Hivos International


A community newspaper titled, “Harare News,” has been at the forefront of providing community-based news reporting in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. The free, monthly community newspaper and online media hub cover places, people and events that are important to the citizens of Harare.

Corruption in Zimbabwe has become endemic within its political, private and civil sectors. According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Zimbabwe is ranked at 150 out of 168 countries. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

By the end of July 2016, the National Biodigester Programme (NBP) in Cambodia had built 25,115 biodigesters with 130,500 direct beneficiaries in its 14 target provinces. To celebrate the successful programme’s accomplishment, the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) hosted a 25,000 Biodigesters Celebration presided over by H.E Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Hivos Southern Africa conducted inception meetings in Malawi and Zimbabwe for its national CSO partners under Hivos’ new Strategic Partnership on Green Inclusive Energy (GIE). The partners work in different sectors including energy, education, health and youth and women’s empowerment. The purpose of the meetings was to introduce them to the concept of GIE as well as co-create the Theory of Change (ToC) that underpins the programme.

In June, Hivos Southern Africa in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malawi launched the Cultural Fund of Malawi (CFM) aimed at contributing to a dynamic, free and diverse cultural sector for improved living standards, economic growth and poverty reduction in Malawi.

The high age of consent on average 16-18 years for adolescents and youth to access sexual reproductive health services (SRHS) has proven a barrier to timely interventions in countries across Sub- Saharan Africa. 

Although a high age of consent is meant to protect adolescents, the data and evidence shows that vulnerability of adolescents and youth to sexual and reproductive health risks starts from early adolescence (from 10 years). 

The Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC), a project co-funded by Hivos Southern Africa and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), has been monitoring the electoral process in Zambia. The overall goal of the project is to facilitate effective information management for a credible, peaceful, free and fair 2016 general election in Zambia, taking place on 11 August, 2016.

The police raid of a Uganda Pride 2016 event on 4 August has led us to reflect on this question; is it wrong to do the RIGHT thing?

What happens when people from the private sector, academia, journalism and activism join forces to pitch ideas for solving a social problem? Although we cannot claim that they always find an answer, what we do know is that these encounters, called “civic laboratories”, address a collective need to change society for the better.

“Nothing to waste, nothing to throw away, I love my cows all the more!” is what 68–year-old John Muyundike from Uganda’s Jinja District has been telling everyone since he started using biogas for cooking and lighting. For him, owning a bio-digester means he is benefitting from the cheapest and safest source of energy he has used so far: biogas.