- Women's Empowerment X
- Sexual Rights and Diversity X
- Freedom and Accountability X
- Sustainable Food X
- Renewable Energy X
My transgender identity: a story of resilience and strength
This is a glimpse into a prejudiced, rural, and non-inclusive Nicaragua which is at the same time diverse, courageous, and resilient. LGBTIQ activist Jacob Ellis tells us the story of Yasuri Potoy Ortiz, a young trans woman. Narrated in the first person, the story shows what life is like for trans people in Nicaragua and […]
Fighting corruption and Covid-19 in Kenya with open contracting
When the Kenyan government contracts private companies to deliver public goods, services and infrastructure, money in the millions just evaporates. Most of it disappears into the deep pockets of the lucky few. Misty procurement deals allow certain entrepreneurs to make huge profits, while Kenyan citizens rarely see the fruits of their hard-earned tax money. We […]
Women leading crop diversification in Zambia
Despite the Zambian government’s intention to diversify agriculture, the country is still heavily reliant on a narrow range of crops. Over time, knowledge about how to grow and prepare local foods has been lost. Hivos partner, the Zambian Alliance of Women, has created a women-centered movement focusing on bringing diversity back to the farm and the plate.
Ketebul Music: diversity is the chord that connects us
The uphill battle for musicians in East Africa
As a form of free expression, music has unlimited scope for communicating joy, sorrow or hope. Music tells the story of the human condition through sound.
We bring our colors out with pride to celebrate
To honor the fall of Vicky and Bessy and the tens of LGBT people murdered every year in Honduras, we bring our colors out with pride to celebrate diversity and fight for our rights. We realize our fight will not end here, but together with brave people like Osman and Kory we are one step closer.
Raising voices around the world
Reflecting on five years of Citizen Agency
In a country plagued by corruption, how can you prevent another toxic mining spill? Is it possible to end malnutrition without listening to everyone’s ideas, mothers’ as well as ministers’? Or, propel women’s development when their needs are mere footnotes in energy policy planning? For this, you need to partner with courageous and determined civil society organizations.
Including women’s energy needs in Tanzania
A women’s burden
All these years Helena had been inhaling smoke while cooking on an open fire. So something had to change. And it did. In 2012 Helena and her husband made a decision that transformed their lives.
Working together for living wages
How do you get governments, producers, retailers, certifiers and civil society to step up efforts together towards a living wage in the agri-food sector? You organize “The Only Way is Up!” – the first major European conference on living wages organized in seven years.
How Hivos’ civil society partners contribute to the growing energy access rate in Nepal
Our partner CRT/N provided training to sensitize municipalities about the many benefits of energy access. This soon resulted in allocated budgets and work plans for energy access in nine municipalities, largely for domestic clean cooking systems.
Implementing sexual harassment policies on flower farms
Sexual harassment is prevalent in the floriculture industry in East and Southern Africa. Women are hired to do the lowest-paid jobs, whereas men often fulfil supervisory or managerial roles. This imbalance of power, combined with wages too low to earn a decent living, leads to many sexual harassment incidents.
There’s R.O.O.M. to be free at Hivos
Why art is important to Hivos
Freedom of expression is the hallmark of democracy. It is a sign of societies where citizens are free to openly debate and contribute to a myriad of issues affecting their day-to-day lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights lists it as a fundamental human right.
A new PERSPECTIVE
PERSPECTIVE is a project that encourages artists to develop fresh content that highlights social issues. Umuntu, the digital production company behind the project, offers an alternative African narrative. It combines augmented reality and music to criticize the state of “our past, present and future” in Zimbabwe and beyond.