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East Africa

For almost two decades in East Africa, Hivos has partnered with visionaries, individuals and frontrunners to achieve social change. Together, our efforts have given impetus to the birth of a human rights movement that is grounded on establishing just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. While our accomplishments are many, each year has presented new challenges that have made us aspire to do even better.

Through smart, bold and daring projects we are constantly honing our strategy by partnering with rightsholders and like-minded partners to champion projects that address the following pressing challenges in East Africa:

  • Impacts of climate change
  • Decreasing democratic space
  • Growing socio-economic inequality
  • Sexual minorities attacked from all sides
  • Women’s right to bodily autonomy under threat

Our impact

Interventions in seven countries – over 172 partner organizations – a reach of over 6.8M people

Mendi Njonjo

Director Hivos East Africa

Mendi Njonjo is a feminist and a fervent champion of environmental justice. She has over 25 years’ experience supporting non-profit and grant-making organizations in their fund management, strategy development and policy formulation. She has set up and implemented programs that use technology to encourage good governance and prevent conflict, that promote women’s right to bodily autonomy and economic justice, that defend human rights, and more lately, that work on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. While she has been involved in various programs globally, most of her work has centered on East Africa.

She holds a BSc in Mathematics (University of Nairobi) and an MA in Dispute Resolution (University of Massachusetts, Boston).

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