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Today, on September 22, websites of international NGOs and regional and local organizations all over the world are turning their home pages blank. So is Hivos. We are protesting against the oppression of active citizens and organizations who want their voices to be heard, who want to gather or...

‘Gold from children’s hands.’ Sounds nice, even poetic, but what kind of reaction does this statement elicit when you connect it with child labour?

It is estimated that up to two million Ugandan children have been forced into child labour, mostly through conflicts often leading to...

Hivos condemns the unwarranted attempts by the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Co-ordination Board at intimidating civil society organisations in Kenya. Their attempts to de-register the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the...

We are proud to present our 2016 global Annual Report. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through programmes and projects that aim to make our societies greener and more open.

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The hype around “Smart Cities” has influenced discussions on urbanism worldwide. Locally in Indonesia, the concept of smart cities is becoming more popular, and cities across the country...

Springs Sprint Event

From 20 to 25 March 2017, Hivos East and Southern Africa hubs held the first convening of open contracting infomediaries in Nairobi, Kenya. Dubbed the ‘Springs Sprint’, the event brought together local partners from Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania with the goal of...

On March 8, while the world celebrated women’s historical fight for equality and equity on International Women's Day, almost 60 Guatemalan girls were locked up and burned alive inside the “Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción” shelter, located in San José Pinula, Guatemala. At present, 40 have...

Open contracting 2017: #OCGlobal17, Amsterdam, 28 & 29 November

Open contracting is one of the most exciting areas in modernizing government, fighting corruption, reforming markets and fostering business innovation and entrepreneurship. Better, smarter and fairer...

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe have been facing huge challenges due to limited funding and a lack of new, creative and innovative strategies to address longstanding problems that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights among citizens in the country.

Against this background,...

Hivos and Greenpeace Netherlands, together with indigenous groups from the Amazon rainforest, are launching a new campaign against deforestation. The programme, All Eyes on the Amazon, has been made...

Open Contracting offers the government of Malawi the biggest hope in winning its war against corruption according to a new report by Hivos Southern Africa and Article 19. The report indicates that governments worldwide spend an estimated USD 9.5 trillion annually on public contracting and calls...

As part of the Human Rights Day 2016 commemoration in Zimbabwe, the Dutch Royal Embassy and Hivos Southern Africa invited innovators and human rights practitioners to participate in an Internet and Human Rights Innovation Challenge (IHRC). We asked innovators to share ideas on how to effectively...

Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are currently seeking proposals for its global programme on Open Contracting Data that builds the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media, entrepreneurs or social-start-ups in...

Nairobi, Wednesday 7 December 2016… Open Contracting offers the governments of Kenya and Tanzania the biggest hope in winning the war against corruption according to a new report by Hivos East Africa and Article 19. The report indicates that governments worldwide spend an estimated USD 9.5...

Open Contracting Data programme stresses need for citizen engagement

To ensure efficient and transparent public spending through its contracts, governments need to make strong commitments to open contracting. This involves draft legislation that guarantees public access to...

We are pleased to announce Kenya’s first School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) at the Strathmore University from 16-18 November 2016.

The school targets Kenya’s online community from government, academia, tech industries and civil society who are new to internet governance.

The...

Hivos has long been dedicated to supporting development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). One of our key focus areas in the region is on freedom of expression and Internet governance, and our Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa programme (iGmena) is one of the main...

Hivos' Open Contracting Data programme presents first results and insights

For Hivos and ARTICLE 19, the International Open Data Conference (#IODC16) in Madrid on 6 and 7 October marks a turning point. Over the last nine months, we have been getting ready to roll out our global...

Corruption in Zimbabwe has become endemic within its political, private and civil sectors. According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Zimbabwe is ranked at 150 out of 168 countries. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be...

What happens when people from the private sector, academia, journalism and activism join forces to pitch ideas for solving a social problem? Although we cannot claim that they always find an answer, what we do know is that these encounters, called “civic laboratories”, address a collective need...

