Social innovation implies novel solutions to social problems that are more effective, efficient, and sustainable than the current solutions. To be able to build capabilities that will better equip Hivos in offering solutions to new and unpredictable challenges, we integrate learning in our daily way of working and include those who are the sources and co-creators of the solutions (academics, policymakers, businesses, civil society, activists, artists and grassroots stakeholders).
The Hivos knowledge repository holds our range of knowledge products, from extensive publications, articles and blogs, to innovative ways of thinking and working.
An example of how we integrate learning in our daily way of working can be seen in our programme Voice. Voice is a new, innovative grant facility that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind. When people and organisations meet, new opportunities to create networks and innovative solutions emerge. Therefore, Voice promotes linking and learning activities throughout the programme.
The linking component aims to bring people together, encourage sharing insights and skills, promote openness to learn from failure, and foster creativity in ways to amplify their voices. Strategies include connecting participants to existing and new communication channels – digital and social media as well as traditional media such as newspapers, community radio and TV (brokering the collaboration between media and digital actors and marginalised groups). The learning component aims to continuously improve how we work for positive change in our thematic areas.