A fair, free and sustainable world – that is what Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, wants to contribute to. Together with local organizations in developing countries, Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens – men and women – have equal access to resources and opportunities for development, and can fully participate in decision making.
Hivos is a Dutch non-governmental organization guided by humanist values. Established in 1968, Hivos’ first footprints in Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi – date back only a few years after inception, early 1970s. It has more than 600 partner organizations in 26 countries.
A number of its core values are human dignity and self determination, an aversion to dogmas and totalitarian regimes, and a sense of mutual solidarity. The organization’s commitment is to the poor and marginalized people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It strives for the long-term improvement of their circumstances and for the empowerment of women in particular.
Hivos commitment to renewable energy is founded on the belief that people have a right to a free, fair and sustainable world. Towards this goal, mitigative steps towards reducing global warming through promotion of clean and sustainable energy were developed and continue to be implemented.
Rich countries consume large quantities of fossil fuels, which makes them responsible for climate change across the world. People in developing countries are largely affected by this. They are poorly equipped to defend themselves against the effects of climate change.
Hivos invests in sustainable energy products in the South, such as hydropower, solar power and biomass. This does not require costly energy networks as energy sources are widely available and can be deployed on a small, decentralized scale. An example of this is a biogas plant that generates energy for a family with only a few livestock.
Hivos is also engaged in other two primary domains. Together with civil society organizations, the organization works towards civil society building, human rights and democracy, gender and HIV/Aids under the Rights and Citizenship programme. Equally, under the Expression and Engagement programme, Hivos is engaged in ICT for development, support to Media, and the Arts and Culture programme.
The ABPP, which Hivos acts as Fund Manager, falls under the Green Entrepreneurship programme that promotes sustainable economic development in the energy sector. It was started in 2005.
For more information visit http://www.hivos.nl/