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Successful Use of Strategic Litigation by the Voluntary Sector on Issues Related to Discrimination and Disadvantage: Key Cases from the UK

The third working paper by Dr Lisa Vanhala brings together ten examples stretching over a decade and covering a wide variety of issues of discrimination and disadvantage. Although no panacea, and with its costs and risks, in the right circumstances strategic litigation can be a powerful tool for the voluntary sector in redressing social injustice. It is hoped the report will prompt voluntary organisations without legal specialism to ask if they should  be considering strategic litigation in the service of their charitable mission.



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Framework for better use of the law by voluntary sector organisations

The second working paper, by Dr Lisa Vanhala, for our new STVS programme seeks to give a conceptual framework to the programme by suggesting typologies  for the use of the law and for types of voluntary sector organisation using the law.


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Funding Civil Society in the Global South – A Discussion

 The Baring Foundation was one of a number of funders to support a one day conference in London run by Bond to examine how we can best support civil society in the Global South. A note of the conference is available to download below.


Monitoring and evaluating Participatory Grantmaking

The Baring Foundation is funding two LGBTI participatory grant-makers in Africa. This paper by Ceri Hutton was commissioned to help us consider, what if any, specific challenges this brings to monitoring and evaluation.



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Struggle for Autonomy and Relevance – Landscape Analysis of Trans*-led and Lesbian-led Organising in Sub-Saharan Africa

This study by Mariam Armisen is the first to map the state of Lesbian and Trans organising in Southern and Eastern Africa. It identifies 67 groups and describes the challenges they based on a  survey and numerous interviews. An Executive Summary  can be found here.


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Long Live Arts Manifesto – Feel the Arts

The Baring Foundation has had a three year collaboration with colleagues in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Along with a call to action and essays from experts this publication gives a rich series of case studies from the four countries themed by practice, research, training and policy.



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West Yorkshire Playhouse Guide to Dementia Friendly Performances

West Yorkshire Playhouse has been leading the way in dementia-friendly performances. We have funded this new in-depth guide based on their unique experience to inspire more venues to take up this opportunity across the UK.


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Breaking the Silence – Criminalisation of Lesbians and Bisexual Women and its Impacts

The Baring Foundation has supported this publication from the Human Dignity Trust as part of our International Development programme for LGBTI civil society in Africa. Although global in scope, many of the jurisdictions considered are in Africa and indeed many criminal laws stem from British colonial rule. The report shows how criminalisation, oppressive in itself, then plays a significant part in wider discrimination, undermining broader development.



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Not So Cut Off

Not So Cut Off is a new publication from the Arts Council Northern Ireland funded by the Baring Foundation. It gathers evidence from case studies funded by our joint Arts and Older People project on the benefits of participation in the arts for isolated older people. It includes a series of beautiful illustrations using shadow casting and tracing.



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Transforming Our World Through Investment

The Baring Foundation is a member of ShareAction’s Charities Responsible Investment Group. Given this and our role as a funder of international development, we were pleased to co-fund this report which looks at the role of investors in relation to the most important recent  development in international development, the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals.