People and their organizations are central to our vision, mission and our solution-driven approach. Since our founding in 1968, Hivos has promoted access to all forms of power for all citizens so they can actively participate in a truly democratic society. This is why our motto has remained People Unlimited all these years.
We believe local ownership is key to achieving long-lasting impact. Local leadership and ownership are therefore integrated into Hivos’ structure, governance and ways of working.
We are convinced that citizen action is vital for the advancement of democracy, human rights and sustainability. We see it as our role to support marginalized people, facilitate their change agendas, and help build social movements that strive for just, inclusive and life-sustaining societies.
This is a concise version of our Strategic Compass. It summarizes how we will realize our mission in the coming years by strengthening, amplifying and connecting rightsholders who call for just, inclusive and life-sustaining societies. The complete document can be found here.