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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can.” Peter-Derrek Hof, Dutch Ambassador for Central America, repeated these words by Martin Luther King to officially launch Nexos, a Human Rights Program in Central America implemented by Hivos for the Embassy of the Netherlands.

Nairobi, Friday 9, 2016… Hivos East Africa in conjunction with Oxfam Novib today launched a programme in the lead up to International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Behar Ali is a woman with a mission. As a young woman, she lived through the infamous poison gas attack on Halabja in the late eighties in Iraq. When Saddam Hussein started another campaign of violence against the Kurds in the mid-nineties, Behar fled to the Netherlands where she specialised in women's rights. After the fall of Saddam, she returned to northern Iraq to help rebuild her country.

Nairobi, Wednesday 7 December 2016… Open Contracting offers the governments of Kenya and Tanzania the biggest hope in winning the war against corruption according to a new report by Hivos East 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.

Open Contracting Data programme stresses need for citizen engagement

''Show me your magician’’ remains a life-changing statement that Hivos East Africa’s Regional Director Mendi Njonjo vividly remembers from her recent trip in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso has been referred to as West Africa’s fastest growing biogas market by the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. Mendi’s encounter with the programme’s impact in the Sahel country showed how true this appraisal is.

A new policy brief released today by Hivos East Africa and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) reveals that the rise of internet and mobile technologies has created yet another arena for continued violence against women in Kenya. The policy paper urges government and the ICT sector to work together to adequately provide redress measures and mechanisms to counter these forms of violence.

Hivos believes that all women and girls should have control over their lives and be able to actively participate in social, political and economic spheres, so we work tirelessly with various human rights instruments in support of communities’ and countries’ efforts towards gender equality. 

Munya (23) works as a street vendor, selling perfumes and deodorant in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. After his first-ever relationship broke up, he found out he was HIV-positive. It was thanks to Hivos that Munya was able to access testing and treatment. On World Aids Day, he overcomes his somewhat shy nature to tell us his personal story.

The Bridges project (formerly known as Shelter Me) is a unique initiative in the Gulf region, in which and Hivos collaborate to improve the employment relationship between employers and their domestic workers.