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Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are alarmed at the news that the Philippine government has declared 600 people to be ‘communist terrorists’.

The list of names includes the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples, and human rights defenders including...

The Hivos Tiger Award is the most prestigious award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). In the Hivos Tiger Competition, an international jury chooses a winner from eight nominated films. A Special Jury Award is also given. The competition was founded in 1995 with the aim of...

Hivos condemns the shutdown of free to air television stations in Kenya (Nation TV, Kenya Television Network, Inooro TV and Citizen TV) and Inooro radio station on 30 January. This shutdown was ostensibly to stop live broadcasts of the ‘swearing in’ of Kenya’s opposition leader.

Kenya...

On 26 January, Zimbabwe - through Hivos Southern Africa - will become the first Sub-Saharan African country to live stream films from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). IFFR 2018, the 47th edition of the film festival, takes place from 24 January to 4 February 2018 in Rotterdam,...

This year's selection of films competing for the Hivos Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) from 24 January to 4 February includes seven world premieres and one international premiere. The prestigious Hivos Tiger Award includes a cash prize of €40,000, to be divided...

100 DAYS OF LEARNING is the 2017 programme – and final edition - of knowledge platform Age of Wonderland, a...

On September 22, websites of international NGOs and regional and local organizations all over the world turned their home pages blank. So did Hivos. We were protesting against the oppression of active citizens and organizations who want their voices to be heard, who want to gather or demonstrate...

Hivos East Africa condemns the recent police raids on Action Aid Uganda, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS) and Solidarity Uganda. Ahead of the age limit...

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.

Citizen agency...

Hivos Southern Africa (Hivos) joins journalists, artists, open internet and free expression activists in the region and beyond in commemorating this year’s World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday 3 May 2017.  

This year’s UNESCO theme, ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in...

Morning musings with Ketebul Music

Hivos East Africa is predominantly known in the region as being amongst the pioneering organisations that have supported the arts and film scene for close to 10 years. This support to the creative economy sector is part of our freedom of...

How do you break societal norms to be creative in spaces that are unfamiliar? These were some of the thought-provoking conversations that evolved during Hivos East Africa’s 100 days of learning. Convened by the Age of Wonderland on 16 February 2017, the two-day event featured discussions on how...

Supported by Hivos East Africa in partnership with Twaweza Communications, the umbrella Creative Economy Working Group (CEWG) convened a 2 day peer-to-peer learning forum in December 2016 on the state of the creative industry in Nairobi. Drawing more than 50 creative industry practitioners and...

Address by Edwin Huizing at the City Maker session organised by Hivos during the SIX Wayfinder conference on social innovation in...

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...

A new policy brief released today by Hivos East Africa and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) reveals that the rise of internet and mobile technologies has created yet another arena for continued violence against women in Kenya. The policy paper urges government and the ICT sector to work...

The Creatives Garage hub was birthed by a quest to engage in cultural activism and enable creatives to venture into social innovation. To date, it has partnered with 7,000 creatives who are guided to turn their craft into a source of livelihood.

In 2014, Creatives Garage’s Roy Ombati was...

In partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Women on the Frontline programme is honoured to have organised the ‘Women on the Frontline: THEIR STORIES' film screening, the second in a series of screenings around the world. Three films depicting the experiences...

At the invitation of Age of Wonderland six artists, designers and other creatives (from Africa, Asia and Latin America) will have a close look at the relationship between big and open data, technology, economy and social innovations. In cooperation with Dutch professionals, they are researching...

Since 2015, Hivos Southern Africa has been supporting Her Zimbabwe to augment its capacity to create and share content on gender and rights issues in alternative and engaging formats. Creating more media spaces to access information and share opinions through high-quality, independent journalism...

In June, Hivos Southern Africa in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malawi launched the Cultural Fund of Malawi (CFM) aimed at contributing to a dynamic, free and diverse cultural sector for improved living standards, economic growth and poverty reduction in Malawi.

The CFM...

Kenya, along with the other Eastern African countries has been encouraged to prioritise the creative economy and creative industries in their national development strategies. The creative sector has the potential to create jobs and trade opportunities as well as spur innovation for the bulging...

Hivos Southern Africa has partnered with the Embassy of Norway to launch the Cultural Fund of Malawi aimed at stimulating the arts and culture sector in Malawi. The launch of the Euro 481,313 cultural fund, which has already attracted many actors in Malawi's cultural sector, marks the beginning...