As coordinator of the Stop Child Labour coalition, Hivos signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs (see press release in right sidebar). The parties have agreed to work...

From 2010 to 2015, Hivos was involved in CoCooN (Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries), a WOTRO-financed programme dedicated to finding new ways to end the destruction of the...

Backpack radio

From 23 - 31 May, Age of Wonderland is holding its Incubator Week. In 2015, the programme focused on food; 2016’s theme is Big & Open Data. Can Big & Open Data be a tool for social innovation? And in which way can it...

On Thursday May 12, government representatives from all over the world are gathering for the Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016, which aims to agree on a package of practical steps...

Open data

To support the International Open Data Charter’s work and show strong commitment to its principles, Hivos has endorsed this network of governments, civil society organisations, private businesses and multilateral organisations. The Open Data charter works for the adoption and implementation of...

Update 17 March 2016: 31 international organisations, including Hivos, renew their call for Bassel's release on the fourth anniversay of his detention (see the joint statement in the right sidebar)

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Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovative and tech-focused approaches to addressing governance issues. This month, MAVC is excited to announce a new joint initiative to support civil society groups using innovation and technology in their open governance work....

Open Data Day

Today is Open Data Day. As part of the Open Data movement, the opening up of contracts offers a revolution in public procurement. An estimated US$ 9.5 trillion is spent by governments in deals with business. If done more openly, efficiently and effectively, governments could save budgets...

El patrimonio del gabinete de Evo

With one click, Nelfi Fernández, Williams Chorolque and Elizabeth Arostegui opened up more than just doors in Bolivia. After months of work and research, on January 21st they launched El patrimonio del gabinete de Evo (The Assets of...

Indigenous representatives and environmental activists came to the Netherlands to report on the conflicts between indigenous communities in the Amazon and the oil companies active in the area. 

Aurelio Chino, leader of the Peruvian Quechua communities along the Pastaza River, and Humberto...

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published a sentence in the López Lone and others vs Honduras case in favor of three judges and a magistrate who, in their fight for democracy and rule of law, were dismissed from their positions for dissenting against the coup that took place June 28,...

The Bolivian Amazon provided  the stage for the third international meeting of "Sharing Socio-environmental Monitoring Systems", attended by indigenous representatives from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
 
The event, supported by Hivos, was held from October 25-29 in...

What challenges do we predict for the future of civil society? How do we present the continuity of the work of civic organizations? These were the questions guiding the seminar held by Hivos in South America, which brought representatives of various partner organizations working in the region...

From 27 to 29 October 2015, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) holds its global summit in Mexico.

National governments and representatives from civil society, NGOs, media and research organisations will meet to discuss ‘how openness can improve public services, realise rights,...

After nearly three years of open global consultations, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) were adopted by UN member states at a special summit convened at the UN headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September during the annual meeting of the annual United Nations General...

Can you imagine a group of hackers working at a public entity’s office?  Well, supported by Hivos, this is already a reality in Bolivia, thanks to the #HackPúblico project promoted by La Pública through its open data initiative #DataBO...

'What makes a city a hub for innovation?' was the central question asked during the second Six-Hivos event held in Nairobi from 27-29 May 2015.

To organise this event, Six (Social Innovation Exchange) collaborated with the Amani Institute - a leader in teaching and stimulating social...

By Loe Schout, with thanks to Ireen Dubel

Zimbabwe’s best-known writer, Chenjerai Hove, passed away on 12 July 2015 in exile in Norway at the age of 59. Chenjerai Hove was a many-sided man, being a novelist, storyteller, poet and playwright. His novel Bones, published in...

On June 30 2015, the government of Jakarta held the kickoff of Hackathon Jakarta (#HACKJAK) for the second time. #HACKJAK is an app development competition that aims to use data from the Jakarta municipal government’s Open Data portal (data.jakarta.go.id). Jakarta Governor Basuki T. Purnama...

