We support organisations around the world working to ensure people can fully participate in civic and political life, safely challenge power, and access accurate, trustworthy information.
The economic growth and social transformation achieved across Asia in recent decades are a testament to the resilience of peoples who, in the preceding century, experienced colonialism, dictatorship, and tumultuous nation-building processes.
While this history remains part of life in the countries where we focus our work – Indonesia and Malaysia – both have made progress towards more accountable and responsive governments and empowered people.
However, inequality and corruption, and restrictions on civic space and expression, all remain. In the past decade, powerful interests have weaponised technology, and social and political life across the region has been shaped significantly by social media and both misinformation and disinformation.
Our strategic focus
We have operated in Asia since 2009, supporting activism and social movements. We are focused on helping to build more inclusive and less polarised societies, where civic space and dissent are protected and supported.
Our current priorities
Increasing inclusion and representation
We support organisations and programmes working to create a more inclusive society in Malaysia. By strengthening those involved in this work and partnering on specific programmes, we aim to help grow public support for the full participation of underrepresented groups in civic and political life.
Protecting civic space and strengthening civil society
Across Indonesia and Malaysia, we are focused on protecting civic space and working to advance foundational rights such as the right to free expression and information. We are taking an ecosystem building approach, investing to foster effective, resilient, and well-connected civil society by enhancing their capacity, supporting civic movement building and protecting civil society actors from repression.
Tackling misinformation and disinformation
Across the region, we are focused on efforts to counter mis- and disinformation, particularly online. We support research, campaigns, and civil society mobilisation efforts that shine a light on the harms caused by online hate speech and manipulation. And we provide support to those working to find solutions to this growing problem.