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The COP23 in Bonn ended nearly two weeks ago, and during the event a number of commitments were made and initiatives sparked. Among them was the launch of the People-Centered Accelerator on the 14th of November, announced by Rachel Kyte of...

Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) held from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, will focus on advancing the aims and ambitions set forth in Paris. It will draw...

For most of the people who trooped over to the Hivos Southern Africa exhibition stand at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show 2017, the opportunity to charge their cell phones at the mobile solar stations proved to be quite novel.

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We are proud to present our 2016 global Annual Report. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through programmes and projects that aim to make our societies greener and more open.

Citizen agency...

A tour of the stand where various renewable energy technologies are on display.

On April 20, the Uganda Biogas Programme (UBP) received an official registration under Gold Standard. The registration is an important milestone for the programme that, since its founding in 2014, has constructed more than 6,000 household biodigesters in the country.

Each biodigester...

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...

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."

The play tells the story of an old woman who is reluctant to embrace new technology because it is against her...

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-...

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...

On International Women's Day 2017, Hivos celebrates the achievements of our programmes and partners in driving change for women and helping accelerate gender parity across the world. Together we are creating a...

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.

For...

''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...

Before COP22, Hivos stated that this year’s Climate Conference needed to integrate the discussion on SDG7 (Energy Access for All) with countries’ climate commitments and climate...

A year after the Paris Agreement was signed, it is coming into force on November 4, 2016.

Hivos welcomes the Paris Agreement, the first universal and binding climate agreement. But governments still have a long way to go to ensure that their own Nationally Determined Contributions are in...

Just days before the Paris Agreement comes into force, developed countries, led by Australia and the United Kingdom, have delivered a Climate Finance...

The Strategic Partnership ‘Green and Inclusive Energy’ in Africa, which will run from 2016-2020, launched with a conference held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 5-9 September, 2016.

The Hivos Southern Africa and East Africa hubs will implement the Africa Green and Inclusive Energy...

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...

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...

Household air pollution caused by using firewood and charcoal for cooking is a silent but pervasive killer. Inhaling harmful particles causes premature deaths and serious illnesses, such as lung cancer and child pneumonia. The WHO estimates that this results in 4.3 million premature deaths...

In an effort to combat deforestation and boost access to green energy services such as clean cooking and lighting, the government of Ethiopia has recently scaled up the use of biogas in rural communities.

Through the National Biogas Programme of Ethiopia (NBPE), 1539 masons have been...

“Climate finance should serve both development and climate goals”

Worldwide, more than a billion people lack access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, which negatively affects their health, education, livelihoods and employment. At the same time, the use of fossil fuels is...

The world is producing more food than ever. Yet, a world where people have access to healthy and nutritious food produced in a manner that ensures food security now and in the future, is a fundamental challenge of our time. The current bias of existing food systems towards large-scale mono-...

A renewable energy collaboration with EKOenergy

Initiated in 2010, Hivos’ Sumba Iconic Island (SII) project aims not only to provide  access to...

Climate parade in Amsterdam, 29 November 2015

In association with the Climate Action Network and other CSOs.

Update: In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last December, 175 Parties (174 countries and the European Union) signed up to it at a ceremony today - World Earth...

Hivos East Africa recently visited the Michepo Village Dispensary in Shinyanga District, Tanzania. The journey to the dispensary was a tedious one marred with harsh weather, long distances and rugged roads.

‘’Upon arrival we noticed throngs of women and children speaking in hushed tones...

Woman sitting next to biogas stove

Hivos, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia will host the largest biogas convention in Africa from 5 to 7 April 2016 in Addis Ababa. The Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference will bring together...

Women biogas plant owners in Kericho

On March 8 (International Women’s Day), Hivos visited the Growing Women in Coffee project in Kericho, Kenya. At their nearby coffee plantations, the women coffee growers explained how much they benefit from the biogas plants installed by the Kenyan department of the Africa Biogas Partnership...

Solar SIster montage

As of March 1, 2016, Hivos became the legal host of our longstanding partner ENERGIA (International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy).

With the integration of ENERGIA, Hivos welcomes a network of member organisations in 22...