Hivos joins their renewed call for the release of the ‘Duma Four’

To mark the 38th birthday of missing human rights defender and lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, head of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), winner of the 2011...

The Hivos Local Office in South Africa and our Making All Voices Count programme staff proudly joined some 30,000 people who took part in the People’s March Against Xenophobia on 23 April through Johannesburg, South Africa. The march demanded an end to a recent wave of xenophobic...

In April 2013, Hivos announced a new strategic direction for after 2015 that would involve thoroughly re-examining Hivos’ strategy and equipping the organisation for a more uncertain environment.

Time for change

Over the past decades, Hivos and local civil society...

“Remember to not forget”… Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

On April 9th, Hivos Central America released the film SietexGuatemala (Seven for Guatemala) in...

The open data philosophy is starting to become known in Bolivia through the DataBO project, the first data accelerator in the country. Supported by Hivos and Oxfam, this initiative is promoted...

Hivos partner ASL 19 hosted the third annual Iran Cyber Dialogue (ICD) on 5 and 6 March in Valencia, Spain. The conference brought together government actors, civil society members, journalists and technical experts to discuss...

Lusaka, Zambia - Common Cause Zambia (CCZ), in collaboration with Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) and Panos Southern Africa, recently held a meeting with twenty-three Members of Parliament (MPs) in Zambia to address issues around the management and utilisation of the Constituency...

Sarabi Band and the Jukumu Letu initiative

Under a hot scorching January sun, social activists descended on the Mathare suburb in the North West of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Donning white t-shirts stamped with the words ‘Jukumu Letu’ (‘our responsibility’ in Kiswahili) and armed with simplified versions of the Kenyan Constitution,...

The Costa Rican digital newspaper AmeliaRueda.com officially launched DataBase during the Amelia Rueda...

The Hivos Media and Accountability Program has launched its second call for proposals open to civil society organizations (CSO), social change groups, media, research institutes, associations and private enterprises working on transparency and accountability issues in Latin America.

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Update 5 February: the winner of the Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014 in in the prototype category is Lensational and the runner-up in the the scaling up category is Organic Sack Gardening. You can read about them below....

On 30 January 2015, Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Liliane Ploumen announced her strategic partners for advocacy and policy influencing during the period 2016-2020. Hivos is pleased to be involved in two of the 25 partnerships selected for the new ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ programme of...

New technologies have the power to change lives in powerful and creative ways. Hivos supports social initiatives that employ ICT technologies for social good, such as the ...

Hivos in Central America has launched a follow-up to its earlier campaign “Tenía que ser Mujer” from March 2014. Called “Tenía que ser mujer… creadora” (It must have been a woman - creator), the new initiative aims to celebrate a brighter future for this and new generations of women by bringing...

A year on, no information on the Douma Four

The prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Khalil, Wa’el Hamada and Nazem Hamadi - the Douma Four - remain missing a year after their abduction, 71 organizations** said today, including Hivos....

The day before the Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF) held this year in Lebanon, 26-27 November 2014, Hivos, in cooperation with the UNESCO and the Maharat Foundation organized a workshop at the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) in Beirut. The event entitled, “...

A two-day learning and inspiration event with Hivos and the Social Innovation Exchange, bringing together the social innovation and development communities to explore how to empower citizens to change,...

The Open Government Partnership Regional Meeting for the Americas is an event that brings together civil society organizations and NGOs, policy leaders and representatives of industry for a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions focusing on OGP developments in Latin America....

The 9th edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Istanbul at the beginning of October, marks a significant turning point regarding how the global dialogue on Internet Governance (IG) has evolved since the forum was first launched in 2006. In these nine years, the forum...

“Social innovation should be more than a new label”

Hivos has published a collection of stories about what social innovation looks like in practice. We asked our Knowledge Officer, Ute Seela,to tell us a little bit about the book (download from right sidebar) and what it offers...

