Hivos International


Every day, over 200,000 women become pregnant unintentionally in the world. The vast majority of them belong to low-income and marginalised groups in countries where ending pregnancy is illegal.

Since 2015, Hivos Southern Africa has been supporting Her Zimbabwe to augment its capacity to create and share content on gender and rights issues in alternative and engaging formats. Creating more media spaces to access information and share opinions through high-quality, independent journalism is important to Hivos. Freedom of speech is the main measure of openness in a society.

In Kenya, 40 per cent of the energy intake comes from geothermal and 38 percent from hydropower. Although the majority of Kenyans daily require electricity, it is expensive and often not available, especially in rural areas. Of the forty-six million people living in Kenya, only twenty-three percent have access to energy according to a 2016 report by Society for International Development.

Corruption in Zimbabwe has become endemic within its political, private and civil sectors. According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Zimbabwe is ranked at 150 out of 168 countries. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

By the end of July 2016, the National Biodigester Programme (NBP) in Cambodia had built 25,115 biodigesters with 130,500 direct beneficiaries in its 14 target provinces. To celebrate the successful programme’s accomplishment, the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) hosted a 25,000 Biodigesters Celebration presided over by H.E Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

In June, Hivos Southern Africa in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malawi launched the Cultural Fund of Malawi (CFM) aimed at contributing to a dynamic, free and diverse cultural sector for improved living standards, economic growth and poverty reduction in Malawi.

The police raid of a Uganda Pride 2016 event on 4 August has led us to reflect on this question; is it wrong to do the RIGHT thing?

What happens when people from the private sector, academia, journalism and activism join forces to pitch ideas for solving a social problem? Although we cannot claim that they always find an answer, what we do know is that these encounters, called “civic laboratories”, address a collective need to change society for the better.

“Nothing to waste, nothing to throw away, I love my cows all the more!” is what 68–year-old John Muyundike from Uganda’s Jinja District has been telling everyone since he started using biogas for cooking and lighting. For him, owning a bio-digester means he is benefitting from the cheapest and safest source of energy he has used so far: biogas.

First of all, we would like to congratulate the organisers of the International AIDS Conference that took place in Durban, South Africa, from the 18 to 22 July, 2016. Thanks to their work, and the massive participation of civil society organisations, policy-makers, scientist and governments, the conference was a great success.