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/

Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa
Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa 25 September 2019 APCNews

How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users?  These are some of the issues that Josephine Miliza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective.

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

This project aims to build awareness and collaborative action on internet policy and regulation among activists in the global South by securing human rights in internet policy and regulation in Africa, and integrating a feminist and gender justice agenda in internet governance debates and processes.

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

Through the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights project, APC will facilitate national initiatives and support human rights campaigns in ten countries across the globe where opportunity, capacity and momentum already exist.

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 lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights.

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 WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

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

Breakthrough study in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and USA is showing the internet hosts critical info about sex education, health, fighting sex discrimination and defining your own sexuality. Sexuality online is not just about porn.

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