In September 2014, Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) and Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) embarked on a project funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE) and Hivos Southern Africa titled “Building a Sustainable Human Rights Culture in Zimbabwe”.  It aims to promote interaction between duty...

East Africa’s creative industries can massively contribute to their economies and promote freedom of expression if given ‘a little push in the right direction’ according to Hivos East Africa’s new report on the East African creative economy.

The report The Status of East Africa’s...

Each year, World Press Freedom Day is marked around the world to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to defend media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while carrying out their duties.

To mark this year’s...

By Moses Otsieno

According to UNESCO and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 24 journalists have been killed so far this year across the world. In East Africa, the press freedom index on safety and security of journalists has declined significantly over the last 12 months compared...

Mazen Darwish (right) and Hivos director Edwin Huizing (left)

Edited and translated version of original interview in Dutch by PZC

Just over a year ago, our long-standing partner Mazen Darwish, director of the...

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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Hivos Southern Africa in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) recently launched a booklet titled "Spotlight on the Culture Frame: Stories from the Ground," a...

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...

Internet shutdown poster

On February 18, 2016, when Ugandans went to the polls in presidential and parliamentary elections, they discovered their access to social media and mobile payment services had been cut off only hours after voting began. While preliminary reports from observers indicate voting was conducted...

As many as 106 films will have their world premiere at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival (27 January to 7 February), with more than 260 filmmakers from 50 countries attending. This year, Hivos is proud to once again be the...

On this International Human Rights Day, we take the opportunity to remember the brave Libyan activist Salwa Bugaighis, who believed deeply in human rights, women´s rights and equality for all, and who paid the ultimate price for her convictions. Salwa was one of the founders of the...

IRA-Mauritania (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement Mauritania), an organisation dedicated to abolish slavery in Mauritania, will receive the Human Rights Tulip Award on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015. The prize of 100,000 euros, awarded by the Dutch...

To celebrate the upcoming Human Rights Day, Hivos is organising a “HagueTalk” on December 9 together with Justice and Peace at the Nutshuis on Riviervismarkt 5 in The Hague, starting at 19:30. The set-up of the event is similar to the well-known...

‘The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might, a 25-minute film produced by BabibutaFilm and Hivos Southeast Asia, has won a prestigious award at the Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) 2015 for best short film. It was directed by talented young director Lucky Kuswandi, who has received nominations at the Hong...

Hivos is appalled at the events in Paris that claimed many lives of innocent civilians. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were carried out mostly by French citizens. Almost immediately after this horrific violence was wreaked particularly on places of entertainment, calls for...

Historic is the only word to describe the Cultura en Movimiento (Cultures in Motion) congress, the first meeting of the actors who give life to the arts and culture in Bolivia. More than 300 people, including artists, cultural agents, academics, activists and authorities in the area...

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...

A new study by Hivos reveals that spaces for cultural and artistic expression increase citizens' critical consciousness by providing platforms for freedom of expression and debate. The study examines the Book Cafe, Harare's now defunct premier arts and culture hub and hangout space. Established...

Worried by the streams of refugees, Alliance 2015 calls upon European governments to address root causes. 

Alliance2015 members, amongst which Hivos, work in many of those countries worst hit by the current refugee crisis, including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Based on our...

Age of Wonderland is a programme based on mutual knowledge exchanges between creative practitioners within Hivos’ global network and the creative high-tech community in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The 2015 edition (from 17 to 25 October 2015) will be addressing the intertwined...

The Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe (MISA Zimbabwe) recently convened Zimbabwe's first civil society-led forum on internet governance to enable discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. 

The forum attended by approximately 200 participants aimed at ...

Where: Cogite Coworking Space, Tunis, Tunisia
When: October 8 to 11, 2015
Hosted by: Hivos Mideast Creatives

Across the Mediterranean region, a diverse collection of young men and women are seizing the opportunity to spread a...

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...

Public voting for the 2015 Human Rights Tulip has begun. Voting ends on Wednesday, 16 September at 23:59 (CEST). Anyone wishing to vote can go to www.humanrightstulip.nl and choose which of the 30 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most. The...

As the ongoing violence and destruction leaves its traces throughout the country, many Syrian citizens continue to strive for peace, safety and justice. One of the many impressive initiatives undertaken by the Syrian people comes from Zabadani, a strategically located city near the Lebanese...

A walkway through the Harare Gardens in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, was recently converted into a temporary photo gallery that attracted ordinary people going about their daily business. The posters on display depicted various human rights issues that touch on the lives of many Zimbabweans....

