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In 2011 Ford Foundation Indonesia invited three organizations - the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Wikimedia Indonesia, and ICT Watch to collaborate on an initiative that aims to strengthen the field of media access and rights in Indonesia.

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Ford Foundation, the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Wikimedia Indonesia and ICT Watch believe that poor and excluded populations should have a voice in establishing, accessing and participating in a representative media environment.

About us

In 2011 Ford Foundation Indonesia invited three media organizations; the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Wikimedia Indonesia, and ICT Watch to collaborate on an initiative that aims to support openness, innovation, diversity and equitable access to the media in Indonesia. The initiative aims to support new ventures that promote and ensure that all people — especially the poor and marginalized — have both the means and the rights to participate in a diverse media system.

The initiative is open to organizations and individuals whose project proposals will benefit the Indonesian media environment. In 2011 grants to a total of one million dollars (Rupiah 8.5 billion) will be provided for projects specified under four categories. The four application categories include:

  1. Hacking the barriers - diversity in the media
  2. Just and equitable access to media technologies
  3. Media freedom and online ethics
  4. Media monitoring

The application categories are accompanied by key strategies and approaches that may be employed in project proposals, which include: local content, technology, action, monitoring, mediation, and creative strategies.

The four application categories address particular needs within the Indonesian media environment which were designed to get people thinking and talking about these issues and how they can make a difference to improve issues of media rights and access in Indonesia. Selected projects will be those that attempt to address the four application categories in fresh and innovative ways and demonstrate a potential for scale and impact within the Indonesian media environment.

Final projects will be selected by an advisory panel consisting of leaders and innovators in the media and technology sector.


Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a private nonprofit organization based in New York, United States and was founded by Edsel Ford and Henry Ford in 1936. Ford Foundation begin their work in Indonesia since 1953, and Ford's commitment in 2008 was to support initiatives that focuses on enforcement of democratic values, community and economic development, education, media, arts and culture, and human rights. Ford specific interest is to identify and contribute to a variety of problem solving in local, national, or international.

Ford grants has benefited various educational institutions, civil society organizations, research centers, government offices, universities, and individuals - through research, training, and scholarship program. In general, works that strengthen democratic values, reduce inequality and poverty, supports international cooperation and enhancing effort in humanity. Ford's commitment is toward positive social change, social justice, and support toward a more diverse and pluralism among Ford's partners in Indonesia.

ICT Watch

ICT Watch ("The Partnership for Information and Communication Technology of Indonesia") is the societal institutions in the form of a non-profit organization legally incorporated in 2002 in Jakarta. ICT Watch originated from a group of young people who shared similar concern regarding the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), human empowerment and its implementation in Indonesia. The focus of activity in the field of ICT Watch is a research and social campaigns with the weighting in the field of ITK. Dalam menjalankan aktifitasnya ICT Watch selalu bekerjasama dengan pemangku kepentingan lainnya yang memiliki visi dan misi yang sama. In carrying out its activities ICT Watch always cooperate with other stakeholders who have the same vision and mission. Salah satu program ICT Watch yang giat dikampanyekan kini adalah "internet sehat", sebagai payung program advokasi untuk segala aktifitas yang terkait dengan penggunaan internet dan media baru dalam berkomunikasi, mendistribusikan informasi, dan berbagi pengetahuan. One program which actively campaigned ICT Watch now are "healthy Internet," as an umbrella advocacy program for all activities associated with the use of the Internet and new media to communicate, distribute information, and knowledge sharing.

AJI

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) lahir melalui deklarasi di Sirnagalih, Bogor, 7 Agustus 1994 ditandatangani yang berisi empat hal: (1) dipenuhinya hak publik atas informasi, (2) menentang pengekangan pers, (3) menolak wadah tunggal untuk jurnalis, serta (4) mengumumkan berdirinya AJI. Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) was born through a declaration in Sirnagalih, Bogor, August 7, 1994 signed with four things: (1) fulfillment of the public right to information, (2) against the restraint of the press, (3) reject the sole forum for journalists, and ( 4) announce the establishment of AJI. Pada masa Orde Baru, AJI masuk dalam daftar organisasi terlarang yang menempatkan AJI berada dalam barisan kelompok yang mendorong demokratisasi dan menentang otoritarianisme, sehingga AJI dikenal sebagai pembela kebebasan pers dan berekspresi. During the New Order, AJI entry in the list of banned terrorist organizations that put AJI is in line groups that promote democracy and against authoritarianism, so that AJI is known as a defender of freedom of press and expression. AJI diterima secara resmi menjadi anggota IFJ, organisasi jurnalis terbesar dan paling berpengaruh di dunia, yang bermarkas di Brussels, Belgia, pada 18 Oktober 1995. AJI accepted officially became a member of the IFJ, the organization's largest and most influential journalist in the world, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, on October 18, 1995. Aktivis lembaga ini juga mendapat beberapa penghargaan dari dunia internasional. Activist organizations also received several awards from the international community. Di antaranya dari Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), The Freedom Forum (AS), International Press Institute (IPI-Wina) dan The Global Network of Editors and Media Executive (Zurich). Among the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), The Freedom Forum (USA), International Press Institute (IPI-Vienna) and The Global Network of Editors and Media Executive (Zurich).

