Hivos International


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.

The world is not working well. For more and more people, life is unfair and insecure. In fact, for years now the global future has looked less rather than more politically certain, financially stable and ecologically viable. CDC introduces novel ideas about citizen efforts that can turn this alarming reality around. 

This study investigates social innovation in by defining and applying test criteria. Social innovation can be directed at causes or symptoms. We therefore need some idea of why societies’ problems are ‘thickening’. This insight will help judge social innovation as a solution-response from within the social ecology.

It's the Future Calling

What do you do when the phone rings? You pick up, or let people leave a message on your voicemail and check it soon after. The phone has been ringing for a long time now in the development sector. What do you do when a caller starts conversing? You talk back - if only to say you're going to hang up. We talk a lot in the sector. What do you do when the caller starts shouting? You hang up, even if the other person has a valid reason to shout. In the development sector, we don’t like shouters. We often hang up. What do you do when the phone doesn't ring? You don't exist - at least according to others. In short: you have become irrelevant.

Aiding populations of remote, poor countries is increasingly seen as a neglect of 'our own people'. The arts are perceived as a 'left-wing hobby'; the costly recreation of misguided idealists. And caring for the environment? This is no longer seen as self-evident, but as open for re-interpretation.