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

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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Toxicity Online

I am one of those people who usually go online, most specifically, YouTube for content but very many a time, I go there just for the comments.

And over the years I have had a good laugh, but of late, the comment section fills me with dread. Take for example Tati Westbrook, A lifestyle guru who reviews beauty products. She reviewed a particular makeup palette and her view of things didn’t go down well with a section of the YouTube beauty community and the comment section became so vile she had to disable comments for that particular video.

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Digital Security Tips for Women

An unfortunate number of women are becoming victims of cyber crimes. According to a recent study, more women are known to use the Internet to enrich their relationships compared to men. Young women, those 18-24, experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26% of these young women have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of online sexual harassment. The growing reach of the Internet and the rapid spread of information through mobile devices has presented new opportunities that could put some women at risk, so it’s important to be mindful of the dangers.

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UCC to Switch off counterfeit phones

How to spot a fake phone

The Uganda communications commission (UCC) acquired equipment to set up the central equipment identity register (CEIR) a database that contains a list of IMEIs of mobile terminals which are active in the mobile network, according to The New Vision newspaper. IMEI is an abbreviation of International Mobile Equipment Identity, a unique number used to identify mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone, but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on smart phone operating systems.

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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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