Research and publishing play an important part in Allavida’s work, particularly in the fields of philanthropy, social investment and social enterprise. Through research, publications, convening debates, technical support for philanthropic institutions and associations, exchanges and study tours, training, and challenge grants, Allavida works to understand traditions of giving, mutual aid and solidarity, to nurture responsive community-based philanthropy organisations, and link local philanthropy with the pursuit of local development goals.
Through training and consultancy services, research and publications, and our own small grants programmes, Allavida works to nurture the development of community focused grantmaking bodies and to explore the potential of social investment for resourcing local development. Allavida also assists international funding institutions – from small family foundations, to schemes established by multi- and bi-lateral donors – with a range of consulting services designed to increase the impact of funding. These services – outlined in Allavida Services – help resource providers establish effective development initiatives and appropriate funding strategies that can increase long-term impact for the benefit of poor and marginalized people.