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APPLY NOW: Ttaala – Equipping human rights defenders for the digital age

Applications to DefendDefenders Ttaala Programme (formerly known as DOC-IT) open today for Ugandan-based human rights organisations. 

Ttaala is a comprehensive skills-building project for human rights defenders illuminating the world of digital tools and strategies. Organisations enrolled in Ttaala learn how to survive and thrive defending human rights in the digital age while creating impact-driven projects. 

Organisations taking part in the Ttaala Programme will access in-person workshops, on-site technical assistance, continuous virtual support and access to a network of creative mentors.   

This unique opportunity brings together human rights organisations from across Uganda for intensive training and networking on how to strategically employ digital tools across the spectrum of data management, content development, digital security and running live online campaigns and/or digital platforms.   

Ttaala is about lasting impact through organisational change. Participants and their organisations must be willing to learn in a fast-paced programme and should have the capacity and commitment to maximise their benefit from the programme. 

Applicants must: 

  • Be applying on behalf of an organisation based in Uganda, which is actively engaged in defending human rights;  
  • Have an existing digital project you wish to bring into the Ttaala Program or have clear ideas for a new project; 
  • Have internal technical capacity, and relevant personnel committed to the programme; 
  • Have a need for data-driven campaigns and advocacy outcomes; 
  • Have full organisational support for staff participation; and 
  • Have an open mind to learn and experiment with new tools and concepts. 



Participants will be able to take part in a series of 3 workshops, with a curriculum co-developed by all participating organisations together with DefendDefenders, to ensure that learning is tailored to the needs of the group.  

Organisations will define and work on their own project throughout the course of participating in Ttaala and receive support and mentorship in realising their project vision. 

Participants will also become a member of our alumni network including access to mentors, creatives, mailing list, e-learning opportunities, and priority in subsequent events. 

All travel and accommodation will be covered for non-local and upcountry participants.  



Selection into Ttaala is highly competitive. We encourage you to apply early and put your best foot forward. We recommend having a colleague proofread your application before submission.  

Phase 1: Fill out this application form by 25 December 2020. 

Phase 2Interviews. 

Shortlisted participants may be interviewed between 1216 January 2021. 

Phase 3Preparation for workshop. 

If you are selected to attend Ttaala, you must complete two online assignments that will be assigned by us, and send us their respective certificates of completion.  

The first Ttaala workshop will take place from the 2528 January 2021 unless otherwise communicated. 

Women-led and minority-focused organisations are strongly encouraged to apply. 

For any inquiries, please contact [email protected]. 

This cohort of Ttaala is generously supported by the Embassy to Uganda of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Irish Embassy in Uganda. 


Human Rights Defender of the month: Apollo Mukasa

Apollo Mukasa’s journey into activism is deeply rooted in his commitment to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). As the Executive Director of Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD), Apollo is a driving force behind initiatives aimed at combating discrimination among PWDs. UNAPD was established in 1998 as a platform for voicing concerns of persons with physical disabilities to realise a barrier free environment where they can enjoy their rights to the fullest.