Hivos International

Whither goes the GCF?

Will the Green Climate Fund overlook decentralised renewable energy enterprises, or will it promote a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development?

2016 Annual Report

The Hivos Annual Report shows how we gave shape to our ideals in Latin America, Africa and Asia in 2016.


Knowledge Dossiers

Hivos operates at the cutting edge of developments. To stay ahead of the curve, Hivos invests in knowledge creation. Browse through our dossiers for a wealth of insights.

Portraits in Courage

Stories of brave, determined activists who fight for MENA women’s empowerment and influence. Their dream is a just, democratic and equal society in their countries.

Facts & Figures


People reached 18.7 million

Number of partner organisations 445

Number of countries 33

Total liability € 91.3 million

Offices abroad 4 regional and 6 local

Number of employees 337


Edward Huizing, executive director of Hivos, which coordinates the Stop Child Labour coalition, signed the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for a responsible gold value chain on June 19, together with Philips, Fairphone, IUCN NL, FNV and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hivos strongly condemns Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. It shows the Trump Administration is in total discord with reality and isolates itself from the rest of the world. And although Trump believes otherwise, the first to suffer from this action is the American people as it is totally contrary to their best interests: their health, security, food supply, jobs and future.

There is a need to promote the consumption of a variety of foods in Zambia, according to Frank Mechielsen, Hivos’ Senior Sustainable Diets for All Programme Manager. In Zambia, many people cannot access healthy and diverse foods. To complicate matters, the Zambian government has traditionally concentrated on promoting the cultivation of maize at the expense of other crops.

Blog posts

En la Universidad de Ciencias y Humanidades de Los Olivos, en Lima, una alumna de primer ciclo levanta la mano durante una conferencia sobre Género y Diversidad Sexual y le hace una pregunta a Verónica Ferrari, la especialista que dirige la charla:

—¿Los gays creen en Dios?

—No, la verdad, todos somos satánicos —contesta ella, y luego lanza la misma carcajada frenética que se le escapa cada vez que se siente incómoda.

Malawi’s new Access to Information Bill signifies a new dawn particularly on the road to enabling increased disclosure in public contracts. Assented in February 2017 by President Peter Mutharika, many Malawians welcomed the move and this signalled a shift in opening up public access to government information. This means, citizens can now access information from the government and demand for accountability in the management of public resources.


Poisonous frogs are one of the planet’s most brightly colored animals. Depending on the species, they can be yellow, copper, gold, red, blue, green, black or a combination of those colors. More than enough choice for the designers of the new Rainforest Alliance seal, although a red frog might be the obvious choice as a tribute to the colour of UTZ’s original logo.