Strategic management and fundraising

APC’s strategic management team, lead by the executive director, works closely with the executive board to make sure that APC achieves its strategic priorities.

Mobilising financial resources takes place at several levels. It includes relationship building. The fundraising management system ensures that we have the necessary funds to implement APC’s strategic action plans and keep the organisation and network healthy, effective and sustainable. Financial resources are mobilsed through:

  • Proposal development fundraising in each of the three programmes
  • Joint fundraising efforts with APC members and strategic partners


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    Anriette Esterhuysen
    Executive director
    Anriette is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications, an international network - established in 1990 - of organisations working with ICTs to support social justice and development. Prior to joining APC Anriette was executive director of APC member in South Africa, SANGONeT, an internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organisations. From 1987 to 1992, when she joined SANGONeT, she did information and communication work in development and human rights organisations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. During this period, and while she was at SANGONeT, Anriette, with many others, helped establish email and internet connectivity in Southern Africa. SANGONeT hosted a Fidonet hub that provided universities and nongovernmental organisations in, among other places, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with email links to global networks as part of a collaboration between the APC and the United Nations Development Programme. She has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa's African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the WSIS Task Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on IGF Improvements. She is currently a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum and serves on the boards of GeSCI (Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative) and Ungana-Afrika. Anriette has published extensively on ICTs for development and social justice.
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    Chat Garcia Ramilo
    Deputy Executive Director
    Chat is a senior manager and consultant specialized in gender, women's rights and information and communication technology for 15 years. She has been working with APC since 2000. She is an experienced manager, evaluator, resource person and speaker on gender and ICTs internationally. Chat was the manager of the APC’s women’s programme from 2005 - 2012 and led the development, fundraising and management of 9 multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment. She managed APC’s gender evaluation methodology project from 2001-2005 and was lead author of Gender Evaluation Methodologies for Internet and ICTs (GEM), published in 2005. Chat has worked as a gender and ICT consultant for CIDA, IDRC, World Bank, UNIFEM, UNESCAP and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. Chat is the Board Chair of the Center for Migrant Advocacy in the Philippines. She lives in the Philippines with her son. Areas of Expertise: • Design and management of multi-country women’s empowerment and development projects. • Gender planning and evaluation of ICT for development projects and programmes. • Design and management of gender and digital divide research projects. • Training facilitator on gender analysis of ICT for development projects. • Strategic planning and organisational development of civil society organisations. • Management and coordination of multi-country teams and partnerships. • Experienced speaker and resource person on women’s rights, gender equality and ICT for development. Articles written: Angela Kuga Thas, Chat Garcia Ramilo and Dafne Sabanes Plou, Facilitators Guide for GEM Workshops, Association for Progressive Communications, May, 2010. Chat Ramilo and Cheekay Cinco. Gender and Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs: A learning Tool for Change and Empowerment, APC Women's Networking Support Programme, October, 2005. Chat Ramilo, Nancy Hafkin and Sonia Jorge. Gender equality and empowerment of women through ICT, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, November, 2005 Chat Ramilo, Sonia Jorge and Wati Hermawati. Engendering Rural Information System in Indonesia, The World Bank, Rural Development and Natural Resources Unit, East Asia and the Pacific Region, June 2005.
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    Alexandra Groome
    Executive Assistant
    Alex Groome is originally from Montreal, but has been working from APC's office in Johannesburg from October 2012. She is currently Executive Assistant working 0.8 FTE. Her KRA's are as follows:<br> <br> <br> 1: Resource mobilisation<br> • Resource mobilisation list: Moderate resource mobilisation list including ensuring that funding calls are being followed up and tasks are allocated and reminding staff of deadlines<br> • Scan information for funding calls and post relevant information to the APC resource mobilisation list and APC members' list. • Record and monitor workplan of all fundraising efforts with tasks and timeline.<br> • Proposal writing: Support proposal writing including completing information for proposals especially on organisational sections, background materials for proposals and monitoring all requirements for submission<br> • Undertake desk based research as needed.<br> .<br> 2 Donor reports<br> • Provide support to strategic management team in preparation of donor reports by collecting information required for the reports, proofing and editing draft reports, liaison with donors as needed and submission of final reports.<br> <br> 3: Staff meetings and processes<br> • Staff meetings: Arrange and call monthly online staff meetings and other meetings. Take notes and post notes to APC team and on the APC meeting wiki. Provide support for organising of staff face-to-face meetings.<br> • APC calendar: Develop APC calendar as a planning tool for staff, keep APC events/activity calendar updated, ensure staff record all events well in advance, inform staff on regular basis of events with emphasis on staff tasks and coordination.<br> • APC activity reporting: Monitor and ensure proper and timely reporting of activities in APC's reporting platform.<br> • Provide support in generating reports required for various purposes such as EB reports and annual reports.<br> <br> 4: Membership Coordination<br> Provide support in organising online and face-to-face meetings of members.<br> <br> 5: General networking support to the ED and the DED<br> • External Communications: Provide support to Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director in responding to external communications as required by preparing and editing correspondence and other information.<br> • Event participation: Support ED and DED in event participation by developing itineraries agendas and presentations and arranging travel and accommodations as needed.<br> • Networking: Arrange, plan and schedule networking meetings and other appointments for ED and DED as needed.<br> • Arrange requirements and act as liaison for APC's UN ECOSOC membership which include registration of official APC delegates for UN events.<br> • Support monitoring and evaluation work as needed<br> <br> 6: Logistics support <br> <br>
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    Karel Novotný
    Member collaboration and knowledge sharing coordinator
    Karel lives in Prague and is a sociologist by profession. He has been with the APC since 2004 and is in charge of initiatives that promote the strategic use of ICTs, such as the Chris Nicol FOSS prize and Web 2.0 and community wireless networks.

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