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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.

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.

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.

Hivos and Greenpeace Netherlands, together with indigenous groups from the Amazon rainforest, are launching a new campaign against deforestation. The programme, All Eyes on the Amazon, has been made possible thanks to a 14.8 million euro contribution from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund.

The issue of women's representation in Zimbabwe's eighth Parliament came under the spotlight at the Alpha Media Holdings conversation titled: "Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Progress in Zimbabwe: New Constitution and the Women’s Quota," held  December in Harare.

Open Contracting offers the government of Malawi the biggest hope in winning its war against corruption according to a new report by Hivos Southern Africa and Article 19. The report indicates that governments worldwide spend an estimated USD 9.5 trillion annually on public contracting and calls for the need to commit to open contracting standards for accountability.

Lack of financing has been increasingly noted as one of the obstacles to the dissemination of bio-digesters in Ethiopia. However, Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs) are now leveraging this opportunity to provide credit to farmers in rural areas, some specifically for clean energy.

The urgency for future food leaders is evident. We struggle with enormous challenges in our global food system, such as depletion of natural resources, concurrent hunger and obesity, climate change and soil erosion. Against the backdrop of this crisis, new initiatives, start-ups and networks of changemakers are emerging at the grassroots level with innovative ideas and massive potential to break through.

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