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...

Inside the 236 square metre open space on the first floor of a three-storey building in Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city, approximately 15 young people are hunkered down behind computers with fingers tapping frantically at keyboards.

Of the fifteen people in the open floor plan space, only...

Hivos, together with human rights activists from across North Africa, the Arab region and the world, attended events in Cairo and the Netherlands on 25 June to remember the life of Salwa Bugaighis, on the anniversary of her murder in Benghazi.

Salwa Bugaighis was a human rights lawyer who...

Nominations for the Human Rights Tulip 2015 are now open.

The Human Rights Tulip is an award given by the Dutch government. Every year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways. Hivos...

The Innovation Station (TIS) is a global platform presenting the best videos on social and technological innovation. Its content comes from innovators, their supporters and partners – and from you.

Innovation is the theme – both ...

The Joint Hub Fund, which supports tech hubs across Africa, recently received a boost when Indigo Trust and Hivos injected 100 000 British pounds and 100 000 euros respectively towards supporting the fund.

The Fund brings together the DOEN Foundation, Hivos and Indigo Trust in an...

“Freedom of words” is the slogan for the third edition of “Centroamérica cuenta”, a meeting of storytellers that started on May 18th in Nicaragua. This one week-long event, supported by Hivos, will gather together writers from Mexico...

On the evening of 2 May 2015, prominent Iraqi human rights activist Ammar Al Shahbander was killed during a terrorist attack in a lively commercial district in Baghdad. A car bomb exploded in the street targeting innocent people, our partner amongst them.

Hivos is overwhelmed with grief...

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...

Hivos, in partnership with the British Council, is proud to announce Zoomaal’s launch of the ‘Made-by-Many’ Challenge to support creative and cultural events and festivals that have a social or economic impact with an innovative twist.

Events and festivals from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria,...

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...

Harare, Zimbabwe – Access to information in rural Zimbabwe is very limited. As a result, citizens lack the information and knowledge they need to participate in public life and improve their lives and livelihoods.

But the Community Radio of Harare (CORAH) is making a difference with...

Since September 2014, the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE) in partnership with Hivos has been supporting Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) and Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) to build a sustainable human rights culture in Zimbabwe. Both ZIMCET and HZT have been fostering peace in Zimbabwe though...

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...

The city of Cochabamba, in Bolivia, will host the II Encuentro Latinoamericano de Mujeres (Latin American Women’s Meeting.), ‘ELLA 2015’. This event first took place in 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was attended by...

Harare, Zimbabwe - Hivos Regional Office for Southern Africa (Hivos ROSA) is partnering with Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) and ZiFMStereo, a radio station, to open dialogues on critical issues in Zimbabwe in order to find shared sources of meaning.

"The conversations have provided an...

In Zimbabwe, as in many countries across the world, the digital revolution is transforming the field of journalism, presenting new and unprecedented challenges.

The Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), a professional media self-...

Kariba, Zimbabwe - A pioneering project in Kariba, a small town located approximately 365 kilometres northwest of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, is  seeking to enhance young peoples’ innovative and creative potential through expanding access to diverse sources of information.

Young people,...

More than 50 organizations from 15 Latin American countries give life to Facción, an independent communication network supported by Hivos. Facción reports on events that mainstream media mostly do not cover. The government repression of...

More than 50 organizations from 15 Latin American countries give life to Facción, an independent communication network supported by Hivos. Facción reports on events that mainstream media mostly do not cover. The government repression of...

The campaign against child labour in Zimbabwe has received a boost from capacity building and training aimed at strengthening the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe (CACLAZ) so it can take the lead in promoting the "area-based child...

Do you want your book to be published? Do you have a disruptive idea for a publishing start-up? Maybe it is a book idea that you believe readers all over the Middle East are waiting for? Or maybe it is a new app that allows for dynamic reading of Arabic eBooks? It could even be a web platform to...

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

Detained Arbitrarily, and Tortured

On the third anniversary of their arrest, Hivos joins 70 other human rights groups in urging the Syrian government to ...

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...

Update: On Friday 30 January 2015, the three winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards were announced: La obra del siglo by Carlos M. Quintela;...

The Urban Space Speke Avenue project.

Around the world cities are looking for ways of bringing new life to run-down parts of commercial districts. That is the ethos behind the Urban Space project, which is giving a new spurt of hope – and colour - to downtown Harare.

