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The New Magazine of the Foundation

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Kailash Satyarthi has fought against the exploitation of kinder since 1980, initially focusing on his home country of India. As a result of his efforts, he has been beaten up and seriously injured numerous times. And yet he continues to track down kidnapped children, kicks down the doors of their squalid living quarters, and helps those he frees get back to their families and back into normal lives.

Since taking up this calling, the former electrical engineer and his organization have saved 80,000 children from slave labor. With the "Global March Against Child Labor," he is now putting this issue in the international headlines and on the political agenda.

On October 10, 2014, the Nobel Prize committee awarded Kailash Satyarthi the Nobel Peace Prize. Only five days later, Satyarthi was in Berlin speaking at the international "Era of Citizens" conference, which the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, in addition to commissioning a study which looks at the future of its own sector. What role can civil society in general and foundations in particular play in the future? How do they need to position themselves to be effective?

Often times, the key distinction lies in individuals like Kailash Satyarthi or members of the new generation of founders, who are using their personal wealth for the common good. At the same time, civil society and foundation activities play out on small stages across the globe, wherever people play a role in affecting change in their environments.

The "Era of Citizens" conference was shaped by impressive individuals from civil society and foundations, as well as by knowledgeable observers of this "third sector" of society. And they also provided the material for this magazine.

We hope you enjoy reading it!
Robert Bosch Stiftung (Hg.)  The Magazine "Zeit der Bürger" (18/2015)  Read and recommend