With this Feasibility Study, Hivos aims to better understand if creating a new program inspired by R.O.O.M. is feasible and strategic. The program would be designed to support the Freedom of Expression in Latin America in four countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala – with a special focus on gender and inclusivity of women, Afro-descendant makers and creatives from indigenous populations.
Hivos has developed the R.O.O.M. program that supports artists, culture and media producers, and creative hubs currently active on the African continent. It’s built on the premise that these often marginalized artists are the key to resisting threats to freedom of expression, which “is vital to humanity and is the foundation of a free society.