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PRESS RELEASE

Today Hivos launched a new fund for freedom of expression in the Middle East. Freedom of expression and the freedom to criticise or ridicule have been the core values of Hivos ever since its foundation. These values were attacked...

Not too long ago, Hivos' Mideast Creatives programme posted about the collaborative spaces challenge we worked on through our partner Zoomaal, the...

This year’s recipient of the Human Right Tulip is Mideast Youth, a Hivos partner since its very beginning in 2006.

The Human Rights Tulip is an annual prize awarded by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs to courageous and innovative human rights defenders. Foreign minister Bert Koenders...

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....

Art and civic activism merge in "Desatando” (untying), the 2015 calendar produced by Hivos' regional office in South America. It is a collection of  illustrations created in a process that brought together five artists and nine representatives of Bolivian civil...

Maria Mutandwa of the ILO Country Office in Zimbabwe makes a presentation on the state of child labour during a partners meeting.

December 10 is recognised internationally as Human Rights Day. As part of its commemoration of this day for 2014, Hivos in Southern Africa wants to raise awareness on child labour and the efforts being carried out to eradicate the practice locally, regionally and internationally.

In...

From 1 to 12 December 2014, Lima will host the Twentieth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20). Peru will receive about 15,000 attendees representing 195 countries and stakeholders from international organisations, civil society, private...

Hivos is proud to announce that the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders (IM-Defensoras) has received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies...

To encourage filmmakers, the Audiovisual Promotion Fund for Central America and Cuba, CINERGIA, held its annual ‘Encuentros Cinergia’, a space for directors and producers to present their film projects to a jury through pitching sessions and...

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...

The Kampala Contemporary Art 014 Festival is taking place from 4 to 31 October. The festival is organised by Hivos’ Arts Collaboratory (AC) partner 32º East Ugandan Arts Trust, a centre for creating and exploring contemporary Ugandan art.

Throughout the month of October, the festival is...

From 10 to 17 October, delegates from all over the world gathered in Segou, Mali, for the kick-off meeting of the Stop Child Labour coalition’s new programme: "Out of work and into school - joint efforts towards child labour free zones".

With this new programme, the coalition aims to...

Disrupt/Media Tunis as it happened

The Disrupt!/Media! ideathon co-organised by Hivos and the Tunisian coworking space Cogite from 17 to 18 October was an intense - but fun - experience for the 35 participants and everyone involved. This was the second event of the Disrupt...

In Tunis from 10-12 October 2014, the Hivos Women on the Frontline programme brought together female and male activists of all walks of life from seven countries of the MENA region to take stock of political participation of women in the region and strategize. They are all committed to respond...

The Tunisian coworking space Cogite and Hivos will co-organise the “Disrupt!/Media!” ideathon in Tunis from October 17 to 19. This second Disrupt event will focus on Digital Storytelling initiatives.

As part of the Mideast Creatives programme, Hivos and its partners are setting up the...

Paul Brickhill pictured on July 23, 2014, the last day he was at the Book Cafe

October 3, 2014 will always be remembered by the arts-loving community in Zimbabwe and abroad as the day on which the iconic arts entrepreneur, Paul Brickhill, passed on. He died of a complicated thyroid cancer, at age 56.

Paul’s contribution to the cause for freedom spans across many...

UPDATE: For the third time in a row, the Terrorism Court in Damascus delayed the verdict in the case of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of expression, which was scheduled for ...

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...

Lea esta nota en español.

During its second year, the Actors for Change program (funded by SIDA and implemented by Hivos) held three unique regional forums throughout Central America to...

"We are inspired by dignified rage at the things we don’t agree with .... the conviction to change reality." - Andrea Ixchíu, indigenous Guatemalan leader.

Hivos has launched Digna Rabia (Dignified Rage), a book that looks at the social struggles being undertaken by...

Hivos is horrified by the gruesome murder of David Haines by Islamic State militants. Haines was working for the French aid organisation ACTED and was kidnapped in March 2013 in Syria, shortly into his assignment. Our thoughts go out to the families and colleagues of Haines. Hivos and ACTED...

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,...

On 18 August 2014, long-standing Hivos friend and partner Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah began a hunger strike in prison to protest his detention by state authorities for the third time since the start of the Egyptian revolution in January 2011.

In late 2011, Alaa was charged by a...

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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The Must See Film Challenge was launched by Zoomaal at the beginning of June. Now, the challenge is seeking funding online for some 36 movies, ranging from Lebanese films to Moroccan documentaries.

