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Southern Africa


Southern Africa

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) need to undergo fundamental shifts in their organizational communications culture to benefit fully from social media technologies, according to a guidebook recently published by Hivos Southern Africa with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Zimbabwe.

Hivos in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe, Hivos Impact Investments and SEED are holding a three day bootcamp to get more social entrepreneurs involved in delivering high quality open source seed products to small holder farmers. The three day Disrupt!SEEDS! event from 28 February to 2 March 2018 at the Gallery Delta in Harare is a business incubation workshop for social seed entrepreneurs from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

On 26 January, Zimbabwe - through Hivos Southern Africa - will become the first Sub-Saharan African country to live stream films from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). IFFR 2018, the 47th edition of the film festival, takes place from 24 January to 4 February 2018 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The COP23 in Bonn ended nearly two weeks ago, and during the event a number of commitments were made and initiatives sparked.

On 28 November 2017, Edwin Huizing, executive director of Hivos, opened the Open Contracting Global Summit together with Gavin Hayman, director of the Open Contracting Partnership, María Zuleta, vice chair of the Open Contracting Partnership’s advisory board, and Hans Docter, director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch foreign ministry. He welcomed the attendees with these words:

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, and everybody in between,

Update 30 November 2017: At the end of the Open Contracting Global Summit on 29 November, Transparency International and its partners HivosCoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative, Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and 

On Wednesday, the Turkish judge ruled that two human rights trainers and six human rights activists belonging to the so-called Istanbul 10* may await their trial in freedom.


100 DAYS OF LEARNING is the 2017 programme – and final edition - of knowledge platform Age of Wonderland, a global learning programme initiated by Hivos and Baltan Laboratories in 2014.

In its efforts to support the involvement of key populations, community-based organisations, and civil society in the response to Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria epidemics, the Global Fund has selected a new group of Technical Assistance providers within its Community, Rights & Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative. We are proud to announce that Hivos has been selected for a second time in a row.

A new six-minute film describes the cultural influences and policy challenges facing Zambia as the country strives to promote dietary diversity despite being heavily reliant on maize as its primary source of food.

Although government policies aimed at improving access to sufficient and nutritious foods are in place nationally, inequality means many Zambians, and women and infants in particular, are not eating nutritious and varied meals.