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What we do

Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Hivos seeks new and creative solutions to persistent global problems; solutions created by people taking their lives into their own hands. We offer a positive counterbalancing force against discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our mission is to innovate for social change. With smart projects in the right places, we work towards more open and green societies.

Open Society

Our ideal world guarantees freedom, diversity and equal opportunities for all. Its societies are open to everyone and respectful of differing opinions. Power can be challenged and redefined. In such a world all people have the same rights, irrespective of gender, beliefs or sexual orientation.

In the open society domain, we work on freedom and accountability; women’s empowerment; and sexual rights and diversity. The free exchange of information, freedom of expression and the ability of citizens to influence decisions that affect them are essential in an open society. Everyone should be able to be who they are, whether they are male, female, gay, straight. Moreover, everyone should have the freedom to believe and say what they want, to challenge governments and influence the established order. As one’s freedom only ends where another person’s freedom begins.

Open and green societies are interwoven: together they create a free, fair and sustainable world.

Green society

Our ideal is a green world – a world in which people use natural resources sustainably and to the benefit of all. If our energy and food supply were truly sustainable, not only would we be taking care of our planet but we would also be sharing everything it has to offer more equally.

In our aim for more green societies, Hivos supports transitions towards renewable energy and diverse, resilient, fair and sustainable food systems. Hivos and its partners demonstrate that renewable energy is not a dream, but feasible and simply the best choice. Providing access to sufficient, affordable and healthy food to all, in particular for low-income consumers, can create substantial economic opportunities and generate positive environmental returns.