Hivos International

Civil Society

The Kenya media programme (KMP) is a programme of Hivos whose aim is to strengthen the existing media landscape in Kenya. KMP's overall objective is to contribute to a responsible, accountable and transparent governance environment and therefore a more stable Kenya. In its bid to strengthen the media sector, KMP has identified the media as the key driver of accountability and good governance and consequently provide a framework of various interventions aimed at improving the professionalism and effectiveness of the media in Kenya.

The Kenya Media Programme (KMP) envisages a second four-year phase effective April 2015 and hopes to address sector wide efforts and challenges faced by the media. This is part of the reason why it was necessary to undertake a national public survey to establish how effective the media is in improving transparency and accountability in Kenya.

This guiding document provides concrete action-oriented driven information useful to local government bodies, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and trade unions working in different African countries on how to engage with Multinational Companies (MNCs) and their supply chain partners against child labour.

Efforts to reduce and remediate child labour require attention from multiple angles. One key element is the role of the private sector.

This guide focuses on how Community Based Organizations (CBOs), NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and Trade Unions can effectively engage private sector actors in their efforts to eradicate child labour, including by cooperating with them in an area-based approach, working towards Child Labour Free Zones.

Can citizens really engage with government actors in Ghana – and where does tech fit in?

Blog | March 20, 2015 | Monica Nthiga

What are the opportunities and challenges of citizen participation in good governance in Accra, Ghana?

That’s the question asked last month by representatives from civil society organisations, the private sector, technology enthusiasts, media, academia and government institutions who convened at the University of Ghana to explore the role of citizens in influencing policy and governance in Ghana. Programme Officer Monica Nthiga reflects on her experience facilitating some of the discussions and looks at key questions raised.

Is tech-enabled citizen engagement a game changer for development?

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, and Participedia. With about 15,000 people already registered it does seem to have generated a lot of interest.

Accountable governance inside out and outside in

Blog | May 6, 2015 | Rosie McGee

In our eagerness to be constructive, we who work for accountable governance from our comfort zones in the global north sometimes forget what it’s like to live with a deeply unaccountable state. 

Disengaged South African youth? 10,000 members of VIP say otherwise

Blog | July 6, 2015 | Melissa Mbugua

Livity Africa‘s new initiative Voting is Power (VIP) Debate Club is tapping into the energy of South Africa’s youth to support better representation of young people’s voices in national politics.

In this blog, Making All Voices Count’s Melissa Mbugua reflects on their success and promise for the future.

Whoever says youth don’t care about politics should watch the South African space.

OGP Summit ends with backslapping, but the real achievement was providing space for dissenters

Blog | October 30, 2015 | Carol Morgan

Today more than 2500 people from across the world will get on planes and trains back home after coming to Mexico for three days of discussions on open government.

Layers of learning

Blog | October 11, 2016 | Fletcher Tembo

As practitioners and researchers, it is our learning that can help us to achieve the changes that are needed to take us towards more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling and democratic systems. This means reflecting on our assumptions, asking difficult questions and seeking answers from both research and practice.