Democracy is at a crossroads, with a global trend of polarization and authoritarism /surveillance, this area of work at NEF seeks to consolidate European partnerships to strengthen solidarity and democratic principles in the digital age. Our collaboratives seek to influence key developments in Europe: on supporting transparency and pluralism online and offline, on regulating tech policies to serve participation and human rights and, last but not least, on keeping citizens and civil society engaged in the discussions that concern them.
Social cohesion is to remain a central challenge of our European societies in which inequalities and diversity have increased substantially. Covid 19 has hit hardest the most vulnerable groups in the health and social domains: elderly, children and women, and migrants. Improving the social participation and integration of those groups, in an age of intersectional crises, is essential to the social justice mission that gathers the collaboratives under this area of work. Building an inclusive vision for a future impacted by public health and climate crises will require investment and community mobilization from the local to transnational level.
International development brings together at NEF collaboratives with an international remit or translates into hosting staff from peer infrastructure philanthropic networks (Ariadne and the Global Fund for Community Foundations). The diversity of themes of philanthropic engagement under this area of work is to be emphasized. As an example, through JAFOWA, foundations wish to support a strong and equitable farmers’ movement in West Africa.