2020 has been marked by the coronavirus pandemic and the onset of a new normal. In the wake of this global crisis, our economic, political and social systems have been put through the most unprecedented stress test in modern history. The resilience of individuals and communities in the face of near-systemic collapse has been remarkable. It is this spirit that we can celebrate and find comfort in as the year draws to a close. Progressive civil society actors have been unrelenting, continuing to fight the good fight while also tackling head on the new, demanding challenges of our times – whether it is by advocating for universal vaccine access, fighting against state excesses or holding Big Tech’s feet to the fire.
IT for Change, too, responded to the Covid moment and its multiple discontents in diverse ways. Undertaking direct relief efforts, managing rapid response advocacy initiatives online and rescoping research enquiries in view of mobility restrictions – the year that the organization turned twenty has seen many firsts for us. Internalising these new learnings, we hope to bring renewed vigour and agility to our efforts for social justice and gender equality in the digital paradigm. In this newsletter, we share some highlights from our work in 2020.