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Who we are

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  • Who we are

    Hivos was founded in 1968, inspired by humanist values. Our founders held the conviction that development work should be secular, as true cooperation presumes respect for differing beliefs. In our first ever brochure, our founders wrote that “necessary changes should spring from communities themselves – from people at the base of society.” These convictions are still reflected in our work.

    We believe that human life in its many forms is valuable, and that people are filled with potential. Living a life in freedom and dignity, with respect for each other and the planet, leads to greater individual well-being and fair, vibrant societies.

    Our values

    Freedom & Dignity
    Every human being has the right to live in freedom and dignity. People should have the freedom to believe what they want, voice their opinions, and challenge and influence the established order.

    Sustainable Use of our Planet’s Resources
    We only have one planet. It offers vast riches, but they are not limitless and are already seriously degraded. For current and future generations to be able to prosper, sustainable use of the earth’s resources is paramount. This implies moving beyond merely reducing our negative environmental impact by actively restoring what has been degraded and favouring biodiversity.

    Self-determination & Diversity
    People should be able to make choices and decisions based on their own preferences and interests, regardless of their sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion. Each individual is unique, and individual differences lead to diversity.

    Equality & Social Justice
    We are not the same, but we are equal. We should be treated as such, and this should be reflected in the way our social and legal systems work.

    Responsible Citizenship
    Citizens have rights as well as duties. Taking care of the ones around us and living life without damaging others or our planet, should be a given.

    What we strive for

    The 21st century has witnessed many positive developments that hold hope for the near future. Formal democracy has spread during the past few decades. Absolute poverty and mortality rates are on the decline. A new group of emerging economies is on the rise, and new technologies promote economic development, and boost international civic activism and innovative solutions.

    Progress is, however, unequal and has come at a high cost. Economic gains are unevenly spread across countries, classes, sexes, and age groups. The current globalized system and its increasing inequalities, resources depletion, global warming, and governance failure are not sustainable in the long run.

    The depletion of natural resources, loss of crop diversity, and climate change pose major consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable people in the world. The current 
pace of exploitation of natural resources tells us clearly that our planet simply cannot sustain the current rapid rate of population growth. Many feel that they are the losers of globalization, fueling nationalist and populist movements that fulminate against external influences or outsiders – especially migrants, (sexual) minorities activists, and non-governmental organizations. Freedom of expression, assembly and association are under threat in nearly half the world’s states. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is increasing.

    As a consequence of all this, tens of millions of people are on the move, fleeing the effects of climate change and human rights violations.

    Our vision

    We believe that every human being has the right to live in freedom and dignity, and that we are all free to be who we are, with respect for our individual gender and sexual identity. Living such a life means feeling free to believe and say what you want, to challenge governments and influence the established order. In exercising that freedom, we also carry the responsibility of not impinging on the freedom of others, and of respecting the natural limitations of the earth.

    We believe in open societies, in which freedom and diversity are valued individually and collectively. Such a society welcomes diversity and offers equal opportunities to all. We also believe in green societies, in which the environment and the planet’s natural resources are protected and used sustainably to the benefit of every living creature on the planet. Open and green societies are interwoven: together they create a free, fair and sustainable world. 

    Our mission

    Based on a track record of 50 years of partnering with frontrunners in daring, innovative and impactful development programs, 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.

     

  • Contact us

    Global office

    Raamweg 16
    2596 HL The Hague
    The Netherlands
    T: +31 (0)70 376 55 00
    F: +31 (0)70 362 46 00
    E: info@hivos.org

    Regional offices

    East Africa

    ACS Plaza, 3rd Floor Lenana Road
    P.O. Box 19875 00202 Nairobi, Kenya
    T: +254 725 451 729
    F: +254 789 451 729
    E: eastafricainfo@hivos.org

    Local Office Tanzania

    P.O. Box 38266
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    T: +255 266 4301 / 4
    F: +255 266 4308

    Southern Africa

    20 Phillips Avenue Belgravia
    P.O. Box 2227 Harare, Zimbabwe
    T: + 263 (0)4 706 704 | (0)4 250 463
    T: + 263 (0)4 706 125
    F: + 263 (0)4 791 981
    E: rosaf@hivos.co.zw

