Chat Garcia Ramilo
Publisher: APCNews 19 October 2016
APC’s new subgranting programme awarded a total of USD 267,918 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 20 grants, 12 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other eight are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each.
APC’s subgranting programme aims to enable members to contribute to changes towards achieving APC’s vision. APC offered two types of grants in 2016: project grants and small grants for research and campaigns.
The project grants are intended to contribute to the implementation of APC’s strategic plan at the national level, as well as to strengthen ongoing work of APC members that is linked to APC’s strategic priorities.
The small grants are for local campaigns that contribute to members’ advocacy work, and are also meant to enable members to participate in APC-wide campaigns.
Successful grants in 2016 cover 11 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Venezuela. Three other projects are regional in scope, one in Asia and two in Latin America.
This year’s successful grants include projects that tackle issues ranging from e-waste and sustainable development, to gender and surveillance, developing a regulatory framework to promote access, capacity building of civil society advocates to campaign for digital inclusion and affordable internet, and continuing APC members’ work in ending violence online.
What are the factors that inhibit women from accessing and making effective use of the internet in northern Uganda? How to get more women human rights defenders and other people concerned about human rights to really grasp the harmful effects of digital surveillance, and to act upon this knowledge in India? How to push internet rights and policy issues to reach a new audience that could bring in new energy and creativity in advocating for internet rights in Southeast Asia? How to strengthen the response capacity of vulnerable groups such as survivors of technology-based violence and LGTBI people in Colombia? How to raise awareness among internet users and the media about the impact of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act on digital and human rights in Pakistan? What are the steps to be taken for Mexican organisations and communities to have the legal means to do what they see fit in terms of creating new telecommunications networks?
These are just some of the exciting questions raised by the projects granted by APC in 2016. All projects and activities are expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The 2017 project, campaign and research grants will be announced in December 2016.
APC’s subgranting programme is made possible through the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).