Hivos East Africa, in collaboration with the Twin &Twin Trading Ltd, have unveiled a new partnership to promote a sustainable coffee sector in Tanzania through inclusion of women and youth.

Funded by Comic Relief, the gender and generational...

Biomass sector in Kenya

Biomass briquettes are increasingly popular as an alternative fuel to charcoal and firewood in sub-Saharan African households. They are mostly made of green waste and other organic materials and are now commonly used to generate heat for cooking and lighting within households or during agri-...

Hivos, the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation are organising a three-day conference on biogas and clean cooking. The conference will take place from 5 to 7 April 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The use of...

A historic climate agreement was adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015. Historic because all 195 nations participated and indicated the steps they will take...

Climate change will define what the world will look like in the future. Not merely with regards to environmental impacts, but also socially and politically. Scarcity of natural resources can also lead to conflicts and security issues.

The international community is slowly acknowledging...

Alliance2015 members’ expectations for the outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention in Paris

It is anticipated that after decades of negotiation, the international community will finally acknowledge the urgent need to reduce global...

How can we increase the focus on renewable energy to positively impact the link between energy and gender issues in Kenya?  Hivos together with...

What challenges do we predict for the future of civil society? How do we present the continuity of the work of civic organizations? These were the questions guiding the seminar held by Hivos in South America, which brought representatives of various partner organizations working in the region...

When Stanley Tapfuma Mudengezi was first introduced to biogas technology in August 2014, he dismissed it as a waste of time. He just could not picture how on earth it was possible to produce energy from a mixture of dung and water.

To make matters worse, when he finally accepted the idea...

Over the past few years, the microfinance sector has systematically expanded and deepened information on client outreach and social performance in multiple dimensions, one of which is in the area of consumer protection.

Despite the progress made in the promotion of client protection and...

Hivos Southern Africa Hub, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Energy Council and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, recently hosted a luncheon for women in the energy sector in Zimbabwe. The event, part of the Zimbabwe Clean Energy Week held from September 28 - October 3, honoured women who...

After nearly three years of open global consultations, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) were adopted by UN member states at a special summit convened at the UN headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September during the annual meeting of the annual United Nations General...

In September 2015, the Sumba Expedition set off to Indonesia for a fourth time. Sumba Expedition 2015 is part of an ongoing campaign initiated by Hivos to raise awareness of climate change, promote the use of renewable energy and engage a wider public in our climate and energy campaign.

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The Green Startup Weekend held in August in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, looked to promote sustainable and responsible business projects in environmental management.

Organized by the Foundation Work Enterprise (FTE) and supported by Hivos, this weekend-long activity brought together young people...

Hivos is designing a carbon finance mechanism to make clean cookstoves affordable and available to low income households across Central America. The Clean Cookstoves Carbon Programme Central America (4C-Carbon) was developed as a greenhouse gas emission reduction programme to be certified under...

A proposal from Costa Rica and another from Nicaragua have won the “Ingeniosas” (Ingenious Women) contest, which rewards innovative women in the area of renewable energy in Latin America.

“Ingeniosas” was organized by Hivos and the Global Gender Bureau of the International Union for...

Zimbabwe is the last place you would expect to find ‘Himalaya’ - that famed mountain range in Nepal, home to some of the highest peaks in the world. But nestled in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands is an area known as Himalaya for its mountains with peaks so high they seem to be kissing the sky....

How can citizens, civil servants and entrepreneurs in the fast growing suburbs of Dar es Salaam transform their energy system to power their lives and businesses?

To find out, Buni and the Energy Change Lab (a programme of Hivos and...

Twelve South African green entrepreneurs recently completed a four-month-long Green Pioneer Acceleration Programme (GPA). Eleven of them pitched their businesses and investment needs to an audience of over 40 potential investors at a Venture Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The GPA...

Public space can become the ideal platform for building communities and engaging citizens to pursue ambitious collective goals. The project “Bailando con el Planeta” (dancing with the planet) uses playful, creative and original means to recover public spaces in Costa Rica and promote citizen’s...

This month, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed “urgent and concrete action is needed to address climate change” and said it was “committed to the elimination of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies”. On 18 June, Pope Francis urged the world in his encyclical ‘Laudato si' to “hear both...

