The YADA Network (Young African Defenders in Action) is a pan-African youth network that was created in 2021 by the AHRN Foundation. The network was launched during a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which brought together human rights defenders from 13 African countries. The YADA Network is currently established in 18 African countries where it works with local human rights organizations.


The Activist Lab is a network made up of 9 organisations, including Actua.PEthe African Human Rights NetworkJustice & Peace Netherlands, MAAN, Oxfam NovibOxfam Novib Activist LabOxfam PeruPax, and World of Tolerance. The project’s aim is to connect youth activists from all over the world and strengthen their activities, amplifying their influence and impact in their path to a fairer, greener and safer world


YADA Magazine is a pan-African media for human rights defenders dedicated to fighting misinformation on human rights issues in Africa. The primary goal of YADA Magazine is to raise awareness, educate, and promote collective consciousness regarding human rights in Africa. We aspire to be a reliable and credible voice that combats the spread of false information and stereotypes that can harm individuals and communities.


We provide a safe haven for artists who face threats due to their work, offering them a secure environment where they can continue their creative pursuits without fear. This includes providing them with essential resources such as shelter, trainings and access to medical care if needed


We provide digital security training for human rights defenders involves educating individuals on techniques and practices to safeguard their offline and online presence, communications, and data while conducting their advocacy work. This training is crucial to protect them from potential threats.

Our Mission

The mission of AHRN is to facilitate, through various activities, the promotion, protection and capacity building of Human Rights Defenders in the Great Lakes region, and thus strengthen the role of Civil Society in the region

Our Vision

AHRN’s vision is to be the primary support and platform for local human rights defenders and their organizations in the Great Lakes Region and enable them to work together for a better community. By doing so, AHRN seeks a better Great Lakes Region without any human rights violations.

Our Objectives
  1. Facilitate capacity building through exchange of experiences and information, research and internship programs;
  2. Support , lobby and advocacy for the protection of human rights defenders in danger; (read more)

What We Do?

Trainings for HRDs

AHRN specializes in offering comprehensive training programs tailored for human rights defenders. Our training modules encompass a range of critical skills, including digital security, project drafting, and English language proficiency. We place a strong emphasis on digital security, recognizing its pivotal role in safeguarding.

Shelter City

Ensure safe working conditions, Relocate, Repatriate defenders and follow up on their safety.
AHRN believes that the encouragement of HRDs to continue their work is vital to the continuation of peace-building efforts and promotion of human rights within the areas of conflict in the HRDs respective countries.


Are you a human rights defender or a member of a human rights organization ? Are you threatened or under intense pressure because of your work, and do you think that temporary shelter and rest can help you to continue your work of protecting and promoting human rights.
Apply for temporary relocation online Or Download the application form.

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