Each of the filmmakers comes from the Arab region and wants to shed light on a...

Zak Mbhele

In May this year, a former Hivos employee, South African politician and activist, Zak Mbhele made history by becoming Africa’s first black openly gay Member of Parliament.

Mbhele first came into contact with Hivos in 2007 as a student at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in...

Hivos and Al-Amal are conducting training-the-trainer workshops on human rights and training skills in Erbil this week. The 22 trainees have braved all odds to attend.

Erbil is in the news these days because of the dramatic military and...

Photo: Hivos

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,...

From 4 to 8  August, Khairani Barokka (Okka) will perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee.  Hivos is pleased to be her main sponsor.

Okka is a talented young Indonesian female artist and arts and disability researcher. As a fulltime,...

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...

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 ...

On 7 July, the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues narrative contest started being announced, including the winners of the Grand Prize, second and third places. One winner will be announced each day on the...

Hivos expresses our utmost consternation and grief at the brutal assassination of Libyan human rights activist Salwa Saad Bugaighis. Salwa was shot and stabbed in her home in Benghazi on 25 June just after casting her vote in the Libyan general election in Libya. She had been receiving threats...

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...

In the Middle East, women who want to play football are often met with either disapproval or prohibition, but not the girls in Halabja, Iraq. In this Kurdish town marked by Saddam Hussein's notorious 1988 poison gas attack and a long period of domination by conservative Islam, it is football...

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...

Cultural invasion

Hivos joins freeDimensional and Colectivo Hormiga in announcing the launch of the Central American Regional Forum on Arts, Culture and Human...

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 ‘Human Rights Tattoo' project aims to turn 6,773 people into lifelong human rights ambassadors by tattooing a letter from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on a square centimetre of participants’ bodies. Recently...

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...

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...

Hivos firmly believes that free exchange of information, space for expression, and opportunities for active citizen participation are crucial for the development of a democratic society.

Every year on May 3rd, Hivos celebrates the principles of press freedom, stands by its...

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...

Freshly Ground

On May 5, 2014, the South African band Freshly Ground was barred from performing at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).

Freshly Ground is one of South Africa’s most internationally renowned bands and have taken their brand of energetic Afro-fusion music all over the...

A volunteet sits down for his Human Rights Tattoo in Zimbabwe

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  Those are the first 139 characters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In total the declaration consists of 6773...

The Women Pioneers Challenge was posted on the Hivos-supported Zoomaal crowdfunding platform as a follow-up of the 2013 challenge. After the 15 April deadline for submitting projects, a careful selection of the 25 projects submitted went live on 23 April. As of the moment of publication of this...

Uganda Journalism Awards

It was a first for journalism in Uganda as the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) hosted the inaugural Uganda National Journalism Awards.

The awards are to recognise and promote excellence in reporting and are intended to inspire a culture of quality and effective journalism....

A presentation at Bongo Hive

Bongo Hive, a Technology Hub and Hivos partner in Zambia that began as a series of informal meetings by a group of technology enthusiasts, is starting to bear some sweet results.

The hub, which was formally launched in May 2011, has created a space for open innovation to take place by...

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 18 April, Hivos, together with public broadcasting foundation Human and the popular Filosophie Magazine, will invite the top of the world’s...

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...

Nile Project group members

The Nile Project was founded in August 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile River basin’s cultural and environmental challenges using an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform...

Taking advantage of International Women’s Day on March 8, the JASS-inspired network, Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda Indonesia (FAMM) or Indonesian Young...

When the wave of revolutions known as the Arab Spring reaches Syria, Bassel is a successful Internet entrepreneur. He works for international companies, makes lots of money, and parties deep into the night with friends from the Syrian art and film worlds.
 
But when a BBC...

If you are under 25, live somewhere around the world and have something to say about HIV/AIDS,  sexuality, violence against girls or women, or drugs, alcohol and sex, we encourage you  to participate in the Global Dialogues 2014 contest, supported by Hivos.

“It’s because I have something...

“Have you ever gone to the cinema?”

“Of course,” she answered before she started laughing with the kids around her, which seemed to belie her answer.

“Have you been recently?”

“My last time was ten years ago,” she laughed. I like animated movies. I love that movie… how is it...

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...

One of the thirteen pictures that make up “The one I am”, the 2014 calendar produced by Hivos’ regional office in South America, was censored by Facebook in late January. The calendar presents...

One of the stands at the Media Diversity Fair.

