Capacity Building

Raising the capacity of human rights defenders from East and Horn of Africa

To build the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the East and Horn of Africa is a vital part of DefendDefenders work. We aim to equip individual HRDs, EHAHRD-Net, and National HRD Coalitions in the sub-region on the following topics:

  • HRD protection mechanisms and security management;
  • Advocacy tools and strategies for HRDs;
  • Coalition building; and
  • Networking.

The Capacity Building program organises trainings, conferences, and workshops, as well as action-based learning and mentoring to HRDs. Capacity Building program works in close collaboration with Advocacy, Research, and Communication program, Protection and Security Management program, as well as Resource Centre, which also facilitates for capacity building of HRDs.

Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tool for HRDs

Every year, DefendDefenders organises our annual flagship event Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for HRDs – a week-long capacity building event for HRDs. The event is organised in different countries every year, and welcomes about 150 HRDs to enhance their skills in a various set of topics, including security management, strategic advocacy, monitoring and reporting, right to privacy, and well-being.