Hivos International


Hivos established the Women @ Work (W@W) program with the aim of promoting decent work for women who earn their living in global horticultural production chains. The program enlists the participation of Southern partners spread over Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia), with a consumer advocacy component, housed within Hivos headquarters in The Hague, aimed at promoting “ethical consumerism”, and proactive engagement with Northern governments. Women constitute the majority of horticultural sector workers. Gender dynamics make women more vulnerable to workplace violations.

‘Government is not the enemy’ – Citizen-state partnerships in Ghana

Blog | May 19, 2015 | Nicoline van der Torre

The starting point

It was clear from the beginning of the Accra meeting that the discussions would be frank and open. The Communities of Practice in Ghana bring together actors from government, media, civil society and traditional leadership for constructive talks on how to support more effective, accountable governance – but they start with an open exchange about what the key issues are, and where current systems aren’t working:

Open government or new boys’ club?

Blog | March 8, 2016 | Duncan Edwards

International Women’s Day feels like a good time to reflect on whether we are considering carefully enough who is engaged in shaping of developing visions of open government...

At the OGP Summit in Mexico in October 2015, I chaired a panel which was originally entitled “In search of inclusion: getting a seat at the table”. I changed the title to “Open government or New Boys’ club?” I did this for two reasons:

Learning to Make All Voices Count: Pursuing openness through iterative adaptation

Blog | March 7, 2017 | Michael Moses and Sue Shoal

Recent events are sowing doubts about the longevity of the open government movement. Elected leaders all over the world – from Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Jacob Zuma in South Africa to Donald Trump in the United States – are regularly flouting democratic norms.

How should open government advocates respond? How can they maintain momentum for open governance when elected officials take steps to reduce transparency and accountability?

Inclusiveness is a persistent theme in development thinking and practice. Concerns about who to include – and therefore who to exclude – how and at what level, lie at the heart of initiatives aimed at supporting expression, representation and influence.

This research, carried out by WaterAid, Itad and IRC, explores the factors that facilitate and inhibit the success of ICT-based reporting mechanisms in water supply sustainability.

Access to water supply around the world is increasing, but poor sustainability of water supply services remains a key barrier, particularly in rural areas. In response to this, a growing number of information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives aim to improve the monitoring and functionality of water supply.

A new study from the Carter Center examines women’s right to information in Bangladesh. The research assessed whether women are able to exercise the right to information with the same facility as men and also identified the main obstacles facing women in accessing information, and types of information most critical to women for economic empowerment and the protection of rights.

How do marginalised communities use tech for transparency and accountability (T4T&A) work?

This research report, by the Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech), presents reflections and learnings from two studies of about how marginalised communities – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people in Nairobi, and economically marginalised housing and urban development rights activists in Johannesburg – use technology to demand their rights and hold their governments accountable.

A new generation of strategies for government accountability is needed, one that fully considers entrenched, institutional obstacles to change. Vertical integration of coordinated civil society policy monitoring and advocacy is one such strategy. Engaging each stage and level of public sector actions in an integrated way can locate the causes of accountability failures, show their interconnected nature, and leverage the local, national and transnational power shifts necessary to produce sustainable institutional change.

Decentralisation has provided the opportunity for the participatory model of development planning and budgeting to be applied in Indonesia. Through a participatory planning and budgeting system known as "Musrenbang" (Musyawarah Perencanaan Pembangunan), Indonesia attempts to enable local government to better engage citizens and discuss community aspirations and priorities in a formal forum.