Enhancing Safety and Security of Human Right Defenders in Africa

Contract partner: EHAHRDP - East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders ProjectCountry: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 480.000,00Project start: 01.11.2018End: 31.10.2020

Short Description:

Overall goal

Improved accountability, rule of law, and redress in Africa and institutionalized meaningful participation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and other social movements in all aspects and levels of policy development, programming and implementation of international standards

Expected results

1.Improved safe and enabling environment for HRDs in Africa to efficiently participate in and promote accountability, rule of law, good governance and protection of human rights for sustainable development

2.Improved networking, best practice sharing and enhanced capacities of HRDs to utilize innovative tools and approaches to monitor and report adequately violations of human rights and progress made by states.

3.Strengthened advocacy and policy dialogue with state actors, regional and international human rights mechanisms.


Target group / Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries: Five (5) sub-regional networks of human rights defenders, thirteen (13) national human rights defenders Coalitions/Networks, individual at-risk human rights defenders or organizations. A specific focus will be paid to actions in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.

The project is anticipated to directly benefit 450 HRDs and at least 30 HRD organizations in all its activities

Indirect beneficiaries: most at risk HRDs including women human rights defenders, HRDs working in conflict areas and under restrictive laws, HRDs working on business and human rights, HRDs working on environmental issues, journalists fighting against impunity and corruption in Africa.



- Provision of emergency protection to 10 HRDs at risk, hosting of 14 HRDs at risk in Hub Cities, financial and technical assistance for enhanced security and other capacities for 150 HRDs

- Strategic litigation for cases of 10 HRDs who experienced violations of their rights

- Observation of 5 trials on the continent and dissemination of reports thereof

- Capacity development: 10 HDRs organizations developed and use security policies and protocols, 10 HRDs organizations use secure and encrypted, mentoring of 15 HRDs organizations

- Advocacy work at international level: participation in international meetings to review state reports, and meetings held with special mechanisms and special procedures (UN and AU level), various networking activities

- Public awareness raising through social media presence and newsletter dissemination, recognition of outstanding HRDs (African Shield Awards)

- 4 research-based reports tracking trends and changing situations for HRDs in Africa



The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders), is a Uganda based NGO seeking to strengthen the work of HRDs and to enhance awareness on human rights work. DefendDefenders serves as the Secretariat of a network representing more than 75 HRD organizations in Africa.

project number2763-00/2018
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.