Hivos International


Tiger Awards banners

The IFFR has found a new main sponsor: Hivos. The new partnership between Hivos and the Rotterdam International Film Festival includes continuing support for the Hubert Bals Fund by Hivos and lends the organisation’s name to the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

'Wanna know a secret' - festival poster

From January 17 to 20, the 18th edition of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival will bring together writers, thinkers and musicians from around the world to the Theater aan het Spui and the Filmhuis in The Hague under the slogan "Want to Know a Secret?" The Hivos Culture Fund supports the festival and has made it possible to include Kenyan writer and poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo.

The quest for an open and a free of government control Internet in the Arab countries has brought the need to engage more Internet users from the region in the global discussion about Internet Governance and the policies specific to the Internet environment.

Ma-Vulture Grafitti

Boniface Mwangi is one of the Prince Claus Laureates for 2012. The photographs Boniface Mwangi took of the violence during and after the 2007 Kenyan elections turned him into an acclaimed photojournalist. Mwangi also actively spray paints murals in Nairobi to raise awareness about the current political situation in Kenya.

Rami Jarrah in his office

Each year, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression bestows two International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of the courage of journalists who work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.

On December 5, 2012 at the 2012 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, Rami Jarrah, founder of Hivos partner the Activist News Association, was honoured with one of the International Press Freedom Awards.

Sami Ben Gharbia in The Hague

Sami Ben Gharbia, founding director of Global Voices Advocacy, has been awarded the Prince Claus Laureates 2012 award. He is also the co-founder of the popular web portal that played an important role in the Tunisian revolution. 

Arab Internet Governance Forum, Kuwait

Report on the workshop organised by Hivos at the first Arab Internet Governance Forum in Kuwait, October 2012

Moderator: Hanane Boujemi (Hivos), Internet Governance coordinator for the MENA region


"'Cooperatives are having to compete. There are more buyers in the  countryside looking to supply national and global demand. Roads are  better and mobile phones are spreading. Youth has new aspirations and  off-farm opportunities; so wages are pushed up and migration causes  labour shortages. All these elements have profound implications for farmers' choices, and organisations’ competitiveness."

 The BBC has acknowledged Hivos's Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia as a source of literature on Syrian society and politics and Hivos's support to Syrian activists.

Hivos is the first major Netherlands-based development organisation to publish all of its project- related information in accordance to the internationally agreed (IATI) standard.