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Expanding Civic Space in East and Southern Africa

Defenders Protection Initiative

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2022–September 30, 2024
  • Location Kampala, Uganda
  • Geographic Focus Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

About this grant

The goal of the project is to increase awareness, understanding and engagement of nonprofits with regards to the laws and policies related to anti-money laundering and counterterrorism. To this end, the Defenders Protection Initiative, a nonprofit registered in Uganda, will strengthen the capacity of nonprofits in East and Southern Africa to engage effectively with these policies and understand their impact on civic space. Planned activities over the next two years will include: 1) producing accessible information on relevant policies; 2) building the capacity of regional networks and coalitions to engage effectively on previously-established regulations; and 3) promoting cooperation between nonprofit actors and other stakeholders at a national and regional level. In addition, the grantee will create opportunities for the regional networks to engage in global discussions on specific topics related to anti-money laundering and counterterrorism. Established in 2013, the Defenders Protection Initiative promotes a safe and secure working environment for human rights defenders and nonprofits by strengthening their capacity on safety and security management.