Demanding supply: Putting ordinary citizens at the heart of future energy systems

Our energy systems are in transition. However, mainstream debates on energy futures tend to have a common blindspot: the focus is on energy sources, market regulation, security, demand,...

On 7 and 8 April 2015, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, Sudirman Said, conducted a field visit to the island of Sumba in order to monitor the implementation and the progress of the Sumba Iconic Island (SII) programme....

In April 2013, Hivos announced a new strategic direction for after 2015 that would involve thoroughly re-examining Hivos’ strategy and equipping the organisation for a more uncertain environment.

Time for change

Over the past decades, Hivos and local civil society...

In the dimly lit hut, Sibusisiwe Madyango, 62, turns on a switch on the cooking stove, lights up a match and suddenly a fray of flames jumps upwards. A smile lights up on Madyango’s face as she explains how the biogas digester has changed her life.

Since January 2015, Madyango has been...

The European Union (EU) has selected a consortium of non-governmental organisations that includes Hivos Southern Africa to establish mini-grid energy systems for rural electrification in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The four year pilot project will provide access to energy services to approximately 30,...

The World Bank Group has invited Hivos to participate in the "Enabling the Business of Agriculture" (EBA) study which is envisioned as a tool to inform and encourage policy change in...

The uptake of renewable energy products is slowly growing in Zimbabwe, but is seriously hampered by the lack of policy alignment and a strong regulatory framework. This is despite the fact that Zimbabwe is endowed with plentiful sunshine throughout the year, making solar energy a candidate in...

On 30 January 2015, Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Liliane Ploumen announced her strategic partners for advocacy and policy influencing during the period 2016-2020. Hivos is pleased to be involved in two of the 25 partnerships selected for the new ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ programme of...

Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos are pleased to announce the entrepreneurs selected to participate in the 2015 Green Pioneer Acceleration Programme.

The Green Pioneer Accelerator is a comprehensive business accelerator that seeks to support early...

MUD Jeans was chosen by their peers as the winner of the Investment Ready Program and has won an investment of 50,000 euros. The fashion label that has introduced the “circular economy” in the fashion industry has significantly sharpened their customer appeal during the program and aims to...

New technologies have the power to change lives in powerful and creative ways. Hivos supports social initiatives that employ ICT technologies for social good, such as the ...

On 3 December 2014, the Gold Standard launched an ambitious Agriculture Programme to address the world’s third largest sector for greenhouse gas emissions. The ‘Agriculture Standard’ was developed by the Gold Standard with support from Hivos to benefit the voluntary carbon markets. The launch...

A two-day learning and inspiration event with Hivos and the Social Innovation Exchange, bringing together the social innovation and development communities to explore how to empower citizens to change,...

Rooted in the Dutch tradition of constructive cooperation between public and private stakeholders, better known as the “polder model”, Netherlands-based private, governmental, development and finance partners are aligned in their contribution to the ambitious goals of the Global Alliance...

From 1 to 12 December 2014, Lima will host the Twentieth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20). Peru will receive about 15,000 attendees representing 195 countries and stakeholders from international organisations, civil society, private...

Biodigesters provide a source of renewable energy and organic fertilizer that will be used in Bolivia to increase the production and quality of milk. With financial support from Hivos and the technical support of SNV, this project...

Sumba is a relatively unknown island in the Indonesian archipelago. The majority of its 650,000 inhabitants are poor, self-subsistence farmers without access to energy. But it is on this remote island that Hivos decided to develop an ambitious plan: provide the...

Improved Cook Stoves

Judy Karuana is mother of three from Nyeri County, in Central Kenya.  Within three months, Judy turned from being unemployed to becoming an entrepreneur, all thanks to the Improved Cook Stove (ICS).

She had no prior experience in using, making or selling the stoves, or ‘jiko’ as they are...

Rural people in low and middle income countries should be able to benefit from renewable energy as well as townspeople. This is the position Hivos takes in a new report on renewable energy in remote areas presented last week in Brussels.

Currently, one-fifth of the world's population - 1....

Baltan Laboratories and Hivos have joined efforts to become the new programme partner of Dutch Design Week 2014 (#DDW14) with their Age of Wonderland project.  Since 13 September, six young talented people from Latin...