    Local Office South Africa

    Postnet Suite 515, Private Bag X113
    MELVILLE 2109, Johannesburg, South Africa
    T: +27 11 7261090
    F: + 27 11 726 5576
    E: info@hivos.co.za

    Latin America

    Plaza Mayor 300 mts Este, 200 Sur, 25 mts Este
    Rohrmoser, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica
    T: +506 2231 08 48
    E: americalatina@hivos.org

    Local Office Guatemala

    Hivos Guatemala
    14 Calle “B” 12-05 Zona 10
    Colonia Oakland, Guatemala
    T: +502 2306-3600
    E: info@hivos.org.gt

    Local Office Bolivia

    Calle 25, Calacoto
    La Paz, Bolivia
    T: +591 2141478

    Southeast Asia

    Jl. Kemang Selatan XII no1
    Jakarta Selatan 12560 – Indonesia
    T: +62 21 789 2489
    T: +62 21 7883 7577
    F: +62 21 7808115
    E: southeastasia@hivos.org

    Local Office Timor-Leste

    Rua Jacinto Candido
    Bairro Formosa – Dili, Timor-Leste
    T: +670 413 0033
    E: rdelarosa@hivos.org

    Middle East & North Africa

    Raamweg 16
    2596 HL The Hague
    The Netherlands
    T: +31 (0)70 376 55 00
    F: +31 (0)70 362 46 00
    E: info@hivos.org

    Local Office Beirut

    Pasteur St, Tayah Bldg, 1st Floor
    Saife, Beirut
    T: +961 1 570426

    • Our organization

      Hivos is managed by the Executive Board, consisting of Executive Director Mr. Edwin Huizing and the Director of Operations (presently vacant). The Management Team is made up of the Directors of the thematic Open Society and Green Society programs, the five Directors of our regional hubs and a few other management positions.

      The Directors of the two thematic programs are Ms. Carol Gribnau (Green Society) and Ms. Will Janssen (Open Society).

      The five Directors of our regional hubs are Ms. Mendi Njonjo (East Africa), Ms. Tanja Lubbers (Southern Africa), Mr. Biranchi Upadhyaya (Southeast Asia), Ms. Myrtille Danse (Latin America) and Mr. Tini van Goor (Middle East & North Africa)

      Additional management positions at the global office in The Hague are Ms. Mirna Hovius (Strategy, Communication & Innovation Manager), Mr. Thomas Klompmaker (Finance, Support and Control Manager) and the Human Resources Manager (presently vacant).

      Regional presence

      In the 1980s and 1990s, Hivos was one of the first major Dutch NGOs that opened offices in the Global South to operate in the close vicinity of its civil society partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders there. To date, most of our programs are executed through regional Hivos hubs in Southern Africa, East Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The MENA (Middle East & North Africa) hub is still based in The Hague for safety reasons, but we are in the process of transferring this hub to Lebanon. We have country offices in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Lebanon, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, and Timor Leste. All these offices report to their respective regional hub.

      Distribution and make-up of staff

      Currently one third of Hivos staff works at the global office in The Hague, while two-thirds work at regional and country offices. Staff in the regions are mainly non-Dutch and also hold management positions in the regional offices, including those of Regional Director.

    • Reports and regulations

      Hivos Annual Report

      We are proud to present our 2016 Annual Report to you. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through our programs and projects, which aim to make our societies greener and more open, and the new strategic collaborations we have entered.

      Looking forward, 2017 will be a year of investment: in promising new initiatives which may turn out to be our innovative solutions of the future, in further improving our operations, and in building on existing partnerships to bring innovative solutions to scale.

      Read more on the online version of our annual report.

      Integrity and corporate social responsibility

      Hivos aims for the highest possible integrity in its contact with partners, suppliers, clients, among Hivos staff and in relation to business property. The focal points of staff policy, i.e. justice, legal security, openness and clarity, individual responsibility and room for initiative, diversity and creativity, also serve as a point of departure for our Integrity Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.

      Hivos integrity policy January 2016 (pdf, 71KB)

      Hivos corporate social responsibility policy Sept 2012 (pdf, 12,4 MB)

      Addendum Hivos corporate social responsibility policy 2015 (pdf, 454 KB)

      Statutes, regulations and Collective Labor Agreement

      In keeping with the requirements of the Dutch CBF accreditation, Hivos regularly publishes updated version of it statutes, regulations, Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) and salary scheme.

