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.
Latin America is the world’s most unequal region. Disparities in wealth and privilege are interwoven with systemic inequities based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and other factors. When crises arise, women, youth, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of colour are some of the worst affected; yet they are also the least represented in civic and political life.
Trust in democracy is being undermined by politicians and institutions failing to represent and serve all. This is paving the way for populist leaders who threaten freedoms and rights. Social media platforms are fuelling division. Media narratives and culture are often controlled and defined by elites. And many journalists and others who challenge power face violent aggression.
Our strategic focus
Despite these complex issues, we believe a brighter future for Latin American democracy is possible. Activists and journalists – particularly those from underrepresented groups – are raising their voices and driving change. They are challenging power, defending human rights, changing traditional narratives, producing quality journalism, advocating for freedom of expression, and pushing for better political representation and participation.
We work alongside these groups to help challenge power and ensure they can shape society. We do this across Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico – the region’s largest democracies and countries where we have a track record of impact with civil society and media.
Our current priorities
Driving greater representation in political institutions and policymaking
Women, young people, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of colour are among those who face structural barriers to accessing power and fully participating in civic and political life. We fund initiatives that put digital tools at the service of grassroots movements and campaigns, and we support members of underrepresented groups to become civic and political leaders. We also support narratives that call out injustice and promote inclusion and empowerment.
Enabling civil society to operate effectively and navigate threats
For human rights defenders, activists, and journalists, Latin American countries are among the most dangerous in the world. Aggression against those who challenge power is increasing. For example, Colombia has the highest number of killings of civil society leaders and activists, while journalists in Mexico can face threats and violence every day. We provide tools and facilitate security training to increase the resilience of those challenging power. We also advocate for protection and justice on behalf of those who are threatened and attacked.
Extending the reach and impact of independent journalism
In Latin America, media ownership is concentrated in the hands of just a few elite groups. We support digital media outlets committed to holding power to account and amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups. We aim to make sure they can grow their reach and impact, while strengthening their long-term financial independence and sustainability.
Protecting freedom of speech while countering disinformation and hate speech
Social media platforms lack transparency. When moderating content, they often disregard considerations about local context. This amplifies harmful narratives, extremist views, and the spread of misinformation and disinformation. In response, we document digital harms. We fund and participate in campaigns to raise awareness about platforms’ damaging practices. And we advocate for better content moderation policies. In particular, we support regulation that protects freedom of expression while holding digital media platforms to account for what is published via their platforms and channels.