardian. April 22, 2014.

“‘Social business combines my passions: fabulous pants and human rights’; After reading a Guardian article about social enterprises in 2006, Becky John decided to scratch her activism itch by founding Who Made Your Pants?” By Becky John. Guardian. April 22, 2014.

Why those working in charities need to adopt an activist mentality; For Liam Barrington-Bush, the charity sector is far too muted when it comes to campaigning.” Guardian. April 22, 2014.

Is celebrity involvement with social enterprise a good thing? Lily Cole, Hugh Jackman and Emma Watson are all joining the sector, but not everyone is excited about celebrity endorsements.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. April 23, 2014.

How-to guide: campaigning for small charities; A little know-how and direction can make a big difference when it comes to influencing policymakers; Why those working in charities need to adopt an activist mentality.” By Charlotte Taylor. Guardian. April 23, 2014.

Labour set to withdraw from Co-op Bank.” By Susan Thompson and Sam Coates. Times of London. April 24, 2014.

Exclusive: Bankrupt Cameron crony was victim of $2bn Venezuelan bond scam; Could it be the reason behind Tony Caplin’s debts of more than £3m?” By Oliver Wright. Independent. April 24, 2014.

Have the homeless become invisible? Video shows people walking past their loved ones ‘living’ on the street; The Make them Visible campaign demonstrates just how invisible homeless people have become.” By Heather Saul. Independent. April 24, 2014.

Is the future role of social enterprise to foster compassionate capitalism? Our expert panel discuss the role of social enterprise in society, and the values of social business.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. April 24, 2014.

Vote in our poll: is Islamic extremism a threat to charities? William Shawcross has said that Islamic extremism is a ‘deadly’ problem for charities – do you agree or disagree? Vote in our poll.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. April 24, 2014.

Cross Purposes: The British compromise between church and state is peculiar, irrational and anachronistic, and serves us well.” No by-line. Times of London. April 25 2014.
Related story:
Coalition split on the role of the church.” By Laura Pitel. Times of London. April 25, 2014.
David Cameron rejects Nick Clegg’s call for separation of church and state.” By Andrew Grice. Independent. April 24, 2014.

How charity chief executives can use social media to help their organisation; As nominations open for the Top 30 Charity chief executives on Social Media awards, Zoe Amar asks why being online is crucial.” By Zoe Amar. Guardian. April 25, 2014.

NHS could be ‘carved open’ by US healthcare profiteers, warns Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham; Campaign groups join call for health service to be exempted from landmark trade treaty between America and the EU.” By Charlie Cooper. Independent. April 27, 2014.

VATICAN

The pope as a turnaround CEO; The Francis effect; About to take over a crisis-ridden company with a demoralised workforce? Turn to a Roman case study.” Economist. April 22, 2014.