      Hivos articles of association Hivos legalized translation 2016 (pdf, 13,6 MB)

      Hivos Audit Committee regulations (pdf, 7 KB)

      Hivos legal status regulations (pdf, 107 KB)

      Hivos remuneration committee regulations (pdf, 8 KB)

      Hivos Salary Regulations (pdf, 15 KB)

      Hivos board regulations 2016 (pdf, 1,1 MB)

      Hivos guidelines on employment conditions 2016 (pdf, 1,8 MB)

      Hivos complaints procedure (pdf, 24 KB)

  • How we work

    Frontrunners are at the heart our strategy; progressive citizens and their organisations, enlightened governments and innovative businesses. People who operate at the frontline of developments due to their great ideas, new solutions, high impact collaborations and lots of guts. We catalyze their innovative, persistent attempts to realize social change. We support them in bringing to scale their most promising solutions.

    We link all parties, project partners and other international non-governmental development organizations alike, that can and want to be part of these solutions. We help to create an enabling political environment in which these solutions really stand a chance and can flourish.

    Our three-step approach

    1. We support frontrunners and develop ideas
      We engage game-changing pioneers and frontrunners that inspire others. We have a keen eye for these innovators and offer them a platform, connecting them to different networks, provide start-up funding, training etc.
    2. We connect multiple stakeholders and co-create solutions
      We organize multi-actor platforms, “coalitions of the willing” that are able to transform ideas into solutions and help them grow and spread. We finance programs, ensure good monitoring and evaluations, and incorporate lessons learnt into future programming.
    3. We influence policies and scale solutions
      We bring solutions to scale by influencing policies at all levels of government and by triggering media interest in alternative solutions to persistent problems. We also scale out successful solutions to other countries and regions.

    Our instruments

    Network
    We have a large, diverse and global network of partners that we engage in everything we do

    Innovation and knowledge
    We invest in knowledge and innovation to trigger change. By staying ahead of the curve in understanding social change and crises, we make our role and programs more effective;

    Program development
    We develop relevant multi-stakeholder programs and ensure they are properly managed;

    Capacity development
    We develop the capacity of organizations to increase their effectiveness. This ranges from enhancing basic management and administrative skills, to specialized training on international advocacy, networking and fundraising

    Advocacy
    We advocate for laws, regulations and markets to work in favor of marginalized groups. We support our partners in their advocacy and campaigning efforts and also directly mobilize citizens, policymakers and other relevant actors in the Netherlands, the European Union and at the United Nations;

    Financing
    We provide grants to partners and projects and experiment with other financing mechanisms such as crowdfunding and impact investing.

  • Hivos Annual Report

    We are proud to present our 2016 Annual Report to you. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through our programs and projects, which aim to make our societies greener and more open, and the new strategic collaborations we have entered.

    Looking forward, 2017 will be a year of investment: in promising new initiatives which may turn out to be our innovative solutions of the future, in further improving our operations, and in building on existing partnerships to bring innovative solutions to scale.

    Read more on the online version of our annual report.

    Integrity and corporate social responsibility

    Hivos aims for the highest possible integrity in its contact with partners, suppliers, clients, among Hivos staff and in relation to business property. The focal points of staff policy, i.e. justice, legal security, openness and clarity, individual responsibility and room for initiative, diversity and creativity, also serve as a point of departure for our Integrity Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.

    Hivos integrity policy January 2016 (pdf, 71KB)

    Hivos corporate social responsibility policy Sept 2012 (pdf, 12,4 MB)

    Addendum Hivos corporate social responsibility policy 2015 (pdf, 454 KB)

    Statutes, regulations and Collective Labor Agreement

    In keeping with the requirements of the Dutch CBF accreditation, Hivos regularly publishes updated version of it statutes, regulations, Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) and salary scheme.

    Hivos articles of association Hivos legalized translation 2016 (pdf, 13,6 MB)

    Hivos Audit Committee regulations (pdf, 7 KB)

    Hivos legal status regulations (pdf, 107 KB)

    Hivos remuneration committee regulations (pdf, 8 KB)

    Hivos Salary Regulations (pdf, 15 KB)

    Hivos board regulations 2016 (pdf, 1,1 MB)

    Hivos guidelines on employment conditions 2016 (pdf, 1,8 MB)

    Hivos complaints procedure (pdf, 24 KB)