Hivos International

Transparency & Accountability

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.

Hivos Director of Operations Sanne Nolst Trenité toured a number of Hivos projects and partners in Indonesia at the end of April until early of May this year. For staff at Hivos Southeast Asia, her visit provided opportunities to meet her and discuss developments important to Hivos with her. Interaction, engagement, inspiration, acceleration and support were recurring themes throughout her visit.

Human rights should be considered proportionally in any governmental policy related to the Internet in a way that will hopefully spur the private sector to follow.

The Civic Engagement for Open Contracting Program was formally launched in the Philippines on January 24, 2017. This was done in conjunction with a meeting that sought to validate findings and results of the Philippines scoping study and provide inputs before the annual Philippine country plan was implemented. 

In the past couple of weeks, news about fraudulent tendering processes have been making headlines. The scourge of flawed procurement processes has unfortunately denied many Kenyans crucial services such as health, education, water and infrastructure amongst others. While discussions in public discourses lightly delve on proper mechanisms to fight corruption; billions of tax payers’ money continue to be lost in corrupt procurement schemes.

Hivos Director of Operations Sanne Nolst Trenité recently toured selected projects in Harare, Zimbabwe and also held a townhall-type meeting with all staff in the Southern African region. Members of staff for Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe had an opportunity to interact and engage with the DOO on the trajectory of the organizations as well as air out any outstanding issues.

"Harare is the first place station that I visited following my appointed. So it feels like home to be here. Harare has a special place in my heart," said Trenite.

The expansion of social media use in Zimbabwe has meant it has become an important medium through which Zimbabwean civil society organisations can reach out to the public when promoting and protecting human rights.

The social protests that rocked Zimbabwe in July-November 2016 were also a clear testimony to the potential of social media in enabling human rights defenders to express themselves and mobilise citizens for various causes. 

A Hivos Southern Africa Hub partner under the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands funded project, Human Rights Fund, Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe, has urged journalists to be always conscious of the profession’s safety and security measures  to minimise risk to life and limb as they conduct their lawful professional duties.