Hivos International


The Wicked series

The Hivos Civic Explorations Programme and the independent Dutch thinktank Kennisland proudly announce ‘the wicked series’, an expedition in search of new methods and initiatives for adressing ‘wicked problems’.

Movements Rethink Journey 2013

Exploring innovation for social and gender justice activism

September this year, Hivos organizes the Movements Rethink Journey. It brings together 24 activists from more than 10 different countries such as India, Malaysia, Iran, Lebanon, Kenya, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, the USA, Great Britain and the Netherlands. In the midst of the village Pingjum in Netherlands’ rural north they will create their think-space, debate and critique their various activisms, strategies and pathways of change, in order to chart out paths for innovation of their activisms.

Over the last decade or so labs for social change have developed into a force within the ever expanding family of ‘the social’. From the Finance Innovation Lab in the UK to the Human Centered Design lab in Cambodia. From the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Harvard to MindLab in Denmark, labs pop up around the world in increasing numbers.

Following the symposium Can do-ocracy deepen democracy? last December in The Hague, Hivos, ISS and WRR publish an online magazine: Can 'democracy by doing' deepen democracy?.

Thought piece by Nishant Shah

This thought piece is an attempt to reflect critically on existing practices of “making change” and its implications for the future of citizen action in information and network societies. It observes that change is constantly and explicitly invoked at different stages in research, practice, and policy in relation to digital technologies, citizen action, and network societies. However, we do not have adequate frameworks to address the idea of change. What constitutes change? What are the intentions that make change possible? Who are the actors involved? Whose change is  it, anyway?

On track with gender

A 3-year process on gender mainstreaming that aims to improve policy and practice towards gender equality. Includes one thematic workshop based on five electronically discussed position papers; field exchange with leading gender research institutes and NGO partners in the South; and gender mainstreaming institutional assessment, making use of gender programming and policy laboratory tools.

‘There is another economics waiting be borne. It would take efficiency off the pedestal and stress the importance of alternative measures’, Stephen Marglin, Harvard University. This is one of the quotes from the Beyond Economics Meeting in New York report.

Financial resources are essential to the functioning of most programs, policies and institutions. Yet inevitably, money also raises questions about inequality, the strings attached to funding, and the power of those who hold them to push resources to causes they approve of, perhaps even weakening or corrupting authentic social action in the process.

Hivos has been gradually diversifying the role(s) that it performs in processes of systemic social change. To improve the effectiveness with which it is able to play these roles, Hivos periodically takes stock of its experiences. This paper  is the result of critical reflection on Hivos’ engagement with multi-actor initiatives (MAIs).