Hivos International


We are pleased to announce Kenya’s first School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) at the Strathmore University from 16-18 November 2016.

The school targets Kenya’s online community from government, academia, tech industries and civil society who are new to internet governance.

The principle objective of this training is to enable them to participate constructively and knowledgeably in internet governance issues.

The Creatives Garage hub was birthed by a quest to engage in cultural activism and enable creatives to venture into social innovation. To date, it has partnered with 7,000 creatives who are guided to turn their craft into a source of livelihood.

Climate change is already having an impact on agriculture with severe implications for food security, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The age of consent in terms of accessing sexual reproductive health (SRH) services such as contraceptives and HIV counselling and testing is not provided for in laws and policies in the majority of countries in Southern Africa.

In recent years, Tanzania has been applauded for its commitment in enhancing women’s empowerment, and even more so for championing women’s participation in politics. However, despite the government’s strong commitment to women’s empowerment, traditional patriarchal attitudes remain entrenched in rural areas, especially in agriculture, where work imbalance is the norm in households.

In partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Women on the Frontline programme is honoured to have organised the ‘Women on the Frontline: THEIR STORIES' film screening, the second in a series of screenings around the world. Three films depicting the experiences of three activists from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen were screened at the Dutch embassy in Washington DC on 24 October, 2016.

Sanitary wear is considered a luxury item that is often sold at prohibitive prices for the majority of girls and women living in Southern Africa. As a result, girls who are menstruating are reluctant to go to school if they cannot afford sanitary pads or may engage in transactional sex to pay for them. Many also experience stigma and sexual harassment compounding the burden of missing school. 

The Chitoro river – vital in supplying water that powers the Chipendeke Micro Hydro Scheme in this remote, rural village in eastern Zimbabwe – is in a sorry state, to put it bluntly. It is filled with sand, a deteriorating ecosystem and only a trickle of water seeping from its riverbed. For the past two years between July and October, the river has completely dried up, shocking villagers and particularly the elderly, whose lifetime memories are of the river flowing throughout the year.

Just days before the Paris Agreement comes into force, developed countries, led by Australia and the United Kingdom, have delivered a Climate Finance Roadmap to meet the collective goal of mobilising 100 billion USD a year for developing countries by 2020 to tackle climate change.

Hivos Southern Africa is currently spearheading a regional advocacy campaign on safe abortion in partnership with Students and Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT). SAYWHAT facilitates students and youth to discuss sexual and reproductive health challenges and further develop advocacy initiatives.