Hivos International

Arab Spring Facts & Figures

Partners: 35
Countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria and regional partner organisations
Budget: € 7 million annually
Main Dutch/international partnerships:  Oxfam Novib; IKV Pax Christi; FRIDE; PwC; Free Press Unlimited; UAF/Scholars at Risk; Front Line Defenders
Major donors: Dutch Foreign Ministry; EU; King Baudouin Foundation

  • In June 2013, Hivos invited more than 35 activists from the region to meet with Dutch policy makers and share their stories, perspectives and recommendations, including advice on how the Dutch Government and NGOs could best support democratic transitions in the MENA region.
  • Starting in 2013, the three-year initiative ‘Women on the Frontline’, implemented by Hivos, PwC and Oxfam Novib, will promote women's participation in the political process in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya.
  • In 2012, Hivos partner organisations like Justice for Iran and Arseh Sevom increased public attention for violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Iran and their lobby at the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.
  • In November 2012, with the support of Hivos, 40 Syrian female political and civil society activists created the “Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace” platform to fight violence and ensure women’s participation in the peacemaking process.
  • Hivos actively addresses human rights and press freedom issues in Syria by campaigning for a fair trial for Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish, who was arrested and tortured by Syrian authorities in February 2012 and has remained in custody every since. As part of our efforts to publicise his situation and increase international pressure on the Syrian government, Hivos has issued regular updates on his detention, issued joint statements with other NGOs, lobbied with the special UN envoy on Syria and organised a trial observation mission.
  • Hivos’ partner Karama works on increasing women’s political participation and ensuring women’s rights protection in the constitutions of post-uprising states in the Arab region. It has action plans for fourteen Arab countries, hundreds of partners and thousands of direct beneficiaries.