Hivos International


On 28 November 2017, Edwin Huizing, executive director of Hivos, opened the Open Contracting Global Summit together with Gavin Hayman, director of the Open Contracting Partnership, María Zuleta, vice chair of the Open Contracting Partnership’s advisory board, and Hans Docter, director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch foreign ministry. He welcomed the attendees with these words:

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, and everybody in between,

Update 30 November 2017: At the end of the Open Contracting Global Summit on 29 November, Transparency International and its partners HivosCoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative, Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and 

Kenya’s creative sector has often been referred to as a sleeping giant. While the country’s economy is the biggest in Eastern Africa, its growing fashion and creative industry continues to face serious challenges in regional and global expansion.

Defending the rights of journalists, enabling freedom of the press and protecting freedom of expression are crucial building blocks of democracy. However, press freedom is increasingly under siege around the world, with ever more journalists facing threats of violence or imprisonment for carrying out their duties.

Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) held from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, will focus on advancing the aims and ambitions set forth in Paris. It will draw attention to the progress in development of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of governments and the reviews of these plans in 2018.

On Wednesday, the Turkish judge ruled that two human rights trainers and six human rights activists belonging to the so-called Istanbul 10* may await their trial in freedom.


With utter sadness we received the news that our dear Greenpeace colleague and friend, Carolina Nyberg-Steiser, died in an airplane accident in the Amazon region last Tuesday.  

Carolina was a very dedicated, key member of a global team for the All Eyes on the Amazon programme, led by Hivos and Greenpeace, aimed at stopping the destruction of the Amazon forest.

100 DAYS OF LEARNING is the 2017 programme – and final edition - of knowledge platform Age of Wonderland, a global learning programme initiated by Hivos and Baltan Laboratories in 2014.

In its efforts to support the involvement of key populations, community-based organisations, and civil society in the response to Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria epidemics, the Global Fund has selected a new group of Technical Assistance providers within its Community, Rights & Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative. We are proud to announce that Hivos has been selected for a second time in a row.

A new six-minute film describes the cultural influences and policy challenges facing Zambia as the country strives to promote dietary diversity despite being heavily reliant on maize as its primary source of food.

Although government policies aimed at improving access to sufficient and nutritious foods are in place nationally, inequality means many Zambians, and women and infants in particular, are not eating nutritious and varied meals.