Seeding change

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? In this section we're highlighting stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC sub-granting.

Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria
Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria 13 September 2022 Débora Prado

A groundbreaking project showcases how Nigerian communities are using low-cost, free technologies to monitor air pollution and stand up to hold the responsible accountable.

Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon
Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon 11 August 2022 Maja Romano

Imagine you are in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. There is no mobile coverage or internet access. The long distances and rugged landscapes make communication highly challenging. These communities are precisely the ones Rhizomatica aims to support when building new technologies that connect people.

Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines
Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines 21 June 2022 Leila Nachawati Rego

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rampant surveillance and citizen monitoring under the guise of public health. FMA's recent research focused on understanding how such privacy and freedoms were being curtailed in the Philippines, providing recommendations for a more equitable response and helping civil society hold the government accountable.

Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia
Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia 08 June 2022 APCNews

When the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the whole world, the experience of communities in the rural and remote Ciracap sub-district in West Java, Indonesia, showed the importance and power of building a local response to the crisis. Common Room fostered the deployment of the "Ciracap Sub-district Community Network", a connectivity infrastructure, in a region where people face many challenges to a...

Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right
Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right 29 April 2022 APCNews

Recognising the need for a rapid and effective response to the pressing issue of access to online education, Bytesforall Bangladesh saw an opportunity to advocate for equitable access to the internet as a public good, affirming access to education as a fundamental human right.

Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable
Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable 12 April 2022 APCNews

Uganda's new digital ID system has increased exclusion among the most vulnerable. To better understand what this entails and how to address it, we talked to Unwanted Witness on human rights online in Uganda, the region and beyond.

Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico
Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico 01 April 2022 APCNews

In this photo essay we will discover the experiences and learnings from two communities in Mexico – Cherán and Xocoyolo. The women in these communities get together to redefine technologies and develop their networks locally.

Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist
Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist 16 March 2022 APCNews

Open Culture Foundation worked with civil society groups to push the Taiwanese government to reject digital ID cards until legislation is implemented to safeguard the privacy and information of the public.

Seeding change: Environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen female leadership
Seeding change: Environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen female leadership 04 March 2022 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? In Central America, the intersection between digital transformation and environmental justice has been a priority for Sulá Batsú for many years.

The strength of a network: A look back on how APC members have been seeding change in their communities
The strength of a network: A look back on how APC members have been seeding change in their communities 15 December 2021 APCNews

in 2021, we highlighted 27 stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC subgranting. These stories demonstrate that listening to multiple voices and learning from positive impacts made locally are important ways to keep seeding and harvesting change.

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