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Dear Reader,

I welcome you to our 2019 annual report. This report features our work in East Africa where we have been championing just and fair societies since we started working in the region over 50 years ago.

2019 was a year filled with interesting twists and turns but such times only gave us the impetus in propelling extraordinary change. Our ambition in contributing to a free and sustainable world saw us partnering with visionaries, change makers and organizations to advance self-determination particularly in establishing green and open societies.

People Unlimited

The very foundations of our humanist principles also reminded us that challenging times can not only be reversed by advancing programs and initiatives that champion social innovation; but for change to happen our true north must be on achieving impact.

Our quality programs across our five thematic areas: Sexual rights and diversity, Freedom and accountability, Women’s empowerment, Sustainable food and Renewable energy championed social change & progress- whose results we have strived to showcase in this report.

Happy reading!

Mendi Njonjo, Regional Director, Hivos East Africa

A copy of the annual report can be downloaded from this link.

We regret to announce the delay of our annual accounts which shall be updated in due course.

2019 highlights:

Black Coffee 


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Black Coffee Community is a film showcasing the successful closing of our 6 year coffee project: 4S@Scale implemented in Kenya and Uganda. We celebrate farmers who have not only weathered the tides to stay in the coffee sector but have equally proven that their voices cannot be ignored in enabling sustainable food supply chains. Read more.

10 years of powering

lives in Africa

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Biogas is the cog wheel that links together stakeholders in upscaling clean cooking technologies to the communities in dire need. The Africa Biogas Partnership Program began 10 years ago to establish the largest commercial market for bio-digesters in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. With simple solutions around: organic farming, establishment of 'green' jobs and enterprises and clean cooking; the program was able to reach more than 500,000 people to access a clean source of renewable energy. Read more.