A five-week long media diversity campaign organised by HIVOS, in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Royal Danish Embassy, has shed light on the current media landscape in Zimbabwe and raised some important questions about the sector as the government makes new assurances that...

The documentary Return to Homs, produced by Hivos partner...

Hivos Partner the Guatemalan Human Rights Defenders Protection Unit, UDEFEGUA, won the 2013 Alice Zachmann Award given by the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (GHRC).

The...

Worldwide internet rights are under siege. Therefore Hivos, as member of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition, announces the launch of the Click Rights campaign advocating the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet.

The Charter is based...

Mazen Darwish
Updated 27, January 2014
 
Mazen Darwish and two of his colleagues of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Hussein Ghreir and Hani Zaitani, are scheduled to stand trial at the Counter Terrorism Criminal Court in Damascus...

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...

The Czech humanitarian organisation People In Need (PIN) reported that three of its employees were killed in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria on 7 January. Hivos works with PIN within Alliance2015.

In total, five PIN employees were hit by random mortar fired during the indiscriminate...

Hivos is appalled at the Ugandan parliament’s abrupt decision to rush through anti-homosexuality legislation Friday morning and calls on President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the Bill.

In a country where anyone found guilty of "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" already faced...

“The one I am” is the name of the 2014 calendar produced by Hivos’ regional office in South America. It is a collection of 12 images of Bolivian women. Women, who, through the lens of photographer Wara Vargas, have transformed their corporeality to reclaim the female body as the subject of their...

The second court for drug-related and environmental crimes in Guatemala has sentenced Juan José Reyes Carrera (subcontractor) and retired Lieutenant Paul Silas Orozco (operation manager) of Exmingua-Kappes Kassiday & Associates (KCA)- to two years in prison for violence and duress against...

On 11 December 2013, HRH Prince Constantijn will present Prince Claus Awards to Hivos partners Teater Garasi, a performing arts lab in Indonesia, and Oscar Muñoz, co-founder and artistic director of the Lugar a Dudas arts centre in Cali, Colombia.

The Prince Claus Awards...

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...

Sondeka Arts Festival

Creative minds in the Kenyan capital Nairobi descended on one of the city’s shopping malls as part of a new Hivos-supported initiative that aims to innovate, create and entertain.

The Sondeka Arts Festival is the brainchild of the Creatives Garage, which is a trust that enables creative...

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...

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 and the natural environment....

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...

The Hivos campaign ‘Stop Child Labour’ has brought out a new report, Working on the Right Shoes, that gives an overview of the progress made in addressing child labour and other labour rights in the leather footwear sector. It focuses on recent developments in the sector and the action...

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...

Chilldren at a CACLAZ incubation centre in Zimbabwe's Lowveld region.

The Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe (CACLAZ), a Hivos partner since 2009, has just passed the milestone of sending back to class over 550 children who had dropped out of school.

These are children, based in the country’s Lowveld region, who were spending their days working at...

Rose Wangui a KMP beneficiary

Roseline Wangui and her camerawoman Wambui Kurema were winners of the Television Features Award at the recently concluded CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards. The judges described Kurema’s camera work as superb, with interesting characters and...

Who doesn’t like to play games?

It is supposed to be an essential part of every person’s life. But when you live in in the midst of earthquakes, violence, corruption and poverty there is very little room for play. In Central America, there is a lack of public spaces for recreational...

Over 1.000 delegates from over 60 countries will come together in London from 31 October to 1 November 2013 for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit. Hivos South America' partners Telartes (Bolivia),...
A group of young artists pictured in Harare, Zimbabwe

A new Arts Mobility Fund in Zimbabwe, set up as a partnership between the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and Hivos, has started creating new possibilities for artists around the country, giving them access to markets and spaces that...

Delegates at the Child Marriages Symposium

A recent symposium in Malawi, supported by Hivos, brought together key stakeholders to look at how to end the child marriages in the Southern African country.

50% of girls in Malawi are married off before they reach 18 years old according to a report by the country’s Ministry of Gender,...

A historical first national meeting of key actors from the artistic and cultural sectors took place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from 3 to 5 October 2013. The  ‘Encuentro Nacional de Culturas en Red’ was organized by...

Young fruit vendors in Ometepe Nicaragua

On 5 October, the 'Declaración de Managua Hacia Zonas Libres de Trabajo Infantil’ was approved unanimously at the Regional Conference on Child Labour Free Zones in Managua, Nicaragua that was organised by the Hivos Stop Child Labour campaign in close cooperation with the National Twinning...

