Hivos International

Knowledge

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. 

Report of Expert Round Table on Dutch aid context

Two months ago, an expert round table on the Dutch aid context took place at the Nutshuis in The Hague. Coordinator of the Hivos Knowledge Programme, Josine Stremmelaar, took part in this expert meeting.

Presentation Smallholder Jatropha processing & products by Marieke Bruins

 

Presentation Perspectives of Jatropha Production and Processing by Janske van Eijck

This presentation summarizes a feasibility study of fairtrade certification for the Jatropha curcas.

Main Orientation of the Evaluation

  • In 2006 Hivos started a Renewable Energy Programme: domestic biogas,  micro-hydro electricity and solar PV
  • In 2008 – 2009 six pilot Jatropha programmes were started
  • In 2011 the pilots were evaluated.

 

Hivos sees entrepreneurial men and women in rural areas as a lever for sustainable change: with a more even playing field and focused support, potential rural entrepreneurs can turn their production into viable businesses and be important actors in societal transformation towards a more sustainable and equitable economy at a local and global level. This improves not only their position but that of rural communities and benefits the global community. GE strongly believes in green and inclusive development. Our approach is based on insights and lessons learned from our earlier work and that of others. We are aware that our insights and the assumptions are incomplete and are likely to change in the future as knowledge evolves.

Read this interesting personal account of Amjad Baiazy, the Syrian human rights and civil society activist, who was imprisoned by the Syrian authorities on May 12, 2011 and released on June 30, 2011. While in prison, Amajd Baiazy engaged in discussions with inmates on the myths and realities surrounding the Syrian revolution. In this personal account and analysis, Amjad Baiazy addresses the topics of sectarianism, start of the revolution in Daraa, role of Islamists and ‘conspiracy theories’.  

The issue of ‘foreign funding’ to local civil and political society, and the political agendas associated with it, remain a highly sensitive issue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) following the ‘Arab  Spring’. By mid-2012, it has become clear that the ouster of aging  dictators has not abolished either their regimes or their practices. Branding civil society activists and organisations who receive foreign funding as agents of the West aiming at regime change is a common tactic that contributes to perceptions of a presumed ‘conspiracy’ behind foreign funding. The recent campaign against local and international NGOs in Egypt illustrates how the notorious ‘foreign funding dilemma’ retains a sadly pressing relevance.

The Working Paper aims to contribute to a growing pool of experience of applying power analysis for improving social activism and organisational practice. Over the last decade, an increasing number of practitioners, researchers, NGOs, trusts and development agencies have introduced power frameworks and methods of power analysis into processes of context analysis, programme development and monitoring and evaluation. Power has been examined and addressed in relation to a vast range of development, human rights and social justice issues from women’s empowerment to economic justice and from local governance to HIV/AIDS. Power analysis processes have taken place from the UK to Colombia and from Indonesia to Sierra Leone with much innovation in methods and approaches for introducing ways of examining power with community members, grassroots leaders, NGO staff and donors.

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