Forty journalists, designers and programmers from Latin America and Europe worked together to create the first Manual de Periodismo de Datos Iberoamericano (Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook).

The book was first...

Creating technological solutions for social problems is what Desarrollando América Latina (Developing Latin America) has been doing since 2011. This annual app challenge event has demonstrated that technology can encourage citizens to be active participants in their societies by putting the data...

On 24 September 2014, the Open Government Partnership High-Level Event was held at the United Nations and centred around the theme of "Citizen Action, Responsive Government." It featured, amongst others, the 2014 Open Government Awards honouring citizen engagement initiatives from around the...

Every year, the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways.

The nomination round yielded almost 160 nominees from more than 50 countries. Out of these 160, 30 candidates went on to...

AbreLatam-ConDatos is the most important regional event on open data in Latin America and the Caribbean. And this year Hivos is joining this initiative that will gather in Mexico academics, governments, business and civil society organizations to enrich the debate on open data.

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From 10-16 October, the Hivos programme Mideast Creatives, together with Coworking Camps, will be co-organising the first regional Coworking Know-How Camp in Cairo, focused on founders of coworking spaces in the MENA region.

Coworking spaces will play an essential role in our future...

This year, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 5 September. This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues.

A seven women strong delegation from...

Hivos partner Plaza Pública has won two awards in the annual Excellence in Journalism contest organized by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).

Plaza Pública was awarded the Online News Coverage Award for their complete...

We invite you to get to know the work the Hivos regional office in South America has been doing within what we call the ‘Open Society’ track. Our new beautifully illustrated digital booklet,...

The GISWatch 2014 report on mass surveillance (available online to download) was officially released at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014. The latest edition of...

A week to research, share and create strategies and collaborative action through communication and technology. That's the aim of the “Semana de la ComunicAcción y las Tecno-Lógicas”, which will run from the 25th to the 31st of August in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.
 
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Hivos proudly announces the selection of a number of fellows to attend the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) through its programme IGMENA. Bringing together a variety of backgrounds and interests, the fellows represent seven countries in the MENA region. This initiative provides fellows a...

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Is an independent, transparent and feminist media possible?

If you ask Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and former director of Plaza Pública, he would say it is not only possible, but that since the 8th of August...

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The deadline of the First Call for Proposals has been extended until Sunday 7th of September, midnight.

The Media, Transparency and Accountability Program, aimed at stimulating organizations and journalists to use data in favor of generating quality information,...

In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against Iraq, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organisations, including Hivos partner Al Amal, have signed a declaration to...

Scores of civil society activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, Hivos and 11 other nongovernmental organisations said today. We insist that Syrian officials...

Interview with Karl Kathuria

Since mid-June, citizens in Iraq have been experiencing varying degrees of blocked access to the Internet. As explained by the Iraqi Network for Social Media, the Iraqi Government’s...

Those who express themselves critically on the web are increasingly becoming victims of cyber terror. To protect (civilian) journalists, bloggers and activists, the Digital Defenders Partnership and a number of other organisations have devised the world's first ...

Together with many other civil society groups, Hivos has recently signed a call to the new leadership of the EU to commit the EU institutions to close engagement with and eventual membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). EU participation in the OGP is important as it will encourage...

In 2013, Hivos announced the challenging new direction the organization will be taking after 2015: social innovation. A major buzzword promoted heavily among development organizations, academics and professionals all over the word. 

But what does this really mean? “For Hivos, the choice...

A training session at Bongo Hive Tech Hub in Lusaka, Zambia

Hivos continues its support for African Technology hubs and has partnered with the DOEN Foundation and The Indigo Trust to launch a new joint fund that will support technology hubs around the continent with the aim of empowering more sustainable entrepreneurship.

In a joint statement the...

Hivos is pleased to announce it has been chosen by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to support the Human Rights Tulip Award in 2014 and 2015. For Hivos, this is an important recognition of the expertise and experience we have gained over the years working on a myriad of human rights issues, including...

