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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.

OPEN CALL 100 DAYS OF LEARNING
Turning lessons into action: create one day of learning

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR AGE OF WONDERLAND'S 100 DAYS OF LEARNING / DEADLINE: 20 April, 2017

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

Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), with support from Hivos Southern Africa, is conducting a monthly content analysis to monitor the media’s coverage of women in Zambia.

The initiative is part of the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) project, in which PSAf is a partner, implementing to increase the positive public image, credibility and visibility of women leaders in Zambia.

‘’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. 

Even though progress has been made in increasing the participation of women in politics in Zimbabwe, women's participation in government at all levels, from the local to the national, remains extremely low.

On March 8, while the world celebrated women’s historical fight for equality and equity on International Women's Day, almost 60 Guatemalan girls were locked up and burned alive inside the “Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción” shelter, located in San José Pinula, Guatemala. At present, 40 have died, many others remain missing and some survived.

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