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About Hivos

Annie Mpalume

Key facts about Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. We work in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Hivos works in 40 countries


We implement our programs together with 533 partner organizations


Hivos was founded in 1968 in the Netherlands

Hivos in a nutshell

Climate justice

Justice, equity and human rights are at the core of global climate action, which is grounded in the priorities and agency of those disproportionally impacted by climate change and responds to their needs.

Voices for Just Climate Action

VCA aims to ensure that by 2025, local civil society – and marginalized or vulnerable local groups – will have taken on a central role as creators, facilitators and advocates of innovative climate solutions.

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ENERGIA has supported more than 8,000 women entrepreneurs who have sold renewable energy products that provide almost four million people with access to affordable energy. The program puts gender at the center of the energy discussion.

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GreenWorks, implemented by an alliance led by Hivos, mitigates climate change by creating sustainable business and job opportunities for more than 9000 young people in the green economy in North Africa.

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All Eyes on the Amazon

All Eyes on the Amazon supported the fight against deforestation and environmental degradation by defending the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities. The program combines state-of-the-art technology with local knowledge.

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Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

A more just, fair, dignified, and prosperous society, where all people have equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities. A world where gender equality, inclusive economies and governance practices become the principle for organizing and building just societies.

Free to be Me

Free to be Me is an innovative program that builds and maintains a movement of self-confident and diverse LGBTIQ+ organizations and activists.

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We Lead

Hivos aims to strengthen the influence and position of young women whose sexual and reproductive health and rights are neglected the most.

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Voice is an innovative grant facility executed by Hivos and Oxfam Novib that connects and amplifies the voices of the most marginalized and discriminated people in 10 countries.

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SRHR fund

This fund was established to fill the need for a strategic regional response to sexual reproductive health and rights issues in Southern Africa, particularly those faced by young people.

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Civic Rights in a Digital Age

A public sphere where civic rights are protected, where inclusive public debate flourishes, and where people exercise influence and agency so that technology and public resources are used justly and responsibly.

Digital Defenders Partnership

Hosted by Hivos, DDP protects activists under (digital) attack and helps them navigate the digital highway safely, while strengthening rapid-response networks.

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Resources of Open Minds (R.O.O.M)

We support artists and creative hubs around the world in diversifying dialogue and using the power of art to spark debates and bring about structural social change.

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Voices and Actions for Accountability

This program strengthens the capacity of CSOs, media and government authorities in Malawi to gather evidence, analyse and publish on public procurement processes.

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Freedom of Expression and Information

Hivos aims to support Tunisian journalists in fulfilling their important responsibility. Implemented in cooperation with the National Union of Tunisian Journalists

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The Hivos organization

Hivos is managed by an Executive Board, made up of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anne Jellema, and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Michel Farkas. The Management Team includes the heads of the Strategy and Impact Department and the Business Development Department, the directors of our four regional hubs in Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East & North Africa, and some other management positions.

The Supervisory Council is chaired by Diana Monissen.

Figures from 2021

Hivos Theory of Change

Hivos values working with Theory of Change (ToC) as an appropriate approach to guide its strategic thinking and action, as well as its collaborative action with others. A Theory of Change approach can be used for different purposes, by different users, and at different moments in the cycle of developing, monitoring, reviewing or evaluating a program or strategy.