"The eternal wait" Art exhibition: Post / After the genocide

“Never forgive, never forget. Yes, there was genocide!” is the message going viral on social media. People are using also the hash tag  #Aquisihubogenocidio (Here there was genocide) to commemorate the genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt and as a sign of protest against...

First publication of the Syrian Perspectives Project

Since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, there have been abundant articles and studies on Syrian political factions and figures, but to date there has been no systematic study and critical appraisal of the...

Where can the voice of the citizen be heard? In the parliament? In the mainstream media? Where is it that the citizen can exercise the right to express his/her opinion about democracy and its institutions?

La Pública is an innovative digital...

Next week, the UN Security Council is poised to vote on a resolution to approve referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Hivos, together with over one hundred civil society groups from around the world, has lent its support and signature to a...

By Hanane Boujemi of igmena.org

NETmundial was a unique meeting convened by the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to discuss the Internet Governance (IG) principles and the roadmap of the IG ecosystem. The meeting was convened following the Snowden revelations which shook up the...

Hivos couldn’t agree more with the statement by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, in his opening speech  at the Freedom Online Coalition  conference in Tallinn two weeks ago: ‘Whatever the excuse, in reality...

Khalil Matouq

Over one and a half years after the disappearance of renowned Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq, the undersigned organizations are reiterating their call on the Syrian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.

Khalil Ma’touq, the director of the...

The Malawi Election Information Centre

When Malawians go to the polls on 20 May 2014 to elect a president, members of parliament and local government representatives, at least a million text messages are expected to have been processed by a new Mobile Voter Verification System.

The system is one part of the Hivos-supported...

The Hackathon Jakarta (#HACKJAK) challenge may be over, but Jakartans will soon reap its benefit. The event is the first of its kind, using data opened up by the local government of Jakarta and inviting application developers to create and develop apps based on two data sets provided: budget...

Hivos partner SEATTI (Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative) is in strategic cooperation with Jakarta Provincial Government,...

Making All Voices Count is proud to announce 28 awarded proposals, chosen from a pool of 544, to transform government responsiveness and effectiveness.

The programme’s first call for proposals was announced on September 23, 2013. This month, 28 cutting-edge solutions were selected from a...

On 24 March 2014, Director of Hivos partner the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Mazen Darwish, and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, were charged by the General Prosecutor at the Anti-Terrorism Court in Damascus with "promoting terrorist acts" pursuant...

Hivos has joined a coalition of more than 60 human rights organisations worldwide to call for the immediate and unconditioned release of the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani...

The celebration of International Women’s Day may have passed, but as the legislative election is only a month away, Indonesian women’s movements are using the March 8 momentum to increase political awareness among women politicians and the broader public. As many as 100 women’s organisations and...

On February 24, 2014, President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Law: a disaster for LGBT people in Uganda. How should the fight against this draconian law be continued? And what can the Dutch government do about this?

Brave Ugandan activists are fighting on...

The 4th Arab Bloggers meeting held in Amman, Jordan with support from Hivos provided a space for MENA activists to share ideas about strategies and tactics relevant to digital activism. This year’s meeting focused on the new challenges the region is facing: increasing surveillance and censorship...

On the second anniversary of the arrest of Mazen Darwish, the human rights situation in Syria remains critical as two more human rights defenders are targeted.

16 February 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of the arbitrary arrest of prominent...

Update: On January 21, the IFC issued its second response to the findings of the CAO audit, two weeks after these were released. Under pressure from reactions by international and national organizations, the IFC admitted to shortcomings in their investment in the Honduran oil palm...

‘Chicas Poderosas’ trains women to use technology in newsrooms throughout Latin America.  The movement was initiated by Mariana Santos, a visual storyteller who worked as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. Currently she is...

