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Declaration of Ouagadougou endorsed by 11 West and Central African Countries 

The International Conference on Biodigester Technology concluded on 12 October 2017 in Ouagadougou with the President of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré presiding over the public reading of the “Declaration of Ouagadougou” concerning the promotion and dissemination of biodigester technologies in West and Central Africa.

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.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. We cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Globally, it’s estimated around 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity; Africa’s population alone accounts for almost half of that figure.

On September 22, websites of international NGOs and regional and local organizations all over the world turned their home pages blank. So did Hivos. We were protesting against the oppression of active citizens and organizations who want their voices to be heard, who want to gather or demonstrate peacefully. We went silent in solidarity with those who have been silenced against their will.

Hivos East Africa condemns the recent police raids on Action Aid Uganda, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS) and Solidarity Uganda. Ahead of the age limit debate in parliament, a series of raids, arrests, threats and intimidation of citizens and civil society organisations have continued to escalate the shrinking civic space in Uganda.

‘Gold from children’s hands.’ Sounds nice, even poetic, but what kind of reaction does this statement elicit when you connect it with child labour?

It is estimated that up to two million Ugandan children have been forced into child labour, mostly through conflicts often leading to internal displacement.

On August 24 2017, the Hivos Women @ Work Campaign in Southern Africa convened its stakeholders from the horticulture sector in Malawi for the first time to discuss the issue of living wages. Low wages are a persistent problem in many global supply chains, so this is a key issue for the Women @ Work Campaign, which aims to improve working conditions for women.

Hivos condemns the unwarranted attempts by the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Co-ordination Board at intimidating civil society organisations in Kenya.

Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organizations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which all citizens have equal access to opportunities and resources and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their societies and their futures.

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