Hivos International


Right before dawn on April 26th, Hivos General Director Edwin Huizing put on a pair of colorful glasses and gazed at dozens of people who waited silently in their seats. His intention was to lead them in symbolic time travel to the year 2020. “I have the privilege to take you to the year 2020,” he said with a smile and added, “Who can predict what the world will look like then?

Women street food vendor in Fort Portal

“We feed Sudan, so it is absurd that we still have malnutrition in Fort Portal.”

Climate parade in Amsterdam, 29 November 2015

In association with the Climate Action Network and other CSOs.

Hivos Southern Africa in partnership with Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) will host a high-level workshop of local and international experts to explore opportunities and challenges for building inclusive cities in Zimbabwe.

The first-ever Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking conference was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 5 to 7 April, 2016.

The conference brought together 160 experts from 30 countries working in businesses, knowledge institutes, government, academia and the energy sector to discuss challenges and opportunities in the biogas industry and exchange solutions.

Zahra' Langhi, Abdelfattah Elsharkawy, Nawal Yazeji, Tanja Gilly

“We need you not only to help us understand the reality in a different way, but we also need you because peace can only come if it is inclusive peace, and peace without the voice of women, without women being around the table, will not hold. Thank you very much for your activism. Let me say once more: we are with you and we will continue to be with you.”

Street food vendor

The municipality of Fort Portal, in partnership with Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), IIED and Hivos, is organising the first People’s Summit on Food on 20 and 21 April 2016 in Fort Portal, Uganda. The People’s Summit will bring together politicians, street food vendors, farmers, nutrition experts and other actors from the local food system.

Injera, a staple food in Ethiopia, is usually baked at least twice a week in a batch of 25 to 30 pieces, traditionally using fuel such as wood, cattle dung or other agro waste. The Injera baking process is the most energy-intensive household activity, accounting for over 50 per cent of the household energy consumption. Women are traditionally responsible for preparing Injera, and spend quite a lot of time and energy looking for firewood.

HEAL Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) and Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) have embarked on community campaigns to raise awareness of the roles and functions of the five Independent Commissions provided for under Zimbabwe’s new constitution.

The project trains a selected group of community-based peace advocates on the provisions of Independent Commissions in Zimbabwe's new constitution so that they have the knowledge, skills and tools to monitor human rights in their communities.