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Hivos Southern Africa Hub launched the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) programme in Lilongwe, Malawi on February 14 with what turned out to be a very passionate panel discussion on “Collaborating for Increased and Effective Participation by Women in Politics and Public Administration.”

Hivos’ Women @ Work Campaign has extended its activities to Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. On 2 March, together with other civil society organisations from both Southern and Eastern Africa, Hivos launched the campaign, which aims to improve the labour rights of women working in horticulture value chains.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a Hivos Southern Africa Hub partner under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) programme, conducted a training to raise awareness of green and inclusive energy issues among selected journalists in Zimbabwe.

Supported by Hivos East Africa in partnership with Twaweza Communications, the umbrella Creative Economy Working Group (CEWG) convened a 2 day peer-to-peer learning forum in December 2016 on the state of the creative industry in Nairobi. Drawing more than 50 creative industry practitioners and policy makers, discussions concentrated on the need to promote the creative industry in Kenya.

The Hivos Southern Africa partners under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) project in Malawi met to map out how to consolidate and strengthen the consortium.

The Hivos Southern Africa partners under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) project in Zimbabwe met to map out how to consolidate and strengthen the consortium. The organisations represented in the GIE project include Action 24, Development Reality Institute, Media Institute of Southern Africa, ZERO, Zimbabwe Women Centre and Resource Network (ZWRCN).

Address by Edwin Huizing at the City Maker session organised by Hivos during the SIX Wayfinder conference on social innovation in London on 16 and 17 February.

At first glance it would be impossible to tell Xavier Bambara is a Zoo Technology Engineer; perhaps this explains his passion for biogas. Xavier held several positions in Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Animal and Resources which saw him rise through the ranks over the years before becoming the National Coordinator of the Biogas Programme.

Many international conventions and human rights bodies have always demanded the inclusion of marginalised groups politically, socially and economically. Yet even with existing policies that advocate for the integration of these groups in sustainable development processes, little has been achieved to realise their social inclusion.

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