Loiyangalani Stars performance

Under the cover of starlight and skyscrapers, a group of musicians more attuned to the harsh nomadic lifestyle of northern Kenya sang, danced and shared songs that celebrated their Turkana culture. And for one evening they were celebrated as stars as they launched their debut CD.

Ewaala...

Uganda musician at 2013 Bayimba Festival

The Ugandan capital of Kampala, was a spectacle of music, dance, theatre, fashion, film and arts as the sixth edition of the Bayimba International Festival  took place between 20 and 22 September.

This year’s festival featured three hundred artists and 60 performances, lasting in total...

Do you have a creative idea? Are you in need of funding? Join our competition to win $10,000.

Zoomaal and Hivos are partnering to set up the ‘Hivos Creativity Competition’ in order to encourage Arab creativity and innovation. This competition aims to promote originality and...

Three days of international social innovation from 10 to12 October 2013 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Open Society
The world around us is changing, and so is Hivos. Change cannot be controlled, and times of transition can be challenging. Hivos...

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

...
Examples of body painting
In Bolivia, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people are discriminated against across the board. The LGBT movement has been active for several decades to defend their rights and make Bolivian society and politicians aware of the marginalization that LGBT people face. Despite the...
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New Mike Edwards paper: Beauty and the Beast- Can Money Foster Social Transformation?

This summer, the Hivos Knowledge Programme published a new paper by Michael  Edwards entitled Beauty and the Beast - Can Money Foster Social Transformation? Here, Edwards finds himself...

Kenya participants to the Global Dialogues story-creation contest.

Kenyan youth activists working on HIV/Aids, LGBTI, reproductive health and youth matters convened in Nairobi for the first forum under the auspices of the Global Dialogues ‘Connecting Voices of Youth’ programme.

The July 25 meeting brought together 180 participants from more than 40 Civil...

Supporters at a political campaign rally in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP) has launched a project to document the sights and scenes of the 2013 Zimbabwean elections and how the process will affect the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.

ZAFP is a Hivos partner under the Human Rights Fund, which is supported by...

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...

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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...

Zoomaal website screen shot

Hivos proudly announces the launch of the crowd funding platform Zoomaal today in Beirut, Lebanon. It is the perfect place for event organisers, creative people, scientists, engineers, web and mobile developers, product designers, photographers, video...

The XYZ show

With a projected monthly audience of 8 million people, The XYZ Show is one of Kenya’s most popular TV programmes. Such strength in numbers displays the impact of the new partnership between...

Freedom online poster

During the 3rd Freedom Online Conference, Joint Action for Free Expression on the Internet, convened in Tunisia on 17-18 June 2013, Hivos in cooperation with DiploFoundation (Diplo) and Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) organised a high level training on Internet Governance. The session...

Rainbow flag gay pride

Hivos partner Uhai EASHRI played host to activists from the sex worker and LGBTI movements in the East Africa region during the fourth ‘Changing Faces Changing Spaces’ (CFCS) regional conference. The three-day meeting held in the beautiful Rift Valley area of Kenya brought together over 200...

Cinergia flyer

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hivos partner Cinergia (the Audiovisual Promotion Fund for Central America and Cuba). From June 18 to 21, various events have been organized throughout San José, Costa Rica to celebrate the occasion. The landmark theater ‘Cine Magaly’ is the hub...

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 “...

Mazen Darwish

The Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish, president and founder of Hivos’ partner the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), has won the 2013 Bruno Kreisky Prize for Services to Human Rights.

The Bruno Kreisky Award is a biennial award created in...

Winter promotional folder

The exhibit ‘Winter’ brings a combination of poetry and politics to the Central Asian Pavilion, while the project ‘Pirate Cinema’ is showing independent films by Hivos partners at an installation in the Maldives Pavilion.

Winter in Central Asia
This is the fourth...

Khalil Matouq

Syrian lawyer and human rights defender Khalil Matouq, who has defended hundreds of political prisoners, journalists and prisoners of conscience, was detained on 2 October 2012. Shortly before his disappearance, Khalil Matouq had been acting as one of the defence lawyers of the staff and...

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...

Trevor Manuel with Supa Mandiwanzira at one of the AMH Conversations

When he was Finance Minister in South Africa (1996-2009), Trevor Manuel was one of the most respected politicians in Africa and, still is. So when Hivos partnered with Zimbabwe’s Alpha Media Holdings to have him talk to business leaders in their discussion series ‘AMH Conversations’, there was a...

