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Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF)

Organisation: Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression
  • Gender equality in media

Funding Size: $1000 to $10,000

Deadline: 05/05/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    The Fund is open to organisations and coalitions working to advance digital rights in Africa. This includes but is not limited to human rights defenders, media, activists, think tanks, legal aid groups, and tech hubs. Entities working on women’s rights, or with youth, sexual minorities, refugees, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target country: South Sudan
  • Application language: English

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is calling for proposals to support digital rights work across Africa through the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF).

This is the seventh call for proposals under CIPESA’s Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) initiative which provides rapid response and flexible grants to organisations and networks to implement activities that promote digital rights, including advocacy, litigation, research, policy analysis, skills development and movement building.

The current call is particularly interested in proposals for work related to:

  • Data governance including aspects of data localisation, cross-border data flows, biometric databases and digital ID
  • Digital resilience for human rights defenders, other activists and journalists
  • Censorship and network disruptions
  • Digital economy
  • Digital inclusion including aspects of accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Disinformation
  • Online violence against women
  • Platform accountability

The activities that are eligible for funding are those that protect and advance digital rights. These may include but are not limited to research, advocacy, engagement in policy processes, litigation, digital literacy and digital security skills building.

See here to learn more and apply.

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