Updated on 8 April, 2014 with the second statement issued by Razan Zeitouneh's family (see documents in right idebar)

On 9 December, an unknown armed group kidnapped human rights lawyer and activist Razan Zeitouneh, ex-political prisoner Samira Khalil, activist and Razan’s spouse...

By Fungai Tichawangana, Hivos Regional Office in Southern Africa

South Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg, has been uncharacteristically grey and rainy since Nelson Mandela’s death last week on December 5, 2013. According to some African beliefs, this is a sign that a...

Hivos is very concerned about the safety of local journalists in the Iraqi province of Ninewa. We have received alarming messages from our partner, the Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association (IJRDA), and other...

The Ecuadorian government has dissolved Fundación Pachamama, an environmental non-governmental organization that has worked for 16 years in defense of the human rights of Amazonian indigenous peoples...

European companies provide the technology that authoritarian regimes use to violate freedom of expression and human rights. Hivos wants Europe to know that we are against the trade in digital...

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies that will enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

The programme already flung its doors open with three ‘Open...

Dr Dororthy Okelll from WOUGNET Uganda

Hivos would like to congratulate Dr Dorothy Okello on being awarded the first Digital Woman of the Year prize. Dr Okello is the founder of WOUGNET – Women of Uganda Network - an NGO that aims to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share...

With the Geneva 2 Peace talks on Syria planned for 22 January 2014, the international community must not forget Syrian prisoners of conscience.

Hivos, together with forty-two human rights organisations, is therefore making an urgent appeal to all parties involved to release all Syrian...

Hivos proudly congratulates Hanaa Edwar and her organisation Al-Amal for being awarded Arab Woman of the Year, one of the nine Arab Achievements Awards of Takreem Initiative.

Hanaa Edwar has been awarded Takreem’s Arab Woman of the Year 2013 Award. She received this award for her...

On October 31 and November 1, over 1 000 delegates from civil society organizations (CSOs), businesses and governments from around the world are gathered in London for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit. This Summit is a unique opportunity to share the experiences of the...

On 21 October, the day before the opening of the 2013 Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia, Hivos’ Southeast Asia Regional Office co-organised a pre-event workshop with ID-CONFIG, “Civil Society and Internet Governance: Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Practices from Southeast Asia and Beyond,” at...

On October 22nd, local media reported that Guatemala’s Constitutional Court had opened the door to amnesty to former president...

The use of telephony and digital technologies has increased dramatically since 2000, especially in countries in the global South. Hence, Hivos and others in the international development community have invested in technology for transparency and accountability initiatives with the aim of...

A new report released today by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos explores women’s rights and gender through the lens of information and communications technologies (ICTs).

This year’s edition of Global Information Society Watch shows that gains in women’s...

On October 16, Hivos partner the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) received the Silver Rose Award at the European Parliament for their work in defense of the Ixil people in Guatemala and their fight for truth and justice regarding the crimes committed against the indigenous Ixil...

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies that will enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

The programme flung open its doors with three ‘Open for...

Hivos partner Congreso Transparente has been selected as the local researcher to be part of the Independent Report Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP...

“Before I left Honduras, we suffered one or two assaults a week. Sometimes they were not assaults, but acts of intimidation so we would stop our activities. I received several threatening phone calls. They told us we were being watched, they knew what time we left the office, where we lived,...

Making All Voices Count’, a programme aimed at making governments more responsive, is pleased to announce its First Call for Proposals. Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and...

The Honduran judge and human rights defender, Mireya Mendoza Peña, was murdered in broad daylight on July 24. She was a trial judge in the city of El Progreso and the undersecretary of Hivos partner the Association of Judges for Democracy (Asociación Jueces por la Democracia), an organization...

Hivos believes that media and technology have the power to expose injustice and to hold government and corporations accountable to the public interest.

In most Latin American countries, powerful families own the most important broadcasting corporations and print media, and many

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Police officers wait to vote during the special voting exercise held on July 14 and 15

Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 31 to elect a new leader for the country along with a new parliament and new councillors for the country’s various local authorities.

