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New collaboration between Hivos and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

When you ask people what comes to mind when they think of “sustainable food”, they generally say things like health, nutrition or the environment. Sometimes they also mention affordability, safety and diversity. Surprisingly, taste is often missing from this list. In fact, sustainable food is perceived as being ‘flavorless, boring, bland’, or in short, not tasty.

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At the beginning of April, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a report in which senior government sources confirmed the mass detention of more than a hundred gay men in Chechnya since February because of their sexual orientation. 

Leading South African social enterprise, LifeCo UnLtd, took Hivos Southern Africa staff through the fundamentals of leadership and innovation in order to foster a culture of innovation within the hub. The training came in handy for Hivos Southern Africa, which is currently exploring how to position itself as a social innovator.

One of the biggest components of Hivos East Africa’s successes has been the integration of Research and Development (R&D) to inform the upscaling of proven models. The Renewable Energy programme has been keen to use R&D to inform interventions such as the development of markets for green energy services like biogas.

For the first time ever, a play about energy-related issues was put on in Zimbabwe at Harare’s Theatre in the Park, where some 100 spectators gathered to  watch "Look No Further."

From 3-5 April, Hivos is participating in the Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SEforAll forum) in New York. The Forum is the landmark gathering celebrating the global sustainable energy movement. It brings together over 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and helps drive action towards achieving universal access to affordable, clean and reliable energy (Sustainable Development Goal 7).

Springs Sprint Event

From 20 to 25 March 2017, Hivos East and Southern Africa hubs held the first convening of open contracting infomediaries in Nairobi, Kenya. Dubbed the ‘Springs Sprint’, the event brought together local partners from Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania with the goal of promoting transparency in government contracts through using open contracting data standards.

Turning lessons into action: create one day of learning


‘There is none who cannot teach somebody something.’  - Balthasar Gracían

‘’Farmers, too, have a voice in food security.’’ This comment represents some of the conversations during an open source seeds forum in Nakuru County on 15 to 17 March 2017 convened by Hivos East Africa, Bioversity International, Genetic Resources Research Institute and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management – Africa.

The heavy focus on technical aspects of renewable energy projects tends to overlook the vital gender aspects that can make or break the uptake of projects. In many cases, energy projects are treated as gender neutral based on the assumption that energy bottlenecks and solutions impact men and women in similar ways.