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...

Teachers and community members in a CFLZ Uganda

Hivos’ Stop Child Labour campaign played host to child activists from 24 countries at the annual Stop Child Labour conference held from 16-19 April 2013 in Kampala, Uganda.

Under the theme, ‘Out of Work - Into School, Working Towards Child Labour Free Zones’, delegates shared...

BOBs jury

Tactical Tech Collective and Mideast Youth are both winners in the Best of Blogs Award (BOBS) 2013 -  a prestigious competition started and sponsored by the international...

One of the preparatory meetings of the congress, in El Alto (Bolivia)

There are more than 120,000 experiences and organizations from the civil society working in the production and distribution of cultural goods in Latin America. These initiatives annually  mobilize around 200 million people but they don’t have an adequate recognition from their governments and...

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...

Youth Newsroom

The Central America Hivos regional office is taking 10 future journalists from the region to attend the World Press Freedom Day conference in San José from 2 to 4 May. The journalism students will join the Youth Newsroom, a youth-led team from different countries working together to produce...

Ethipian Reeyot Alemu wins 2013 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu, is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The 31-year-old journalist is currently serving a five-year sentence in Kality prision, notorious for its brutal and filthy conditions. Ms Alemu was recommended by an...

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Over 400 participants, including nearly 100 speakers from every region of the world, will gather in San José, Costa Rica from 2 to 4 May to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

May 3rd is an occasion when the world celebrates freedom of...

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...

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...

Homophobia in South America is manifested on a daily basis through various forms of exclusion, invisibility and rejection of sexual orientation and gender identity. On April 4, the city of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia, was the scene of an irrational act against sexual and gender diversity....

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...

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...

Courtesty of None on Record

With Uganda grabbing the headlines for its strong anti-homosexual stance, the establishment of a regional presence of None on Record (NOR), could not come at a more interesting time.

None on Record is a digital media project that collects the stories...

JFI report cover

Justice for Iran (JFI),  a London-based human rights organisation, and Hivos partner since 2010, is calling on international bodies - specifically the European Union, the U.S. government, and all countries committed to the promotion of human rights - to use political and diplomatic means to...

Women in demonstration

Hivos works with frontrunners of change and social justice to further women’s rights and advocate for new laws protecting women against discrimination and sexual and domestic violence. Today, many of these partners are celebrating International Women’s Day with marches, events, debates and...

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...

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...

A public theatre showing at The Nest

Kenya’s creative fraternity has a new home to express itself. The Nest  centre, which is situated in the capital, Nairobi, opened its doors to the public in late November 2012.

The thinking behind The Nest is as creative as the trio who...

Hivos Tiger Awards winners

The Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) and Hivos congratulate filmmakers Mira Fornay, Daniel Hoesl and Mohammad Shirvani on their Hivos Tiger Awards.

The winners of the eighteenth Hivos Tiger Awards Competition were presented at the award ceremony on 1 February, 2013 together...

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...

Tiger Awards banners

The IFFR has found a new main sponsor: Hivos. The new partnership between Hivos and the Rotterdam International Film Festival includes continuing support for the Hubert Bals Fund by Hivos and lends the organisation’s name to the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

Loe Schout, Head of the...

'Wanna know a secret' - festival poster

From January 17 to 20, the 18th edition of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival will bring together writers, thinkers and musicians from around the world to the Theater aan het Spui and the Filmhuis in The Hague under the slogan "...

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...

Rami Jarrah in his office

Each year, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression bestows two International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of the courage of journalists who work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.

On December 5, 2012 at the 2012 CJFE Gala: A Night to...

Sami Ben Gharbia in The Hague

Sami Ben Gharbia, founding director of Global Voices Advocacy, has been awarded the Prince Claus Laureates 2012 award. He is also the co-founder of the popular web portal Nawaat.org that played an important role in the Tunisian revolution. 

Global Voices is an international community of...

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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 The BBC has acknowledged Hivos's Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia as a source of literature on Syrian society and politics and Hivos's support to Syrian activists.

In a text box dedicated to Hivos work in Syria, BBC highlights "The work of Hivos in Syria, Iran and Iraq is...

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...

Hivos is concerned about the verdict against Bahraini human rights  defender Nabeel Rajab. On 16 August 2012, Rajab was sentenced to a total  of three years of imprisonment for three cases, including the calling  for and participation in peaceful gatherings which the Bahraini  government...

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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