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Household air pollution caused by using firewood and charcoal for cooking is a silent but pervasive killer. Inhaling harmful particles causes premature deaths and serious illnesses, such as lung cancer and child pneumonia. The WHO estimates that this results in 4.3 million premature deaths annually, mainly in low and middle-income countries.

Kenya, along with the other Eastern African countries has been encouraged to prioritise the creative economy and creative industries in their national development strategies. The creative sector has the potential to create jobs and trade opportunities as well as spur innovation for the bulging youth population; this was noted by several researchers, economists and experts in different fields.

Photo: Gabriela Melgar

Hivos and its partners will be out in force at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa from 18 to 22 July. The theme of the conference is Access Equity Rights Now”. It will bring together more than 20,000 experts, policy-makers and activists from all over the world working in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and advocacy.

After years of intense debates, the Human Rights Council adopted the historical resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”, including the mandate to appoint an Independent Expert. This represents a huge breakthrough in the struggle for human rights for all groups.

Nairobi, 5 July 2016

Hivos East Africa strongly condemns the continuous escalation of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Kenya, during the latest of which human rights lawyer, Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver Joseph Muiriri were killed.

As coordinator of the Stop Child Labour coalition, Hivos signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs (see press release in right sidebar). The parties have agreed to work together to prevent discrimination, child labour and forced labour in their garment and textile manufacturing facilities in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.

The recently launched SexRightsAfrica website, supported by Hivos Southern Africa, is a space where individuals and organisations can share information, organise collective action and advocate for improvements in the delivery of Sexual Rights and Health (SRH) services and protection of SRH rights for all citizens in the region. Organising or participating in virtual campaigns represents a cornerstone of the website, so we invite you to participate in one or more of our campaigns below. 

In an effort to combat deforestation and boost access to green energy services such as clean cooking and lighting, the government of Ethiopia has recently scaled up the use of biogas in rural communities.

Hivos Southern Africa has partnered with the Embassy of Norway to launch the Cultural Fund of Malawi aimed at stimulating the arts and culture sector in Malawi. The launch of the Euro 481,313 cultural fund, which has already attracted many actors in Malawi's cultural sector, marks the beginning of a new era in the funding of arts and culture activities in the country.

Hivos Southern Africa recently conducted a one day workshop to reflect and learn from five years of implementing the second phase of the Dutch government funded co-financing system known as “Medefinancieringsstelsel”, or ‘MFS’, between 2011-2015.

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