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Hivos and Shujaaz at Innovation Festival Amsterdam

On Thursday 2 October, Hivos proudly presents a Lightning Talk by Everlyn Kemunto Oiruria of Shujaaz from Kenya. This presentation of the ground-breaking media project engaging the Kenyan youth is part of the Innovation Festival organised by Partos, the branch organisation of development NGOs in the Netherlands. What can we learn from Shujaaz? How do initiatives like these relate to the ‘reinvention’ of the development sector? And do Dutch organisations still have a role to play?

In defence of small utopias

The last in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013

The power of ‘together’: Charting our paths towards Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;first in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013</p>

To mark the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia we decided on “connections” as the theme for the 2nd volume (containing three issues) of Links in the Chain. Connections are one of the defining features of a wiki website, as the interlinked nature of pages or entries allow for easy navigation and accessibility to networks of information from any point of entry. Connections are also a defining feature of the “Digital Natives with a Cause?” research project.

Welcome to volume number three issue one of “Links in the Chain”. This issue and the next will have as a common theme some questions of identity and its relation with digital technologies. We have reached a point in our technological trajectory where the analogy of the “tool” falls short of describing our relationship with digital technologies. In our workshops the idea that digital technologies are tools for achieving social goals was presented as a way to change the emphasis from the technology to the people.

The knowledge programme supported LIFE network member PENHA in Uganda to document and analyze the approaches of LIFE network members in India to promote the use of indigenous animal genetic resources as an intervention to support biodiversity based livestock development. The knowledge product was presented at the 5th multi-stakeholder platform meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, in October 2014 in Cali, Colombia.


At the inception of the Agrobiodiversity @ knowledged programme, the Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio) at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), was commissioned to identify knowledge constraints related to the role of agricultural biodiversity for smallholder farmers’ livelihoods. This knowledge mapping study formed the basis for the development of the Knowledge Programme. A synthesis report has been developed based on this detailed mapping study and includes a summary of the Agrobiodiversity@knowledged programme activities to date.

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.

Our world is changing quickly and profoundly. Rich and poor – regardless of where they live – are faced with increasingly ‘thick’ problems and social change is more politicized and contested than ever before. And yet, most international development NGOs (INGOs) keep offering ‘thin’ solutions to these problems. Solutions geared to measurable material success. Solutions that are aimed at increasing participation in unsustainable economies and polities.

Three perspectives on development in 2020

Fall 2011 HIVA-KULeuven - the Research Institute for Work and Society of the University of Leuven - started an explorative research on global trends which are shaping the future of development cooperation. While the identification of influential trends is one thing, substantiating arguments about how these trends will evolve in the future is another. Hence the research revolved around two main questions: What could the development challenge look like in 2020 and what would that mean for the practice of development cooperation? And how can development actors deal with the uncertainty which is inherent to each answer that follows to the first question?