As the country gears up for elections, the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) launched a briefing paper on July 25,...

Indigo Trust Banana disease survey

Technology innovation hubs are mushrooming across Africa and are playing a central role in the fledgling tech and entrepreneurial scenes in Africa.

With so many innovation hubs emerging, it seems timely to support an initiative which will facilitate collaboration between these hubs. We...

African child in a classroom

Hivos has partnered with the US-based Hewlett Foundation to monitor the quality and performance of Kenya’s primary schools and health clinics as part of an Africa-wide SDI initiative. The indicators provide a set of metrics for benchmarking service delivery performance in these sectors to track...

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Call for Participation

How can activists, human rights defenders or journalists cope with governments seeking greater power and control over the Internet through surveillance, website filtering, restrictive legislation and intergovernmental processes that curb online...

The Prime Minister's Office

Having breakfast with British Prime Minister David Cameron is not something just anyone gets to do. On the eve of the G8 summit in June 2013, Cameron invited six 'champions of transparency' to 10 Downing Street. One of them was Rakesh Rajani, head of...

Tawanda Kembo, founder of ipaidabribe.co.zw

Tawanda Kembo is a serial online entrepreneur. Ideas roll out of his mind onto the Internet quickly and seemingly effortlessly. His latest project is a website that lets Zimbabweans report when, where and to whom they have paid bribes.

It is simply titled “...

Logos of civil society networks: CIFCA,  ALOP, APRODEV, COOPI, GRUPO SUR and CIDSE.

Civil society networks from Latin America and Europe are deeply concerned over the Guatemalan Constitutional Court’s annulment of the sentence in the genocide case against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. ALOP,...

On 1 September 2013, Edwin Huizing will become the new executive director of Hivos. He will succeed Manuela Monteiro, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past decade.

Jan Ernst de Groot, chairman of the supervisory board of Hivos, says "We are pleased to welcome Edwin...

In a meeting held on the 28th of May, the government of Costa Rica presented its Open Government Action Plan 2013-2014 for the first time to civil society organizations since having joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

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Update : On May 10 2013, thirty years after the original events, former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. But less than two weeks later, the Constitutional Court...

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” This famous quote from Apple founder Steve Jobs captures the spirit of an ambitious new initiative called Making all Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (...

Report on Safety and Protection on Journalist cover

Hivos and the Kenya Media Programme (KMP), working with KMP partner the Media Council of Kenya, have launched Kenya’s first ever survey on the working conditions facing Kenyan journalists. The report titled ‘Safety and protection of Kenyan journalists: Is it common sense or common cents?’, was...

Open and Green

An innovative approach to bring 'state' and 'street' closer together

Persistent global problems such as growing social inequality, corrupt, incompetent governments and energy scarcity in poor and emerging countries demand a new approach. Hivos therefore feels that now more than ever is...

Latin America is undergoing a process of building new social, political and economic paradigms. It is a time of change in which democracy has returned to where it came from - the streets. And it is the young people who, under the cover of new information technologies, are driving movements from...

Fomer Guatemalan dictador José Efraín Ríos Montt

After years of fighting, Hivos partners Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and the Association of Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), along with other organizations, have managed...

Liberian students at IT centre

The Africa Technology and Transparency Initiative (ATTI) has entered into partnership with iLab Liberia, the country’s foremost tech space. iLab Liberia is a non-profit computer laboratory providing access to cutting-edge technology, expert IT assistance and free training sessions that are...

Map of SEATTI region

Starting from 1 April 2013, the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI) officially invites civil society organizations in the Southeast Asia region, particularly from Indonesia and the Philippines, to submit their Expressions of Interest (EoI) in promoting the use of...

Hivos partners Radio Progreso and COFADEH in Honduras have collaborated on the new documentary, “La ley del más fuerte” (The Law of the Strongest). The documentary is an in-depth account of the work of human rights defenders in Honduras, especially in the region of Bajo Aguán. It covers the...

