Our Work


DefendersTech is an innovation team working to facilitate intelligent, strategic, and secure usage of technology by human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa.

We do this through interlinked programs of Digital Safety Education & Support, Documentation & Data, Research & Monitoring, and Web Presence. These programs are offered to human rights defenders working within the East & Horn of Africa sub-region: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia (including Somaliland).

Read on below to learn more about these programs. To begin discussing your needs contact us at ict [at] defenddefenders [dot] org or contact us through our contact form.

Digital Safety Education & Support

We offer digital security training for human rights defenders and journalists with beginner, intermediate, or advanced ICT skills as well as advanced trainings for IT staff of human rights organisations. We also offer assessments to individuals and digital security health check-ups to organisations.

Within our team we hold 4 degrees in Computer Science and many industry certifications (CISSP, CISA, Security+, ITIL, as well as various Windows and Cisco credits). The team has contributed to the forthcoming DefendDefenders security manual and to community-led education projects Security In A Box, Level-Up, and SAFETAG.

Documentation & Data

We offer training and support on electronic documentation systems for human rights documentation projects. Systems we are familiar with include Martus, OpenEvSys, CiviCRM, Kobo Toolbox, and Elmo, as well as Google Docs and Excel-based systems.

In 2016 we began to offer support to Ugandan organisations through the DOC-IT Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy program.

Research & Monitoring

We have contributed measurements to censorship monitoring projects in several countries in the sub-region and monitor for developments and trends affecting digital safety and privacy of human rights defenders. This is done through a partnership with Open Observatory of Network Interference.

Web Presence

We offer a small-scale hosting service for human rights organisations in the sub-region demonstrating commitment to maintaining web presence and developing archives of human rights information. Currently we are hosting websites 13 human rights organisations and experimenting with interventions to promote security and stability of websites.

In addition we offer social media training on social networking, brand building, and WordPress web hosting and have delivered these trainings in Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda (including Mbale and Gulu).