Defenders Protection Initiative

Who We Are.

DPI aims at contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance, rule of law, peace and democracy by strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs)….

What We Do.

We employ a contextualized approach that follows the logic of continuous learning. It entails identifying the needs of a particular beneficiary, conducting a training tailored to the needs of the beneficiary.

Our Vision & Mission.

Vison: A world that upholds a Human Rights Culture. Mission: To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in mainstreaming security, safety and protection management in their work.


DPI is a non-profit organization registered by the National NGO board under the Uganda statutory requirements. DPI aims at contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance, rule of law, peace and democracy by strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) to mainstream security, safety and protection management in their work.

The founders of DPI are Human Rights Educators and with good experience on security management…

Rapid Response
Capacity Building

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."


Our Team

Yona Wanjala

Yona Wanjala

Team Leader

Mulshid Eleas Jr.

Mulshid Eleas Jr.

Communications Executive

Helen Namyalo

Helen Namyalo

Programs Director

"The future is not secured by what we do tomorrow; it is entirely determined by the decisions we make today."

Ugandan Qoute

Some Statistics

SFP's Trained
HRD's Rescued
Satisfied Beneficiaries
Organisations Trained


Capacity Building

Capacity Building

We help civil society and human rights defenders to develop, improve and strengthen their safety and security management skills/knowledge to enable them to continue doing their work despite the dynamic working environment(s).



At DPI we track, visualize, communicate and develop an informed and educated prediction of emerging trends to distribute to the civil society. ...Read more

Physical Security

Physical Security

Physical security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks and data from physical actions and events that could cause serious loss or damage to an enterprise, agency or institution.



Human rights defenders protection bill 2016 would focus on the holistic security of defenders, including physical security, digital security, and psycho-social well being,

Digital Security

Digital Security

DPI seeks to reinforce the resilience of HRDs against digital/cyber attacks by conducting security health assessments that enable us to develop contextualized and practical, hands-on workshops aimed at arming HRDs with more secure practices and tools.

From the Blog

HRD Protection Bill 2020 Road Map

The Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill, a journey that begun in 2014, with DPI conducting a study “The Legislative Climate for HRDs in Uganda.” A glance at the legal excesses, which recommended for a specific law that provides for the recognition and protection of HRDs in Uganda.
View this blog to see the progress we have made so far

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Maintain your Social Distancing

Social Distancing is a practice intended to stop or slow down the spread of the Corona Virus. The purpose is to reduce the probability of contact between persons infected with #COVID19 and others who are not infected, so as to minimize it’s transmission.

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8 Tips to Secure your Office

We dwell a lot on “CyberSecurity” forgetting about the physical security for organizations. We just thought we could throw in a few tips for you to secure your office space.

Security risks are trending amongest HRDs and it is so unfortunate that many organisations do not have the necessary office security measures in place to help protect their premises & assets from possible threats.

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Windows 7 End of Support

What Human Rights Defenders need to know:

As most of us might not be aware that Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. The 10 years came to an end officially on the 14th of January 2020. If you are still using Windows 7, your PC will still work perfectly, except it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

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Phishing – What You Need To Know

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

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civil society dialogue with FIA

Security and Freedom of Association in Uganda and Nigeria

This case study was originally posted in the OGP Global Report.

The fight against money laundering and terrorism has come into tension with freedom of association and assembly in a number of countries. A group of OGP countries (including Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and South Africa) are currently working on terrorism finance, which affects nonprofit organizations.

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Human Rights Defenders

Effective protection under national law in reacting against or opposing, through peaceful means, acts or omissions attributable to the State that result in violations of human rights;


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