$1.5 million awarded in grants to promote Internet resiliency during disaster response

8 November 2021
Two Help.NGO workers in a village

We have awarded $1.5 million in a first round of grant funding to three organizations through our Resiliency program. This funding will support projects that increase network resiliency in communities prone to natural and climate-related disasters, ensuring these communities are better able to prepare for and withstand the effects of a disaster on Internet connectivity.…

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Musings of a MEL Enthusiast: The Power of Language

18 October 2021
A person standing on a skateboard on a road

By Suzane Muhereza Like many organizations are doing at this time of year, our Internet Society Foundation (Foundation) team is currently planning our 2022 priorities. In doing so, we got into a conversation on clarifying and naming our beneficiary communities. In the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) office, I am thinking about how we will…

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Announcing $200k innovation grants to address the Internet connectivity gap

28 September 2021
A group of people collaborating on a wall with post-it notes

We are excited to announce a round of grant funding to advance Internet access and connectivity through our Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technology (BOLT) program. In its first year, the BOLT grant program aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to develop innovative solutions to Internet connectivity, particularly among communities where current technologies are…

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The future of e-waste in Africa

24 August 2021
Close up of e-waste in a skip

Driven by the vision on an Internet for Everyone, The Internet Society (ISOC) Zimbabwe Chapter runs programs aimed at making a difference locally, informing policy, and educating the public about Internet-related issues. In collaboration with the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, they are a 2021 awardee of our Research Grant Programme that examines the impact of the Internet on the environment. We spoke with Dr Vusumuzi Maphosa, lead Researcher and Jasper Mangwana, ISOC Zimbabwe President to learn more about this project and what it hopes to achieve.

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$1.5 million awarded in second round of grant funding for COVID-19 response

20 July 2021
A nurse stands in a hospital ward in Murambinda, Zimbabwe

We are pleased to award $1.5 million in a second round of grant funding through our Emergency Response Program to four projects that are responding to COVID-19 by connecting vulnerable communities to the Internet.   The selected projects include: HELP. NGO’s Disaster Immediate Response Team which is expanding Internet connectivity for public health and emergency…

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Musings of a MEL Enthusiast

1 July 2021
A person standing on a skateboard on a road

Hello! My name is Su Muhereza, I am the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager at the Internet Society Foundation. I have been in the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) world for over five years now, mainly working in the democracy, rights and governance space and most of my MEL life revolved around tracking results and…

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Second round of grant funding awarded to researchers studying the future of the Internet

9 June 2021
Three women working together on laptops

We are thrilled to award a second round of grant funding through our Research grant programme to four exciting projects that examine the future and sustainability of the Internet. Launched in 2020, this programme supports a diverse group of researchers around the world who are generating solutions today to meet the Internet challenges of tomorrow. The selected…

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Announcing second round of digital skills grants

3 May 2021
Young woman in orange dress uses a tablet computer

We are thrilled to announce a second round of grant funding to support digital skills development through our SCILLS programme. In its second year, the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) programme aims to expand economic growth and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet.…

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Five questions with Dr. Chomora Mikeka, Greening the Internet Research Programme Grantee

22 April 2021
Wind turbines at sunset

Associate Professor Chomora Mikeka is the Director of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) in the Ministry of Education of Malawi Government, and former Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Malawi. His PhD research was about power autonomous sensor radio based on cellular and digital TV RF energy harvesting. He is a…

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Bridging the digital gender divide

8 March 2021
Woman in a classroom working on a computer alongside pupils

At the Internet Society Foundation we are deeply aware of how the digital gender gap affects women’s livelihoods, health, and education outcomes. As our society becomes more digitally dependent, women, their wider communities and entire nations are at risk of losing out on the benefits of full participation in digital economies. To acknowledge and join…

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