Sponsor 9

Title - Usability and Community Intervention on Support for Democracy and Human Rights

Contract time: December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2020


Summary - implement an intervention in support of activists and others fighting for their rights under repressive and unstable regimes. This intervention will specifically target organizers on the ground in Colombia, Kenya, and Uganda and provide training on how to use the Tor Network through desktop and mobile devices in order to communicate anonymously and securely.

Objective 1: Eliminate censorship barriers that prevent agents of change from influencing political, civic, social, and environmental discourse, organization, and activism via the Internet.

Goal 1.1: Empower agents of change to circumvent censorship blocks to Internet access. Goal 1.2: As censorship blocks evolve, empower impacted groups to impel corresponding updates in anti-censorship technologies.

Objective 2: Empower agents of change to act against corruption and abuses of human rights and safety when and where they are observed, through publicization, activism, whistleblowing, and reporting, irrespective of physical location.

Goal 2.1: Provide access to secure, untraceable communications in places where censorship of mobile web access and app usage is increasing.

Objective 3: Reduce the technological barriers that isolate marginalized individuals and cultural and civic groups,including women and other historically oppressed groups, from actively participating in broad dialogs about peacebuilding and situational improvement.

Goal 3.1: Increase awareness of Tor as a means for marginalized and oppressed groups to avert imposed barriers to online access.

Goal 3.2: Reframe Tor as a user-friendly consumer product, not tool just for technologists.

Objective 4: Reduce opportunities for oppressive actors to identify, locate, physically or digitally attack, and persecute agents of change.

Goal 4.1: Empower agents of change to avert online surveillance and to communicate as anonymously as they wish.

Objective 5: Empower vulnerable individuals to safely and securely communicate, organize, share resources, and express opinions using Internet resources without fear of retaliation or recrimination due to negative surveillance.

Goal 5.1: Cultivate a general understanding of online threat models and risks related to oppressive surveillance.

Goal 5.2: Empower vulnerable groups to freely connect, learn, and engage online without fear of identification, retaliation, or recrimination.

Goal 5.3: Reduce technological barriers to safe, secure communications.


Narrative reports

The Cooperation Partner shall submit narrative reports annually. The level of detail should match that of the Project Document. The reports shall cover the Project as a whole, regardless of which part of it is financed by Sida. The reports shall provide a full account of all aspects of the implementation of the Project for the period covered, including information needed to demonstrate the fulfilment of the conditions for reimbursement established in this Agreement.

The Narrative Report shall include an account, on a cumulative basis, covering the entire activity period, of

  • activities performed during the period of reporting,
  • achieved outputs compared to planned outputs,
  • achieved outcomes compared to plan and progress towards achieving the longer term objectives,
  • the likelihood of achieving the objectives of the Project and risk factors in this respect (this does not apply to the annual report of the last year) and
  • any proposed adjustments in the implementation of the Project, including risk management (this does not apply to the annual report of the last year).

Final Reports

The Cooperation Partner shall submit to Sida in writing a final narrative report as set out in Article 5.3 in the Special Conditions. The final report shall cover the entire activity period, be analytical in character, and include an account of achieved outputs compared to planned outputs,

  • achieved outcomes compared to intended outcomes,
  • an assessment of factors that have affected the achievement of the objectives,
  • lessons learned from the Project: implementation, design and/or other relevant aspects,


  • an assessment of possible needs for adjustments in a potential new phase of the Project, including risk mitigating actions.

Annual narrative reports are due on November 30th. See Grant Hub for specific deadlines.

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