In Hivos’ 2020 Annual Report, we reflect on a year that summons up many emotions and thoughts. First of all, about our staff and partners who were personally affected by the corona virus and who lost close relatives and friends.
At the same time, we witnessed the impressive dedication of all Hivos stakeholders to continue delivering improvement even in the direst moments. Thanks to the flexibility of our donors, we were able to redirect some of our program activities and start new initiatives to respond to the profound impacts the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had on people and civil society around the world. You will find numerous examples of this in our 2020 Annual Report.
The year 2020 was also crucial for our organization itself. In this Annual Report we explain why we charted a new strategic course that is bringing focus to our work and deepening our commitment to local leadership and decentralization. And while we couldn’t meet many people face to face, we were able to design and prepare the implementation of exciting new programs together. These are previewed in our Annual Report as well.