Hivos International

Hivos invests in knowledge to trigger change. By understanding the drivers of social change (and upheaval), we can make our role and programmes more effective. Our aim is to translate the knowledge and innovations we co-create with academics, policy makers and businesses, as well as with civil society, activists and grass roots stakeholders, into new policies, practices and scalable solutions to achieve social change.

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Crowds gather for demonstrations against the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, ahead of the June 30th mass call to take to the streets to demand his removal, Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2013

Citizens are central actors in public and political arenas. Their ability to hold governments to account and to participate fully in democratic processes is contingent upon their ability to associate, assemble freely and express opinions.

Recent Publications

There have been significant shifts in the policy environment of South Africa that are transforming the way citizen engagement takes place in the country. However, high income inequality in South Africa extends to the...

When it comes to ICT-mediated governance participation in Brazil, Internet penetration still remains a major challenge, with only around half of homes having connectivity. Opportunities to influence public policy frameworks and government strategies through...

Since joining the Open Government Partnership in 2011, the Indonesian Government has shown some commitment towards implementing initiatives that increase citizen voice and government and service-providers’ accountability to citizens and service users. These include...

Recent Articles

Duration: 2017 – 2020
Main activities: training, data collection, research, lobbying, awareness campaigns, law enforcement
Countries: Brazil, Ecuador and Peru
Initial funding: 14.8 million euro contribution from...

New technological developments make it possible to detect deforestation, record it and eventually stop it. We can collect, process, store, connect, analyse and visualise data at an enormous speed. The quality of satellite images has increased to the point of penetrating heavy cloud cover over...

Forests are often called the lungs of the planet, providing us with oxygen and storing the greenhouse gas CO2 in their branches, leaves and roots. Tropical rainforests in particular are the world’s treasuries of biodiversity and a major storage of CO2.

Rainforests...