Hivos International

Gender mainstreaming

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees are part of a sizeable and dynamic workforce with unique professional insight and qualities. Workplaces around the world are becoming aware about LGBT issues, an increasing number of global organisations are creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture as top priority, many of them have globally inclusive policies that include LGBT. 

However, in local contexts where homosexuality is a social taboo and same-sex conduct is criminalized, it becomes a challenge to implement inclusive global diversity policies. 

Reflections on gender, knowledge and change

When social change movements of all kinds are under attack, progressives need to build coalitions and to talk to one another as never before. Feminist models and methodologies can enrich every social change movement. A good question is worth its weight in answers. Good questions provide a framework to explore issues. Good questions determine answers.

The magazine Farming Matters published an article on Ms. Shakuntalabai, an Indian widow that is showing her local environment how it's done. For years, she has been involved in organic farming and biodiversity conservation. She signals hope and opportunity in a country where small-scale farmers, most of whom farm less than 2 hectares of land, play a central role in feeding the country’s population of more than one billion people. Today, in India many men migrate away from the countryside. As a result, women are becoming increasingly involved in farming. They are also often guardians of local knowledge, which increases the importance of their role.

With the global population expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050, there has been growing attention at the highest policy circles to the contribution of small-scale agriculture to food security and poverty eradication. However, the creation of an enabling framework towards this end has been hampered by contradictory approaches and policy ''pendulum swings" alternately on 'rights-based' and 'market-based' support strategies. This issue of aims to refocus attention on the critical but largely neglected issue of producer  agency: that is, the capacity of producers to make informed choices, and to act on those choices.

The paper starts with a brief introduction on the general context in which Ugandan universities are currently anchored as institutes for Higher Education in Africa and in Uganda in particular. Then the paper presents its main research findings and concludes that a number of cross-cutting realities have emerged. These realities and challenges, are thematically reviewed and highlight issues of ethnicity and language, religious affiliation, gender and economic status. The paper is full of quotes from those who were interviewed.

Movements Rethink Journey 2013

Exploring innovation for social and gender justice activism

September this year, Hivos organizes the Movements Rethink Journey. It brings together 24 activists from more than 10 different countries such as India, Malaysia, Iran, Lebanon, Kenya, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, the USA, Great Britain and the Netherlands. In the midst of the village Pingjum in Netherlands’ rural north they will create their think-space, debate and critique their various activisms, strategies and pathways of change, in order to chart out paths for innovation of their activisms.

On track with gender

A 3-year process on gender mainstreaming that aims to improve policy and practice towards gender equality. Includes one thematic workshop based on five electronically discussed position papers; field exchange with leading gender research institutes and NGO partners in the South; and gender mainstreaming institutional assessment, making use of gender programming and policy laboratory tools.

In recent years there has been an increased interest in applying Theory of Change (ToC) thinking as a way to operate more strategically and effectively in complex change processes. ToC refers to the understanding that an organisation, project, network or group of stakeholders has about how political, social, economic and/or cultural change happens. A ToC analysis in particular explores and specifies how and why this organisation, project or group of stakeholders thinks that their actions will contribute to such a change process.