Tanzania: Training for Board and Leadership to Build Digital Resilience for Social Justice Organizations

Digital Resilience Training for Board and Leadership of Social Justice Organizations in Tanzania.
Theme: Empowering Digital Champions.
Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 0800 – 1700 hours.
Place: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


KICTANet together with other Africa Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA) coalition members established the Tatua Digital Resilience Centre to offer a bouquet of services to SJOs in East Africa to enhance their digital resilience, quickly respond to and recover from digital threats, and harness the power of technology to enable them to achieve their mission in a digitally changing environment. The Centre provides support to SJOs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Centre is also part of a wider network of resilience hubs in the region under the Ford Foundation’s Weaving Resilience initiative for Stronger Civil Society in the Global South. 

About the Event

The Tatua Digital Resilience Centre will host an in-person training targeting board members and senior leadership of Social Justice Organisations (SJOs) based in Tanzania. The goal of the training is to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the digital landscape and strengthen their organisations’ digital resilience. The training is informed by trends seen of SJOs increasingly relying on technology and digital platforms for their work. At the same time, many SJOs have not appreciated the extent of their dependency on digital technologies or been made aware of the opportunities and risks presented by the digital environment for their work. 

The centre has developed a comprehensive training programme and activities geared towards strengthening the digital resilience of organisations targeting aspects such as governance, accountability, leadership, culture, situational awareness, innovation, adaptive capacity, research, and risk management. The Centre underscores the strategic role of Board Members and Senior Leadership of SJOs in delivering and ensuring the digital resilience of their organisations. 

Format of the Training 

The deep-dive in-person training will be facilitated by experts in the fields of digital resilience, cyber security, and leadership. The participants will be taken through a comprehensive introduction on digital resilience for SJOs, followed by interactive discussion sessions with specific strategies that SJOs’ leadership can adopt to develop and enhance their organisations’ digital resilience. 

The event will be held on 27th September 2023 as a side event during the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) hosted by CIPESA between September 27-29, 2023, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Training Objectives

  1. Identify unique digital resilience challenges faced by social justice organisations in Tanzania
  2. Introduces tools and resources for participants to assess their organisations’ current level of digital resilience.
  3. Equip participants with knowledge and skills to support boards and organisational leadership to navigate the digital landscape and respond effectively to digital challenges and disruptions.
  4. Engage participants in problem-solving geared towards upskilling them to adapt to a dynamic technology environment.
  5. Encourage networking and collaboration among participants to share best practices and learn from each other’s experiences.
  6. Empower participants to support boards and organisational leadership to develop effective digital strategies for their organisations.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Participants will gain a better understanding of the unique digital resilience challenges faced by social justice organisations in Tanzania.
  2. Participants will be better informed on how to navigate the digital landscape and address digital challenges and disruptions.
  3. Participants will get guidance on how to enhance their organisations’ capacity to address digital challenges by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the training.
  4. Participants will establish connections and collaborations with other social justice organisations in East Africa.
  5. Participants will gain knowledge on how to develop and implement effective digital strategies for their organisations.
  6. Participants will be able to identify areas for improvement and know how to prioritise efforts to strengthen their organisations’ digital resilience.


The training targets the 30-40 senior leadership and board members of various SJOs from Tanzania. Interested SJOs can register to attend in advance. 

About the Organisers

KICTANet is a multistakeholder platform for people and institutions interested in ICT policy. The network acts as a think tank that catalyses policy reforms in the ICT sector and is guided by four pillars: policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and research.

The African Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA) undertakes collective interventions and executes strategic initiatives to promote privacy and data protection, affordability and access to the Internet, access to information, and freedoms of assembly, expression, and the press.

Draft Program

08:00 am – 08:30 amArrival and Registration – KICTANet
08:30 am – 08:45 amOpening and Welcome Remarks
Grace Githaiga, KICTANet 
Onesmo Olengurumwa, TDHRC
08:45 am – 09:00 amCheck-In Survey
09:00 am – 09:30 amIntroduction to Digital Resilience
09:30 pm – 10:00 amInteractive Digital Resilience Exercise I – Gamified
10:00 am – 10:30 amTea Break
10:30 am – 11:30 amPre-Disruption Digital Resilience
11:30 am – 12:30 pmIn-Disruption Digital Resilience
12:30 pm – 02:00 pmLunch Break
02:00 pm – 03:00 pmInteractive Digital Resilience Exercise II – Case Study
03:00 pm – 04:00 pmPost-Disruption Digital Resilience
04:00 pm – 04:15 pmCheck-Out Survey
04:15 pm – 04:30 pmClosing, Way Forward and Next Steps
Mwendwa Kivuva, KICTANet – Tatua 
Program for the training

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