Group photo of IG training participants

The quest for an open Internet in the Arab countries, free of government control, has led Hivos to engage internet users from the region in the global discussion about Internet Governance and the specific policies toward the Internet environment in their countries.

From 16 to 19 March...

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt (1982-83) and his then chief of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, are on trial in Guatemala for genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges arise from systematic massacres of the country’s indigenous population carried...

Speech by Plaza Pública director Martín Rodríguez Pellecer

Plaza Pública, an online non-profit digital newspaper and Hivos partner, celebrated its second anniversary on February 22nd with a round table of prominent journalists entitled ‘La soleada caverna’ ( The Sunny Cavern). The website,...

Tweet locations in Nairobi during the presidential debate

Hivos has partnered with the Ushahidi, a Kenya technology developer, and various civil society organisations to come up with the joint initiative to monitor Kenya’s electoral process. Uchaguzi, which means ‘election’ in Swahili, aims to help Kenya have a free...

'Juan of the Dead' 50 years after the Cuban Revolution a new one is about to start

The Cuban film ‘Juan de los Muertos’, by Alejandro Brugés and supported by CINERGIA - the Hivos-sponsored Central American and Cuba Film Fund – has won the Award for Best Iberoamerican Production 2013 at the 23rd Annual Goya Awards in Madrid.

The gala ceremony of the Goya...

C-Libre

On February 6th, Hivos partner Freedom of Expression Committee (C-Libre) handed Honduran president Porfirio Lobo a proposal for a new telecommunications law that could significantly democratize the country’s media spectrum. This is the first time a proposal for such a law has been put forward in...

Corruption

A new report released today by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos explores the delicate role the internet plays as an enabler to an open and fair society , although it can also be used to inhibit freedoms in more repressive societies.  The authors present perspectives...

Lifetime winners of the Social Impact Awards

Three Hivos partners won awards at the 2012 Times of India 'Social Impact' Awards held on 28 January 2013. Widespread and tangible impact, which has the quality of changing lives forever, is the key criterion for these awards.

The Association for Democratic Reform...

The quest for an open and a free of government control Internet in the Arab countries has brought the need to engage more Internet users from the region in the global discussion about Internet Governance and the policies specific to the Internet environment.

While the concept of Internet...

Ma-Vulture Grafitti

Boniface Mwangi is one of the Prince Claus Laureates for 2012. The photographs Boniface Mwangi took of the violence during and after the 2007 Kenyan elections turned him into an acclaimed photojournalist. Mwangi also actively spray paints murals in Nairobi to raise awareness about the current...

Arab Internet Governance Forum, Kuwait

Report on the workshop organised by Hivos at the first Arab Internet Governance Forum in Kuwait, October 2012

Moderator: Hanane Boujemi (Hivos), Internet Governance coordinator for the MENA region

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Hivos is the first major Netherlands-based development organisation to publish all of its project- related information in accordance to the internationally agreed (IATI) standard. The publication of...

Hivos proudly announced the launch of the Digital Defenders Partnership at the Freedom Online conference on 6 and 7 September in Nairobi, Kenya. The Digital Defenders Partnership is an initiative under the Coalition for Freedom Online to provide quick support in response to a range of emerging...

Again,  Hivos and several other organizations condemn the ongoing secret detention of Mr Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and four of his colleagues in the following statement. SYRIA: Continued...

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  • Forests are crucial for the future of our planet: they provide oxygen, natural cooling and store billions of tonnes of CO2.

  • Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that harnesses the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance.

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    How much money was spent to build the new public school? How did the government decide which company will get the contract? Did the company actually deliver according to the contact?

  • The ‘Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work’ (SCL) coalition consists of the Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb), Mondiaal FNV, Hivos, the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), Kerk in A

  • Below you will find our current and recent transparency & accountability projects. Those at the top with photos are projects in the spotlight.