Hivos International

Citizens are central actors in public and political arenas. Their ability to hold governments to account and to participate fully in democratic processes is contingent upon their ability to associate, assemble freely and express opinions. Around the globe citizens are claiming their rights, rising up to injustices and proposing alternatives. What lessons can we draw from citizen action? How do different forms of technology contribute to raise citizens’ voices? In this dossier, we explore various forms of citizen action and their effectiveness at bringing about positive change.

Digital Natives

This dossier is informed by over 40 years of Hivos practice executed with our research partners. An example of a programme that produced an extensive amount of knowledge is the Digital Natives programme. Today, youth are perceived to show little interest in politics, but if you look closely at what many young people are advocating for online, this is very political. These so-called Digital Natives are changing our environment in unimaginable ways. This is why we have published insights from digital natives. What does it mean to be a Digital Native? What is the relationship of people growing up with new technologies and change? We have also looked at other forms of political action such as the use of arts - so-called “unruly politics”.

For these and more insights about new forms of citizen action, do browse through this dossier! 

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Blog | March 20, 2015 | Duncan Edwards

This week a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Engaging Citizens: a Game Changer for Development?” was launched by the World Bank in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), Overseas Development Institute, CIVICUS,...

Blog | May 6, 2015 | Rosie McGee

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Other Knowledge Dossiers

An Iranian woman walks on Enghelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) St. in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

Since the outbreak of the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2011, the region is undergoing tectonic shifts. The pace, quality and quantity of political and social changes are unprecedented.