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Carnegie UK Trust;
Switched On brings together recent research and evidence about key issues related to digital inclusion, with a particular focus on children and young people. Digital access is complex picture with multiple factors driving, compounding and impacting those who are included or excluded.The report explores a number of features of the digital inclusion debate including analysing the components that comprise appropriate digital access, examines the impacts around a lack of access, maps exclusion factors in the UK and outlines the current policy and practice landscape, including successful interventions.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
This UK Giving 2019 report is one of an international series, produced across the CAF GlobalAlliance, a world-leading network of organisations working at the forefront of philanthropy and civil society.The series also includes reports covering Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, India, South Africa, and the United States.This is the second edition of this unique collection of country reports.
Building on their previous report, A Whole New World: Funding and Commissioning in Complexity, this new work responds to significant interest in learning from practical examples of how organisations, funders and commissioners are fundamentally rethinking their design and delivery of support. It sets out a 'new world' of approaches to social change that genuinely put people in the lead, providing practical examples and insights for others eager to develop new ways of working.Informed by a year of action research and events, the report seeks to:SHARE emerging new practice, including through in-depth case studiesINSPIRE and enable people interested in working in this way to develop new approachesBUILD a movement for change
This research was commissioned by the Thomas Paine Initiative,with support from a group of UK trusts and foundations (including Barrow Cadbury Trust, the JMG Foundation, the Oak Foundation,the Open Society Foundations, Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, and Unbound Philanthropy) as a scoping study in advance of a Learning Exchange to take place in May 2019, bringing the strategic communications field together to facilitate cross-sector learning and to explore the appetite and feasibility for collaboration around commonlyheld values. This paper explores how voluntary sector organisations in the UK are developing, embedding and sharing their communications strategies. It provides an overview of where the field currently is, and poses questions and provocations.
Canterbury Christ Church University;
Why charitable donors give has been a topic of much debate amongst practitioners, policy makers and academics alike. Recent efforts to grow and strengthen the culture of charitable giving in the UK have focused on increasing people's propensity to give and the total amounts they are likely to give. However little attention has been paid to how people learn to give at a younger age. Given early education is fundamental in securing individuals long-term social and political orientations, this is a critical oversight. The absence of much commentary on, or significant research into, how individuals are socialised into giving, specifically younger children, means we have little knowledge about how people come to be the donors we pay so much attention to later in life.In this report we situate charitable giving as part of much larger debate on children's active engagement within civil society and their role as competent and active social actors.This research report engages the voices of over 150 young children aged 4-8 years old. Through participative action research methods, we explore their perceptions and preferences of charity and charitable giving. We explore the trends across the age group and discuss how children may develop philanthropic behaviours.We start our findings celebrating children's knowledge and involvement in charities. We found they have a wide and varied range of opportunities to engage in fundraising and charitable giving through schools, communities and the family. However, we also suggest that children have relatively limited spaces to meaningfully engage in these charitable behaviours, often associating giving as a transactional process without critically engaging with the cause. Nonetheless, when given opportunity to meaningfully engage in giving decisions children demonstrated a heightened critical consciousness and desire for increased social justice in their giving decisions.Importantly we argue that conscious, active and participative engagement in giving decisions helps children develop a critical consciousness about the world around them and increases social orientated behaviours. We promote the idea that children, as present citizens (as opposed to viewed as future citizens only), are capable and competent of selecting and assessing the charities they wish to support, and in turn this helps them develop a greater understanding of the world around them.
British Council in Pakistan;
This study aims to gain an insight into the philanthropic giving practices of the Pakistani diaspora in the UK. A key aspect is an assessment of the existing potential of and motivations for giving to various social causes within Pakistan and the UK-based community. The philanthropic activities identified in the study broadly include voluntary giving in the form of cash, in-kind and time – to and by individuals as well as institutions. The project has been commissioned by the British Council (Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Unit), in collaboration with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), with the aim of identifying the role that the Pakistani diaspora can play in contributing to the social and economic progress of Pakistan.
Center for Economic and Policy Research;
Despite high levels of employment after eight and a half years of economic growth, the UK economy is facing some serious economic challenges: long-term rising inequality, real wages that are still below their 2009 peak, a collapse of productivity growth, and the worst level of regional inequality in the European Union. The unusual uncertainties surrounding Brexit also pose a serious threat that has been much discussed. However, the government's macroeconomic policies may also compound the risks associated with Brexit and make it more difficult to solve the economy's long-term problems. This paper looks at some of the details of the above challenges, with a focus on macroeconomic policy.
