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What we do

  • Creative hub leader’s toolkit

    Creative hubs play a vital role in supporting the self-sufficiency and independence of makers of cultural and media productions. As ‘convenors of creatives,’ hubs serve local communities and connect creative practitioners. This toolkit is part of Creative Hubs Academy, a global partnership project of Nesta, Hivos and British Council, that supports creative hub leaders to sustain and grow their hubs.

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  • Open contracting and inclusion

    Who benefits from open contracting? In Hivos’ latest publication (research by Francois van Schalkwyk  & Miko Cañares) on open contracting and inclusion, five cases were selected to explore the possible benefits of open contracting for marginalized communities. The research set out to answer the following questions: How can open contracting reforms and increased availability of contract […]

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  • Impact of COVID-19 on women workers in the horticulture sector in Kenya

    A rapid assessment of the effects of COVID-19 by Hivos East Africa’s Women@Work indicates that food security is a major concern for flower farm workers mainly due to job losses and increasing food prices.

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  • A manual for strengthening women’s leadership in the horticultural sector

    This manual will help you carry out a strategy to develop transformative feminist leadership in the East African Horticultural sector.

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  • Beyond maize: exploring agricultural diversification in Zambia

    Despite the Zambian government’s intention to diversify agriculture, the country is still heavily reliant on a narrow range of crops. This discussion paper explores the reasons for the lack of agricultural diversity from the perspectives of smallholder households, market actors and extension officers.

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  • A lobby and advocacy approach to energy access

    This document is a description of Hivos’ lobby and advocacy approach to promoting green and inclusive energy. It gives an inside look into the often unpredictable and challenging – but also exciting – profession of advocates. The document describes how we think change happens and can be used as a guide by others.

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