Donor: Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Netherlands
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 10.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Human Rights
  • Media & Journalism
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) offers support to human rights defenders under digital threat, and works to strengthen local rapid response networks. To this end, DDP provides emergency response and sustainable protection funding, strengthens rapid responders and local protection networks, increases trainers’ capacities through Field Building efforts, and contributes to long-term organisational safety through Digital Integrity Fellowships. It is managed by the Humanist Institute for Development Co-operation (Hivos), a non-profit organisation headquartered in the Netherlands that provides funding and implements programmes to innovate for social change worldwide.

Incident Emergency Funding (IEF) responds rapidly to urgent cases of digital threats or attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, activists, or organisations.  This can include, for example:

  • replacement of hardware or software which has been taken, lost or stolen;
  • purchase of more secure hard- or software and costs related to implementation of the new systems;
  • technical or non-technical activities to respond to urgent issues such as internet blockages;
  • training or accompaniment on digital or other security issues;
  • measures to improve physical security (which relate to information management and digital security);
  • measures to address the psychological and psychosocial impacts of digital threats.

2) Eligibility 

Eligible are human rights defenders.

3) Location 

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

The funding provided can be up to €10,000 and can be used to cover costs, which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack. The funding covers activities for a maximum of four months, and we aim to respond to requests within two weeks. Incident Emergency Funding can be used to cover a number of costs related to a digital emergency or attack.

5) Application 

To apply for Incident Emergency Funding, applicants need to fill out the secure application form on their website, answering the questions in as much detail as possible. Their Programme Officers will respond as soon as possible with a full application form or further questions. Applicants can be submitted all year round.

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