Hivos International

Knowledge

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change.

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change.

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change.

New laws enacted in 2009 and 2010 opened up possibilities in the Bolivian political system for indigenous peoples to exercise territorial autonomy. More than 20 million hectares of land were subsequently designated as Indigenous Peasant Territories. These areas are extremely rich in biodiversity and natural resources. 

Want to know better how your interventions can contribute to change? A Theory of Change (ToC) approach helps in deepening your understanding - and that of your partners - of how you collectively think change happens and what the effect will be of your intervention. Not only does it show what political, social, economic, and/or cultural factors are in play, it also clarifies your assumptions. Once a ToC has been developed, it can be used to continually reflect on it in ways that allow for adaptation and checking of assumptions of your intervention.

The purpose of this paper is to explain Hivos’ understanding and use of the concept ‘Theory of Change’, which has become increasingly important in its strategic thinking.

The paper is meant to inform external stakeholders, such as organisations Hivos collaborates with, funders and other allies in Hivos’ work for social change.

Hivos Theory of Change E-Dialogues

From 2011 to 2014, Hivos hosted a series of E-Dialogues on different aspects of ToC thinking. ToC practitioners from around the world gave contributions based on their experiences with ToC on the topics of:

E-Dialogue 1: The Added Value of ToC
E-Dialogue 2: Rigid plan or vague vision: Exploring the boundaries of ToC precision
E-Dialogue 3: Capacities for Doing and Thinking ToC in Development Organisations
E-Dialogue 4: Gender and Theories of Change

Chic coffee shops are multiplying all over the world, but in many places coffee farmers are dwindling. In one area of Indonesia, the average age of a coffee farmer is sixty; in Colombia it is fifty. Growing coffee is hard work that can sometimes generate little income. Older people who have spent their lives in the fields persist, but their children are leaving to seek more gainful, modern and enjoyable employment. A new generation of coffee professionals is urgently needed.

This report reflects on the results of a three years knowledge programme of Hivos, Oxfam Novib, civil society organisations and academics from around the world. It reveals stories of change - changes within people and changes within the programmes of their organisations - related to agricultural biodiversity.   

Michael Edwards spoke about Know-How’, ‘Know-What’ in his lecture entitled ‘Know-How’, ‘Know-What’ and the Politics of Knowledge for Development at the internationale dialogue Knowledge & Change: Theory and practice of development. Michael Edwards is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on civil society, philanthropy, and social change. In his speech he addressed particularly the politics of knowledge, which determine how thinking is translated into action of various kinds and which ideas are considered legitimate. He also stressed that these political factors are going to become even more important in the future.

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