Berdasarkan keputusan Kongres AJI ke-V di Bogor, 17-20 Oktober 2003, ditetapkan bahwa bentuk organisasi AJI adalah perkumpulan dengan beberapa AJI kota memiliki otonomi untuk mengatur rumah tangganya sendiri. Based on the decision of Congress to the AJI-V in Bogor, 17-20 October 2003, stipulated that the organizational form AJI AJI is the association with some cities have autonomy to manage their own households.

Wikimedia Indonesia

Wikimedia Indonesia adalah sebuah organisasi nirlaba berbentuk asosiasi dengan keanggotaan terbuka yang didirikan pada tahun 2008 di Jakarta. Wikimedia Indonesia is a nonprofit association with membership open form which was founded in 2008 in Jakarta. Pendirinya merupakan oleh sukarelawan pengguna yang peduli akan pengetahuan bersumber terbuka yang mejadi dasar dari situs ensiklopedi dalam jaringan internet terbesar di Indonesia: Wikipedia. Its founder is by volunteers who care about the users of open source knowledge that form the basis of the encyclopedia site in Indonesia's largest Internet network: Wikipedia.

Wikimedia Indonesia didirikan dengan tujuan membina pengetahuan pada umumnya, dan sumber terbuka pada khususnya, dengan moto "Bebaskan Pengetahuan", Wikimedia Indonesia mendukung pengetahuan bebas bersama Wikimedia Foundation, dan asosiasi-asosiasi lokal Wikimedia lainnya yang terdapat di 30 negara di dunia. Wikimedia Indonesia was established with the aim of fostering knowledge in general, and open source in particular, with the motto "Free Knowledge", Wikimedia Indonesia supports free knowledge with the Wikimedia Foundation, associations and other local chapters located in 30 countries around the world. Tim Penasehat dan Seleksi Advisory and Selection Team

Kelompok yang terdiri dari 9 orang perwakilan dari tujuh disiplin ilmu yang akan menentukan permintaan hibah terbaik yang berhak didaai untuk menjadikan ide mereka proyek yang nyata. The group consists of 9 representatives of the seven disciplines that will determine the best grant requests are eligible didaai to make their ideas a real project.

Not in the website but on the proposals/ booklet

About us

Ford Foundation Indonesia, ICT Watch, AJI, and Wikimedia Indonesia are four major organization supporting this initiative. As much as 1 million U.S. dollars (or equal to 8.5 billion Rupiah) will be delegated to the three organizations in Indonesia; ICT Watch, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), and the Wikimedia Indonesia, to channeled to the best proposals expressed by the Advisory and Selection Team consist of ten experts.

1. Goal

Open Call Proposal Grants "Making Our Media" is a grant to support by providing individuals, groups and organizations in realizing their ideas into real-life impact implementation to create media as a mediator that open horizons and access to public services.

Grant request proposal must be able to describe ways of proving that the media and digital technology can be used to a more fair solution for social justice. The Grant aims to stimulate new interest in using and disseminating the correct, useful, and accurate information and channels it using the right technology to serve the public in need. As a result, this information will sustainably run inside the media to become to improve media policies in Indonesia.


3. Indonesian Media Current Issues

Indonesian Journalists Alliance, Wikimedia Indonesia, ICT Watch, and the Ford Foundation believes that a change towards social justice is not easy and the media can be a driving force to contribute actively as partners for individuals or groups that strive and work in this issue.

Yet access for this agents of change to the media, for various reason, can prove to be difficult, and in certain some cases, expensive. A study to media trends reveals that the press love to cover individual stories who is successful in their endeavor by taking risks, answers to the opportunities, diligent, and hardworking. However, stories which emphasis on large scale success resulting from a good policy born from a certain institution or a joint success based on openly accountable performance to the public - are rarely reported.

Media coverage is dominated by for profit based companies or feed an "emotional" news stories of a specific individual about grief, pleasure, emotional debate, and fear. The problem with emotional stories coverage is the plot is automatically "broken" since it is failed to associate one problem with another that links to a bigger picture, which is system improvement.

Television as a successful medium that ables to reach out and become a reference to 93 percent of Indonesian viewers, more often than not caught selling "emotions" resulting TV audience to respond to real social problems as a "victim of circumstance" and the problem will go away by itself if they "try hard".

This situation is worrisome since by this systematical approach, Indonesian media, whether they realize it or not are making their audience paralyzed to see that as citizen it is also their responsibility and their right to actively participate in improving the situation.

A media that provide useful information, encouragement, and guidance for the citizens, will enable it consumers to see loose knots that they can fix, it will give people the courage to fix things, and ultimately contribute to improves an equal opportunity for a better system to suppor social justice cause.

4. Opportunities for improvement and change

We Make Our Media is a grant to finance individual, groups, and organization initiatives that offer creative solutions in using an effective medium to reach people and their media problems.

Grant request must be in a corridor four major themes: (select a theme)