Cater's Choice

The tastiest sector-related morsels from the media and beyond served up by Nick Cater.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater




With entries ranging from Afghanistan to wilful killing, the second edition of Crimes of War: what the public should know, a guide to the codes of conduct for conflict, is even more comprehensive than its predecessor. Published by Norton and costing £13.99, it is an informative, calm and scrupulously accurate A-Z account of war and its crimes, which is why a copy was recently spotted under the arm of UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie. For all charities and their staff engaged in human rights, aid, conflict or international affairs work - not forgetting journalists, politicians and, indeed, soldiers - this is an absolutely essential resource. Find out more online at the website




Unicef has long been a pioneer in fundraising and advocacy, from celebrities and special events to its greeting cards empire. Next Tuesday, 6 November, at 11.30am, Radio 4 celebrates one of these celebrities, highlighting the role of the first goodwill ambassador in Danny Kaye - Unicef's Jester.




To help social enterprises access capital, the Government is planning a public-private £20m risk capital pathfinder fund. Details of the consultation, which closes on 2 November, including how to send comments to the wonderfully named Justine da Palma Vieira, can be found by clicking 'third sector' at




Regeneration can superficially seem to be about bricks and mortar, not people and their lives. Empowerment 2007 in Birmingham today focuses on community cohesion, asset ownership and how to empower communities to take positive action. There's more at And on 5-6 November, the South West Forum voluntary sector umbrella network meets in Cornwall to discuss Challenging Poverty and Disadvantage. More at




Why does the title of Acevo head Stephen Bubb's talk about professionalising the third sector seem so appropriate to the man? Building Castles in the Air is at City University's Centre for Charity Effectiveness tonight. For more, visit centre

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