Digital Defenders Partnership

Founded at the Freedom Online Conference in Kenya in 2012, the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) is a grant making mechanism that provides support to organizations and individuals working in the digital emergency field.

The DDP wants to keep the Internet open and free from emerging threats, and wants to increase and better coordinate emergency support by providing rapid responses to global threats to Internet freedom. Their aim is to stimulate a robust digital emergency sector which can respond to threats in a timely and comprehensive manner. The DDP supports organizations and individuals working in digital emergency situations, including individuals and organizations in digital emergency situations, bloggers and cyber activists who find themselves under attack, human rights defender, journalists, NGOs and media organizations.

Managed by Hivos, an intentional NGO based in the Netherlands, the DDP received its financial support from the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Czech Republic and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The DDP provides grants to individuals and organisations, invests in applied research projects and helps to connect stakeholders. Potential grantees can apply for three types of grants; emergency grants, direct support grants and strategic grants.

For more information, please see the DDP website.