Let's co-create green villages powered by renewable energy and productive landscapes

Call for Proposals for Private Sector Partnership in Innovation to co-create Green Villages, powered by renewable energy and productive landscapes in Chongwe District, Lusaka Province. Zambia.

Hivos and three local partner organizations in Zambia; Kasisi...

On 10 September 2014, Tanzania’s First Lady, Mrs. Salma Kikwete, inaugurated the 10,000th biogas digester constructed under the Tanzania Domestic Biogas Partnership Programme, which is currently providing access to clean and sustainable energy in rural areas of Tanzania.

Mrs. Kikwete...

I passed by a chain store known for its cheap products - and there it was in their window display! A plastic dog carrying a solar lantern. I think renewable energy is starting to become mainstream...

In those parts of the world where electricity is still a luxury, 100 percent...

Women@Work campaign

Over 120,000 tonnes of fresh cut flowers are exported every year to the European Union from Kenya alone!  The value of the flower industry stands at 396 million euros annually, and it is estimated that close to 90,000 Kenyans are directly employed in the sector, with...

Plastic bottles piles up for recycling in Uganda.

The concept is really simple one once you hear it. If a business is getting access to microfinance, how can its financial process become more environmentally friendly? How can the transaction be not only about how the money is used and paid back, but also about how the business incorporates...

Jonah Chimusoro picks Moringa leaves at his farm

Spend a day with Zimbabwean farmer, Jonah Chimusoro, and you will be struck by several things.  The first is his obvious passion for what he does as he explains how everything on his farm works together, in a symbiotic cycle of sustainability.

A team from the Hivos Regional Office in...

A plot of land in Chongwe, Zambia

About 45 Km east of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, is the rural district of Chongwe where the main source of income for the over 138,000 inhabitants is agricultural activity. 

Due to its proximity to the city, the area is a prime source of firewood used as an energy source by many Lusaka...

The National Biogas Program was officially launched in Nicaragua on the 10th of April 2014. Through campaigns under the motto “Biogas, energy to thrive”, the program is educating Nicaragua’s population on the benefits of biogas.

The event was hosted by the local project team in...

Hivos and supermarket giant Albert Heijn are joining forces to create a socially and environmentally sustainable flower sector. Starting May 8, in the week before Mother’s Day, Albert Heijn will place a ‘sustainable flower’ sticker on the sleeves of all roses from Africa to let the...

The Hackathon Jakarta (#HACKJAK) challenge may be over, but Jakartans will soon reap its benefit. The event is the first of its kind, using data opened up by the local government of Jakarta and inviting application developers to create and develop apps based on two data sets provided: budget...

According to new estimates released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2014, around 7 million people died in 2012 as a result of air pollution exposure. This means one in eight of total global deaths per year can be traced back to air pollution.

The report concludes that the health...

As shown in the Hivos study ‘Bioslurry: A Supreme Fertiliser – A study on bioslurry results and uses’, biogas produced from cattle, pig and buffalo dung (and other excrement) leaves a by-product called bioslurry, which not only solves various soil fertility problems, but also gives biogas...

The National Biogas Market Development Program has kicked off national campaign in Nicaragua. Supported by funds from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the Nordic Development Fund, the campaign aims to draw farmers’ attention to the benefits of biogas.

"Biogas: Energy to thrive"...

Hivos and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) have entered into a strategic partnership to provide insight, evidence and guidance for improving sustainable food systems and access to energy in developing and emerging...

In December 2013, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Latin America held a meeting in Brazil to address some of today’s most pressing challenges within the Latin America region and globally. Various leaders from around the globe emphasized efforts to carry the region’s social and economic progress...

The Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme (IDBP) has been registered as a Voluntary Gold Standard Programme of Activities. Although the verification of emission reductions is still ongoing, it has been found that each biodigester reduced emissions by approximately 4 tonnes of CO2e per year....

The Hivos Green Entrepreneurship programme has engaged in various pilot biofuel projects in the recent past, mostly involving the Jatropha plant. These aimed to provide additional cash income for small-scale farmers who grow the crops, and may have additional aims, such as adapting engines,...

Kenyan coffee farmer

Over ninety thousand small-scale coffee farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania stand to benefit from the 4S@Scale programme that will see their farms being managed as business units.

