Author: Elisa Ricciuti


FoodSaving: at the crossroads of social innovation

Food is always a nice topic. Food security less. Food poverty much less. The current economic and social crisis is influencing not only the availability of food in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), but in Western economies too. Wider shares of the population live under the poverty threshold, rendering contradictions more evident: in the same […]

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The greatest learning gift: being at ease with complexity

This year has gone and one of the richest experiences it brought along was the first edition of the course Nonprofits & Philanthropy. A class of 43 students, aged 20-22, from 14 countries, 5 continents: a global course, indeed. The first lecture starts with a slide titled “The nonprofit sector” and the Big Question suddenly […]

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The Philanthropic Bee – CONTEST #wannabeabee

Bees are extraordinary animals. They suck part of life to generate life – the pollen is taken from flowers and plants, to nurture other flowers and plants. Pollination is indeed a fundamental process for the life and beauty of our Planet. They operate in an organized, entrepreneurial and systemic way – think at hives and […]

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One Book One Country – #1book1country

I love reading in any form. I love long novels and short stories, textbooks (less), papers (much less), poems (a lot), comics, and others. Thank to my friend Eva Lien, last year I came to know about an intriguing initiative. What is it? It is a way to travel with your imagination, to know about […]

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One Little Boy

This poem has been given to me by a very special person long time ago. She is a Norwegian teacher. We used to work together at UNESCO, in Bangkok, in the Education Department. We were involved in the “Education For All” movement for South-East Asia and the Pacific. Even though this section will focus on […]

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Foundations’ decision-making

In recent years, private foundations have gained considerable relevance in global health due to their increasing presence in both financing and policy-making. Despite this, the question of how these actors make decisions on their funding priorities is under researched. This is where I decided to focus my doctoral studies at LSHTM in London. The aim […]

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