My name is Janvier Hakizimana. I am a Senior Protection Associate at DefendDefenders and a PhD Candidate at Makerere University in Human Rights. I have been conducting a doctoral research on “Uganda NGOs’ Uptake of Human Rights Documentation Technologies to Protect the Right to Digital Privacy: Martus Praxis” since 2012. I have been conducting Martus consultancies, trainings and trainings of trainers for DefendDefenders, Strategic Initiative for Women in Horn of Africa (SIHA), Freedom House, International HIV Alliance/Association Nationale des Communautes de Sante (ANCS) and Federation Inernationale des Droits de l’Homme to train and provide continuous technical support to human rights organizations (HROs) and individual human rights documenters from Uganda, Burundi, Mali, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Cameroon, Niger, Central African Republic ( CAR), Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (RCI), Niger and Somalia.
I am a fellow of SHUREA ( Strengthening Human Rights Education in Sub-Saharan Africa), a program to upgrade doctoral research and teaching skills in five universities namely Makerere University (Uganda), University of Pretoria ( South Africa), University of Nairobi ( Kenya), University of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia) and Abo Akademi ( Finland). As part of the PhD studies, I conducts lectures in human rights monitoring, documenting and reporting (MDR) and secure digital communications and databases at Makerere University and the Mountain of the Moon University (MMU) located respectively in Kampala and Fort Portal in Uganda. I have been using various human rights documentation technologies including Martus, OpenEvSys, KoBo ToolBox, CiviCRM and Google Forms.
I have customized data collection forms of more than 100 NGOs in Martus. I also customized the Burundi and Uganda administration units ( multi-tiered entities) to include the names of regions, districts/communes, counties/ sectors, sub counties, parishes and villages. I am finalizing the doctoral investigations on the reasons of the deficit in the uptake of human rights technologies by Uganda NGOs with a special focus on Martus praxis.
I am looking forward to interacting with you all as an academician and human rights practitioner looking at the potentials and shortcomings of free, libre, secure software (FLOSS) documentation tools.
Janvier Hakizimana ( PhD Candidate)