The programme was officially launched on November 8 by Dutch Ambassador to...

Gold Standard Foundation (GS), together with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ) and Fairtrade International, is organising a side event, ‘Certifying ecosystem services in forestry and agriculture: Ensuring genuine MRV and social and environmental integrity at landscapes level’, on November 16,...

Nicaragua and Honduras are going green with a new clean cookstove program supported by Hivos.

Cooking is an everyday necessity and task the world over, but in many developing countries this simple activity can bring serious health hazards because of the soot and smoke caused by cooking...

While thousands of people have been killed in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history, at the UN Climate Change Summit (UNFCCC) in Warsaw 195 member countries are discussing measures against climate change, but...

Representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, civil society, donor countries and various actors from the private sector are gathered together at the First Regional Meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-SE4ALL). The...

Dutch/African partnership generates massive impact

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen, who is visiting Kenya with a trade delegation, attended a short ceremony in Kinale in Kiambu County on 30 October to celebrate the realisation of 10,...

Sumba village houses

The Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta will grant €600,000 to Hivos to support the Sumba Iconic Island programme. The East Indonesian island of Sumba is set to become the first 100% renewable energy island.  The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) is leading this ambitious...

The Nicaragua biogas programme managed by ProBiogas, a specific purpose vehicle set up by Hivos, has been registered as a Gold Standard and CDM Carbon Emission Mitigation project. The Gold Standard label certifies that the programme is not only mitigating climate change, but also has...

From 20 to 23 September 2013, over 100 women gathered together in New York to discuss and raise awareness on the topic of climate change and women at the first International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit (IWECS). All over the world, women are dealing with climate change related problems. It...

The Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), a partnership between Hivos and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation spanning six countries, has facilitated the construction of 30,900 biogas digesters since 2010, creating...

Organic Farmers in Guatemala are positioning themselves to benefit from the carbon markets. The Educational Cooperation for Costa Rican Development (CEDECO) has succeeded in establishing the first link between a small organic farmer organization and the...

Biogas rice cooker

Cambodia’s National Biodigester Programme (NBP), which started in 2006 and has seen close to 20,000 household biodigester units distributed across the country, has reached a point where it is generating its own funding through carbon finance.

The NBP was initiated by the Cambodian...

KENDBIP logo

The Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP) announces a call for Expression of Interest for the purchase of  Gold Standard Verified Emission Reductions (GS-VERs) that will become available in 2014 and 2015 and for a first right of refusal for the additional GS-VERs that will become...

In recent years, Hivos has supported the greening of the microfinance industry as new global issues emerged, such climate change, which have led Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to reconsider their position and tackle environmental issues. Many have decided to continue pursuing their financial...

Biogester construction

Hivos, through its Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) has, to date, facilitated the construction of 25,000 biogas digesters in six African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Senegal. ABPP is now reaching 125,000 people, a feat it has achieved in just four...

On 1 September 2013, Edwin Huizing will become the new executive director of Hivos. He will succeed Manuela Monteiro, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past decade.

Jan Ernst de Groot, chairman of the supervisory board of Hivos, says "We are pleased to welcome Edwin...

Open and Green

An innovative approach to bring 'state' and 'street' closer together

Persistent global problems such as growing social inequality, corrupt, incompetent governments and energy scarcity in poor and emerging countries demand a new approach. Hivos therefore feels that now more than ever is...

World Bank Group investments in oil, coal, and gas lending

The new President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, has spoken repeatedly in the last five months about the severe consequences of climate change for people in developing countries. Hivos and other civil society groups have welcomed this position. However, it is now the time for Dr. Kim to...

Minister Ploumen receives report

At the end of 2012, the Evert Vermeer Foundation travelled to Tanzania to assess the role and impact of Dutch and European biofuel policy on developing countries. Their report, "Fuelling progress or poverty? The EU and biofuels in Tanzania", co-founded by Hivos, was presented on 27 March 2013 by...

Last week in Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Hivos signed an agreement to provide 100% renewable energy for the island of Sumba. With this agreement, the ministry is taking responsibility for achieving this objective.

Hivos’ Climate, Energy and Sustainable Development...

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