Civil society and foundations in the “Era of Citizens”

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the German-based Robert Bosch Foundation organized a two-day conference entitled “The Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future”. A range of high-level speakers, including the President of Germany, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of 2006 and 2014 were invited to discuss the role of civil society organisations, and foundations in particular, as engines of democracy and key partners for states and business. Some background on the conference topic was provided by a study on the future of foundations commissioned by the Robert Bosch Foundation and launched at the conference. UIL’s Senior Programme Specialist Werner Mauch contributed to a panel discussion on decisive resources, presenting UNESCO’s perspective on different learning settings (formal, non-formal and informal) and the function of literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning. This both shed light on the issue of adult literacy and advocated for it as a potential field of investment for foundations. Conference Report Study by Robert Bosch Foundation on  "The Future of Foundations" (in English)