#defyhatenow was initiated in early 2014 by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), and supported from 2015 through 2018, with means of the German Federal Foreign Office via the ifa/zivik programme for civic conflict resolution as a comprehensive programme “Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan” and after 2016 including its neighbouring countries Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.

In 2019 the #defyhatenow Community Based Organisation was legally registered in South Sudan, while further crisis intervention initiatives have been introduced in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Sudan.

 #defyhatenow initiative works on providing community-based and data-driven solutions to the problem of hate speech, disinformation and misinformation. Our work focuses on creating a framework for increasing trust between stakeholders through mobilizing civic action against all forms of hate speech and incitement to violence, including through disinformation created via the Covid-19 pandemic. #defyhatenow seeks to support the voices and actions of citizens working against online induced conflict within and outside affected regions by bringing youth, community leaders, grassroots organizations and further civil society stakeholders into a peace-oriented media and information literacy framework. Bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those with access to technology and those without, #defyhatenow is a growing network of online and offline peacebuilders.

South Sudan

#defyhatenow South Sudan

An urgent community peace-building, training and conflict reconciliation project .



Mobilising Civic Action to Counter Violent Extremism Online and Offline.


#defyhatenow Ethiopia

Hate Speech Mitigation Intervention in Benishangul-Gumuz,

#defyhatenow Focus Areas

Social Media Analysis , Monitoring and Citizen Data

Activism , Art , Campaigns

Open Tech and Emergency Response

Education, Trauma Relief And Psychosocial Support

Policy Development and Political Leadership

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Call for Applications: Conflict Sensitive Reporting Training.

This training program is designed to provide journalists and bloggers with the necessary skills and knowledge to report on conflict issues responsibly and ethically, while also promoting peace and dialogue within their communities.

The Dawn of AI and Efforts in Countering Disinformation through Fact Checking

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L’arrivée de l’IA et les efforts de lutte contre la désinformation par la vérification des faits 

L'intelligence artificielle (IA) est un terme générique désignant…

Garoua-Boulai: Enhancing Community Resilence Against Hatespeech

The Region of the rising sun from 29 to 31 August will host a #defyhatenow activity within the framework of the implementation of #FIELDGUIDECameroon. 

Garoua-Boulai : Renforcer la résilience des communautés contre les discours de haine

La région du soleil levant accueillera du 29 au 31 août une activité réalisée par #defyhatenow dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du #GUIDEPRATIQUECameroun

Africa Check Masterclass: Journalists & CSO Build Skills on Fatchecking

A total of 21 journalists from Yaounde, Bafoussam, Foumban and Douala were selected for the training in Yaounde on July 24-25, 2023. The session was organised by Africa’s first independent factchecking organisation, Africa Check with technical support from #defyhatenow, as member of Africa Facts Network. This collaboration falls in line with Africa Check’s leading role on the continent in building, developing and strengthening fact-checking organisations capacity by offering in-depth train-the-trainer programmes to strengthen African countries' information ecosystems.

Peacebuilding & Social Cohesion: Imams Build Capacity for Community Outreach

Building on the success of the first training session in Bamenda,…

CFI Media & Development Forum: Global Response to Global Threats!

Over 300 delegates met in Paris, France for three days to discuss…

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