The skills required for effective and lasting human rights work are manifold. The digital age offers human rights advocates a variety of channels to raise awareness for their cause and to reach their target audience. But it also brings new kinds of threats for those who raise their voices, ranging from surveillance to cyber attacks, intimidation through defamation campaigns and verbal aggression in the virtual space.

Besides state-of-the art communication skills, executive staff in civil society organisations need pronounced leadership and strategic skills as well as a refined set of analysis and advocacy tools to manoeuvre contexts where civic space is shrinking. And most of all, they need a strong and reliable alliance they can count on.