DRLX Cohort 2

   5 September – 23 October 2022

Digital Rights Learning Exchange is a six-week virtual course led by Digital Grassroots in collaboration with Open Internet for Democracy Initiative. The program provides new entrants in the digital rights space with training and mentorship on leading community engagement projects that address digital rights issues in their communities along such themes as access and affordability, internet shutdownsfreedom of expression, privacy and surveillance.

Program Leads


Esther Mwema



Uffa Modey



Hanna Pishchyk



  • Acquire critical skills and knowledge for conducting effective digital rights advocacy.
  • Build a platform for active cooperation and peer learning among the participants through shared group activities.
  • Receive the guidance of established digital leaders who will serve as program mentors and facilitators.


  • Implemented the 6 weeks online digital rights advocacy course covering topics such as advocacy concepts for civic engagement, communications strategies, data usage, and monitoring & evaluation of advocacy campaigns.
  • Conducted 6 weekly 90-minutes group meetings with industry experts to discuss the course modules and provide insights into the topics from a practical perspective.
  • Engaged 20 participants (10 women and 10 men)  from 7 countries, who developed 5 digital rights advocacy projects.
  • Connected each program thematic group to an industry expert for 2 weeks of mentorship.


  • Provide the participants with guidance and advice on designing and implementing their group project.
  • Discuss arising digital rights issues occurring within the participants community in relation to the group project theme.
  • Recommend relevant resources on digital rights advocacy to support the participants community engagement in digital rights.


Abubaker Sekatuka, Uganda

Chrystal Rukudzo Bonzo, Zimbabwe

Clarisse Mideva, Kenya

Derrick Mpagi, Uganda

Diana Maina, Kenya

Dorine Odunga, Kenya

Fatou Sarr, Senegal

Godspower Ehikioya Ataman, Nigeria

Julius Okoth, Kenya

Justine Kakoko, Tanzania

Kehinde Adegboyega, Nigeria

Leone Muchaneta Nezi, Zimbabwe

Lindsey Louise Kukunda, Uganda

Ludivicus Otieno Omollo, Kenya

Muhammed Bello Buhari, Nigeria

Onyebuchi Adora Ajuzie, Nigeria

Richard Muraya, Kenya

Salaama Kabasomi, Uganda

Stanley Junior Bernard, Haiti

Viviane Achieng Oywer, Kenya


We would like to recognize all the mentors who played a significant role in the program’s success. Their guidance and feedback were instrumental in assisting participants throughout their campaign development and we are grateful for their contributions. 

We thank all the mentors for their dedicated efforts in supporting the participants and the program: 

Emmanuel C. Ogu, Nigeria

Grace Msauki, Zimbabwe

Jameson Pierre-Louis, Haiti

Jesse Nathan Kalange, Uganda

Osei Manu Kagyah, Ghana

Guest speakers

The success of any program depends on the expertise and guidance of the people involved. We were fortunate to have the support of several guest speakers who who generously shared their expertise, offering practical guidance and valuable insights. Their contributions played a pivotal role in shaping the participants’ understanding of advocacy and provided them with practical advice. 

We express our sincere gratitude to all guest speakers for their support and guidance: 

David Aragort – Digital Security Trainer and Researcher, RedesAyuda, Venezuela

Elizabeth Sutterlin – Program Associate for Democracy and Technology at National Democratic Institute (NDI), U.S.A

Ji Yeon – Advocacy Intern, #KeepItOn Campaign at Access Now, U.S.A

Lourdes Walusala – Radio journalist, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Kenya

Michael J. Oghia – Partnerships Manager, Datacenter Forum, Serbia &Sweden

Rachel Mims – Senior Program Manager for Citizen Participation and Inclusion, National Democratic Institute, U.S.A

Supported by

Open Internet for Democracy Initiative

Mott Foundation

Elizabeth Sutterlin

Sarah Moulton