Oxfam GB's overall median gender pay gap is 12.5%. The national average is 18.4%. We take our gender pay gap seriously and have made a range of commitments to address the issue.The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women working for an organization, irrespective of their job or position. It is not a comparison of pay between men and women doing like for like roles or jobs of equal value, and Oxfam always pays men and women the same for the same work. All organizations in the UK which employ more than 250 workers are required to publish their gender pay gap by April 2018.As an organization that is working to enable women to realize their rights, Oxfam GB is determined to build a fairer and more equal world for everyone - and of course that starts here, with us. Oxfam simply should not have a gender pay gap and should aim to achieve a zero pay gap. However, it is not simple, as gender pay gaps are a result of many factors, some of which are within Oxfam's control and some of which are embedded in wider society and need to be challenged.We are proud that more than 60% of our managers and senior managers are women. We have twice the national average of women in information systems roles, twice the national average of men in part-time roles and 84% of our staff tell us that their flexible working needs are met. However, there are areas where we must do better.At the time of reporting (April 2017) we had low female representation on our Leadership Team: 2 women out of 8 roles, although we have since increased this to 3 out of 8. We also have a higher gender pay gap among those aged over 40 (15.6%, median), while men working part-time earn less, on average, than women (-4.1%, median).One of the main factors contributing to our gender pay gap is the difference in the female representation in different jobs within our organization. We are essentially two organizations: an international non-government organization (INGO) and a charity retailer. In general, the roles in the INGO are higher paid than those in our shop network. With a network of around 650 shops, Oxfam has significantly more employees in shop roles than any other roles; around 40% of our total UK staff are shop employees. While we pay all staff at least the Living Wage Foundation Rate, and pay for shop roles is above average for the charity sector, the pay sits within the lower half of Oxfam pay brackets. Almost three-quarters (72%) of our shop managers are women.The differences between the two parts of the organization mean that our overall gender pay gap is greater than that of our parts. In our charity retail business the gender pay gap is 2% and in our INGO the gap is 9.6% (both median figures).Specific commitments to address our gender pay gap within the next two years include but are not limited to:We will work towards a 50:50 representation of women on our Leadership Team, with an aim to maintain female representation of between 35% and 65%For any new vacancies on our Leadership Team, we will commit to 50% of shortlisted candidates being womenWe will do an analysis to understand the gender pay gap for women over 40, and for men working part-time and introduce actionsWe are introducing enhanced, shared parental pay for partners from April 2018, which is aimed at encouraging more men/partners to take time out for childcaring responsibilitiesOn our leadership development courses, we will ensure that 70% of participants will be womenWe will continue to work to influence more widely to address the policies and practices that are perpetuating the gender pay gap in the UK.
This report provides the results of a broad stroke mapping of initiatives supported by various European and American philanthropic bodies. These initiatives aim to leverage the power of strategic communications, and in particular, effective narratives, to counter the closing of civic space and to achieve positive social change. It is intended as a real-time snapshot of ideas and approaches to capture what is being done and where, identify gaps, and share learning on new pathways and solutions for narrative change. The mapping includes some initiatives that fall outside the philanthropic community but which have potential for further exploration and/or adoption.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC);
The Migration Observatory has shifted thinking on contentious migration issues by providing the first UK source of independent, high-quality evidence and analysis aimed at public audiences.
The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG);
The following paper considers the potential impact of the UK's withdrawal ('Brexit') from the European Union (EU) on efforts to tackle modern slavery. The purpose of this briefing is to review the extent to which the UK's membership in the EU has influenced national anti-trafficking efforts, and consider if and how Brexit may impact the UK's ability to combat modern slavery and protect its victims. Where possible, recommendations have been made on the steps to take to mitigate any potential risks posed by Brexit to UK anti-trafficking efforts.
The growth of social media and other aggregators over the last few years has changed the nature of online consumption.Our question is: Do people remember the news brand when they visit a story via social media or search engines? In order to answer this question we used a YouGov panel to automatically track website usage by a representative sample of UK internet users and then served a survey to see if they could remember the brand.We find that less than half could remember the name of the news brand for a particular story when coming from search engines or social media. Users were more likely to remember the brand via social media and search engines when they read a story from their main source of news. Young people were also more likely to correctly attribute a news brand when coming from social media compared with older respondents.