Hivos International

Civil Society

How can we achieve an effective and sustainable HIV response? What are our respective roles and how can we enhance the current coordination? How can we ensure we are transparent in terms of implementation and how much has been invested? This compilation highlights several innovative approaches and cites examples of effective collaborations between governments and civil society organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Old Wine, New Bottles? How the NeXt generation prepares for a take over

“Old Wine should become better as it ages”,

“Is New Wine good when it comes in plastic bottles?”

“I’m Old Wine, so what I am going to say might be a bit acid”

The proverb ‘Old wine in new bottles’ was tweaked and reformulated frequently on 24 March, when theInstitute of Social Studies held the third and last debate in its Target 2020 series. Following the 2010 ISS debate series on the WRR report on development cooperation, this series discussed the way forward towards the year 2020, by looking to development cooperation from three different angles: new economic powers, new (philanthropic) financial resources, and the new generation.

Food for Thought // Knowledge Lunchbox #1

This box will provide you find Food for Thought via links we have gathered for you in our first "Knowledge Lunchbox". The aim of the Lunchbox is to quickly inform you about the latest online discussions and publications related to the fields of civil society, theories of change and development effectiveness. Topics range from people to politics, and from power to.. poop. It is up to you what you would like to digest, dislike, or discuss. More to follow in the next Knowledge Lunchbox.

The Singer not the Song

Trench warfare probably best describes the quality of conversation in the results-measurement debate on development. On the one side of the trench line, we find the advocates of ‘hard’ quantative data as the final judge of efficiency, impact and effectiveness. Riding the waves of the neoliberal project, they argue that the social sectors need to get their act together and deliver ‘value for money’ or else. On the other side, we find those who persistently argue that the social realm demands a more qualitative reflective approach to monitoring and evaluation. Referring to systems-  and complexity theory, they suggest that methods such as randomized control trails and social return on investment are a waste of time. In this paper titled ‘The Singer, not the Song: The Vexed Questions of Impact Monitoring and Social Change’, Sue Davidoff and Allan Kaplan offer a refreshing account that starts bridging this gap.

This paper critically analyses the emergence and development of the Yasuní-ITT initiative, which is built on the idea of leaving oil underground in exchange for financial contributions from the international community. Development politics in Ecuador has experienced major changes since the election of Correa in 2007.

In this paper, we focus on participation in the main planning documents produced in Bolivia in the first decade of the 2000s: the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and the National Development Plan (PND). We analyze how these planning instruments have been able to capture popular participation through diverse mechanisms and how these practices fit in the current mainstream participation discourse. For more knowledge programme publications on participation in development click here. In this paper, special attention is paid to natural resources because of the predominant role they have in the Bolivian economy and because of their substantial contribution to the state budget.

The LGBT movement in Peru

What are the dynamics of the Peruvian LGBT movement and what has been the influence of national and international actors in its functioning? This is the main question that Marten van den Berge, hosted by the Programme for Democracy and Global Transformation (PDGT) in Lima, will explore in the next 9 months.

Zambia embraced plural politics in 1991. The multi-party democracy has, however, not yet brought stable and mature politics and governance to the country. Almost two decades after its introduction, it is still not clear whose interests Zambian politics really serve. The country’s citizens have largely remained spectators in the development process of their country, with little opportunities to be engaged in the decisions that rule their lives.

This paper explores how social movements construct citizenship and redefine the very notion of the political realm. Social movements have quickly become powerful actors within South Africa’s civil society.

This article contests the role of social actors within a democratic context by looking at post-apartheid social movements in general and the case study of the Treatment Action Campaign in particular. By illustrating the structure, activities, goals and accomplishments of the Treatment Action Campaign up until the end of 2006, this work will argue that it represents an innovation in social movements in South Africa via its unique strategies and networks that have transformed the issue of HIV/AIDS from a health and service delivery problem, to a political and economic struggle that affects all people.