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As the year comes to an end, I'm reflecting on the work of our partners and all they’ve achieved during 2022. They truly exemplify our mission to ensure that everyone – especially those who are underrepresented – has the information, rights, and power to influence the decisions that affect their lives.

In this newsletter, you’ll find the story of Namati, one of our partners who embodies this year’s Human Rights Day theme of “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All”. You will also find a selection of the publications we supported over the past year, among other great content worth your attention.

Stephen King, CEO

Namati: The Journey of Kenya's Disenfranchised to Reclaim their Rights
Can you imagine how your life would look if your country didn’t recognise you as a citizen? For 5 million Kenyans this isn’t a hypothetical question.

Since 2012, our partner Namati has partnered with local organisations to train and deploy paralegals from the communities that have historically faced discrimination, giving them the means to reclaim their rights and their lives.


A curated list of some of the most impactful publications we supported this year.
A 10-point plan to address our information crisis
Big Tech’s business model causes rampant harms to society and democracy. 

What can be done? Nobel laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov released earlier this year a 10-point action plan with tangible actions to address this issue. 
The Great Reset: Public Opinion, Populism, and the Pandemic 
This report represents the first global overview of how the pandemic has changed political attitudes and beliefs.

Among the main insights it finds strong evidence that the pandemic has blunted the rise of populism, including support for populist parties, approval of leaders, and agreement with populist attitudes. 
Parallel Public Spheres: Influence Operations In The 2022 Philippine Elections
This research study explains how the tactics of disinformation during the Philippine electoral campaign have evolved to evade fact-checking practices through “influence operations” which are neither illegal nor deceitful but exploit many grey areas of campaign finance regulation, platform policies, and journalistic norms, as well as latent anxieties and skepticism of citizens. Available in English and Filipino.
Youth and Democracy in Latin America
Many of the studies covering youth and democracy in Latin America primarily use quantitative data, which lacks the nuance to explain youth’s views on such a complex topic.

To address this gap, the team commissioned this study that examines the perceptions of democracy of youth aged 16-24 years old of all political leanings from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 
Worth your attention
Maria Ressa was a guest on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where she discussed her new book “How to Stand Up to a Dictator”, a personal narrative that explores the importance of independent media to uphold democracy. Barb Mickits from our Strategic Communications team highly recommends it.  
Our partner FLIP recently released a new publication that highlights how the radio waves in Colombia have been effectively monopolised by public forces and how that has adversely affected democracy (In Spanish).
TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas succinctly explains the legal challenge against Meta which Luminate is supporting.
The Voces del Sur network, which includes several of our partners, published a report highlighting the dangers faced by journalists during 2021 in 14 countries in Latin America. Juliana Câmara from our Strategic Communications team, who is a former reporter, considers it a vital read. 
Our partner, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), published a new investigation in collaboration with ProPublica and journalists from 46 countries on how the honorary consul system – a little known part of international diplomacy -- has been exploited by unscrupulous individuals.
Where you can find us
Sundance Festival (19-29 January)
Look out for our CEO Stephen King who will moderate a panel about the intersection of storytelling and democracy. More details to come.  
Africa Podcast Festival (12 February)
Several members of our team will be present at Africa’s largest podcast festival. If you love podcasts, don’t miss out on this unique space to meet some of the world’s best audio creatives. 
Africa Media Festival (14-15 February) 
Our partner Baraza Media Lab is organising one of the most interesting gatherings for African media professionals of 2023. Several of our partners and Stan Getui will speak at the event. 

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Our partners are hiring!

There are currently over 650 job openings in 139 organisations including in Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, USA, among others. 


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