DOC-it is a program run by DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) to support human rights organisations in collecting, analyzing and visualizing data by implementing or improving electronic documentation systems for human rights monitoring and related advocacy activities in Uganda.
Reliable, comprehensive and verified documentation is at the heart of human rights work and contributes directly to the credibility and impact of advocacy activities. By utilising electronic documentation systems (databases), organisations can leverage technology to better store, understand, and utilise the information they collect. DOC-it aims to strengthen the skills of organisations along every step of the data documentation process.
In DOC-it, organisations will be supported through training, strategic planning, and technical assistance to deploy an electronic documentation system or improve an existing project. The goal of the project is to better understand, present, and communicate the data which emerges from this documentation, and to plan advocacy and communications actions to maximise the impact of this information. We will provide hands-on support along with the expertise of developers and designers to make use of the information from the electronic documentation systems in campaigns and advocacy strategies.
The application deadline is 9th February 2018. For any inquiries contact niyer [at] defenddefenders.org.
What are electronic documentation systems?
Electronic documentation systems are database software which can be used by organisations to better manage and access their data. While every system offers a different set of features, most systems can store your reports, search within them, sort records, and perform basic reporting and statistical presentations. Data may be further understood and presented using tools such as Excel or Google Sheets and presented online or in print using various visualisation techniques.
There are many free and open source electronic documentation systems which have been designed to be used by human rights organisations. Some of the systems we are familiar with are Martus, OpenEvSys, CiviCRM, CaseBox, and OHCHR’s Complaints Management System. Every software has its pro’s and con’s and these should be understood at the planning stage of any documentation project. We are software-agnostic and will seek to support the best ‘fit’ for any organisation.
Who is it for?
DOC-it is open on competitive basis for Ugandan human rights organisations already documenting human rights violations, and are seeking to improve or implement their electronic documentation systems, or are in the process of launching a new documentation project.
Organisations must have the capacity to fully execute their documentation projects including a data lead officer and a technical officer who will administer the electronic systems.
What is the selection criteria?
We will assess applications on several criteria, including:
- The organisation is based in Uganda;
- Strength of existing documentation project or capacity to implement planned projects;
- Capacity to administer and lead an electronic documentation project;
- Capacity to conduct advocacy and communications actions; and
- Our ability to offer meaningful support to the project.
To apply, click here.
Doc-IT is generously supported by Irish Aid and the Embassy to Uganda of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.