The Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 7TH, 2020.

About the Fund

The Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) offers flexible and rapid response grants to select initiatives in Africa to implement activities that advance digital rights, including advocacy, litigation, research, policy analysis, digital literacy and digital security skills building.

Round three of the ADRF is particularly interested in proposals for work related to Covid-19 response measures, how they affect the internet rights landscape, and how to redress any resulting harms to rights and freedoms. This effort is essential because, even in pandemic times, governments must respect rights and not abuse emergency powers. Moreover, many actors need access to credible information and research to inform their own work on awareness-raising and holding authorities to account during and in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Initiatives not focused on Covid-19 but working in various thematic areas, including but not limited to the following are also welcome to apply:

  • Access and affordability
  • Access to Information
  • Cybercrime
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Digital economy
  • Digital Identity (ID)
  • Digital security
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • eGovernance
  • Freedom of expression
  • Hate speech
  • Innovation for democratic participation, transparency and accountability (civic and social tech)
  • Misinformation/Disinformation
  • Network disruptions
  • Strategic litigation
  • Surveillance

In line with CIPESA and ADRF’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals, proposals focused on marginalised/vulnerable populations including women, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and refugees are strongly encouraged.

Grant amounts range between US$ 1,000 and US$ 20,000, depending on the need and scope of the proposed intervention. The grant period will not exceed 6 months. It is anticipated that around 10 grants will be awarded in this round.

General Guidelines

Geographical Coverage

Round three of ADRF is open to organisations based and/or operational in Africa and with interventions covering any country on the continent.

Size of Grants

Grant size in round three shall range from US$1,000 to US$20,000. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged.

Eligible Activities

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, policy analysis, litigation, digital literacy and digital security skills building, and participating in digital rights legal and legislative processes.

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