Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organisations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Its goals for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Its headquarters are in the US and it has regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

With trends in donor funding shifting overwhelmingly towards project support and away from institutional support, APC is particularly appreciative of the programme support that the Ford Foundation provided from 1997 to 2002. The Ford Foundation also supported the APC Council Meeting in South Africa in 1997.

Work supported:

  • Core support for internet rights and gender justice advocacy at international and regional levels, and core support for institutional strengthening (2017-2018)

  • Support to research a feminist perspective on internet policy issues and build cross-movement collaboration with women’s rights groups in the global South (2016-2017)

  • Mid-term evaluation of the outcomes resulting from the implementation of APC’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan (2016)

  • Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) (2014-2015)

  • EROTICS II: Support to strengthen advocacy work on internet governance and access to SRH and Rights (2012-2014)

  • Strengthening Civil Society Networking and Advocacy on Internet Public Policy in Global Arenas (2009-2011)

  • EROTICS Sexuality and the Internet - An Exploratory Research Project (2008-2011)

  • Global ICT Policy Advocacy for Information and Communications for Social Justice and Sustainable Development (2008)

  • CIPP programme core support (2006-2008)

  • Global Advocacy on Communication Rights (2003)

Link: https://www.fordfoundation.org/

Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean 13 May 2016

Building an internet rights movement in the global South The internet rights discourse has always been characterised by a relatively narrow civil and political rights orientation. It has not included many rights-related issues which are important for developing country actors, be they from government, social movements or civil society. Nor has it been influenced much by those for whom the internet is a vital platform for expression and participation, including women’s rights activists and p...

Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR)
Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR) 11 March 2015

The Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project aims to empower national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet. APC will facilitate national initiatives and support human rights campaigns in ten countries across the globe where opportunity, capacity and momentum already exist. How will we do it? With the support of the Ford Foundation, APC will engage with local partners to identify their needs and opportunities for action, providing targeted support in ...

EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms
EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms 24 October 2014 Horacio Sívori and Bruno Zilli

The EROTICS project looks at the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms on the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The EROTICS case studies showed that while increasing online activity exposes users to certain risks and threats, individuals and collectives are successful in developing means of self-protection...

Global Information Society Watch
Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing World Summit on the Information Society or WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information societ...

EROTICS: An exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet
EROTICS: An exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet 19 February 2009

What is “harmful content” on the internet? The definition is contestable, subjective and open to a range of interpretations, and the majority of interventions to combat it are mostly concerned with obscenity and child pornography. Sexual rights workers are troubled by the growing role of conservative forces – supported by religious extremists – and their attempts to encourage new legisl...

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