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.
We live in an interconnected world. Authoritarian leaders borrow legislation, policy, and tactics from each other's playbooks. We see greater restrictions on civic space, growing repression, more barriers to political participation, and widespread distrust of the media. Disinformation is rife and independent journalism struggling to survive. These trends make meaningful civic and political participation tougher, especially for those underrepresented historically.
Our strategic focus
The Global Programmes team tackles these challenges at a transregional level by supporting organisations whose work transcends borders. By doing this, we aim to increase the impact of Luminate’s regional partners across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Together, we can increase meaningful civic and political participation and help create an environment where independent media thrives.
Our current priorities
Making political power more inclusive
Underrepresented groups are often excluded from decision-making in institutions of power at the national or international level, even though they can be disproportionately affected by these institutions' decisions. Globally underrepresented groups don't get the say they should have in the transregional policy decisions that impact them. To change this, we work to challenge discriminatory legislation and policy and change global and transregional norms on who gets to sit at the tables of power.
Building resilient, inclusive media organisations
Accurate, independent information that includes underrepresented perspectives can help shape well-informed public opinion. We fund transregional journalism and cross-border investigative journalism that holds power to account and highlights critical issues for the public to consider. We care about newsroom diversity. We partner with organisations that protect journalists and activists from violations and those who take legal action against persecutors.
Creating strong information ecosystems
The increase in misinformation and disinformation has significantly contributed to polarisation and distrust of media, even of facts themselves. We want to support healthy public debate, helping people to be well informed and making content less polarised. We do this by supporting global mechanisms, including technology and journalism standards that counter mis- and disinformation. This includes funding organisations that set high global standards of accuracy in independent journalism and block advertising to disinformation sites.
Ensuring those who challenge power can do so safely and effectively
With civic participation and dissent under threat in many countries and regions, there is an urgent need to counter state-sanctioned repression. To do this, we support social movements and activists and improve the environments in which they operate, so they can be more effective in creating reform. We do this by supporting global organisations that enable social and political movements, providing them with vital resources such as training, networking, and funding.