Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos)

A fair, free and sustainable world – that is what Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, wants to contribute to. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens – both men and women – have equal access to resources and opportunities for development. Hivos headquarters are in The Hague.

Hivos first provided support to APC’s Africa Women’s Programme in preparing for Beijing+5, as well as our internet rights work through the Global ICT Policy Monitor project, with a focus on activities in Latin America and Africa. In 2001, 2002 and 2003, Hivos continued to fund the Africa Women’s Programme and the Global ICT Policy Monitor project.

In 2005 the organisation provided support to GenARDIS and the Global ICT Policy Monitor, and in 2004 to APC-Africa-Women, the Global Gender and ICT Forum and the Global ICT Policy Monitor. Hivos funded both the Global ICT Policy Monitor project (with core support to CIPP and APC-Africa-Women) and the GenARDIS project in 2006. In 2008 Hivos provided support for the Africa ICT Policy Monitor; Engaging Policy and Practice project (CIPP/WNSP – AAW) (1 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2008) and in 2012, Hivos provided support for APC’s Strategic Action Plan for the period 2009 – 2012.

From 2008 until 2015, Hivos was a funder-partner for  the annual Global Information Society Watch.

GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launched at IGF 2015
GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launched at IGF 2015 12 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

How does the politics of sex and sexual rights activism take place online? How are generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet? These are some of the questions addressed by the latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report, launched at the Internet Governance Forum.

GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launching on 12 November!
GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launching on 12 November! 02 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

How does the politics of sex and sexual rights activism take place online? How are generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet? These are some of the questions that this year’s edition of the Global Information Society Watch report (GISWatch 2015) aims to respond to.    

GISWatch report on surveillance launched in ten countries
GISWatch report on surveillance launched in ten countries 07 February 2015 Leila Nachawati

From Bolivia to Senegal, ten Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) authors have organised local launches to highlight national reports on the implications of surveillance in local contexts.

Activists talk censorship and circumvention at Disco-tech Istanbul
Activists talk censorship and circumvention at Disco-tech Istanbul 22 September 2014 Alexandra Groome

On 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation brought together over 150 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists in Istanbul to attend the ninth Internet Governance Forum to a peer-learning event called Disco-tech.    

Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age
Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age 18 September 2014 Various

This Global Information Society Watch tracks the state of communications surveillance in 59 countries across the world – countries as diverse as Hungary, India, Argentina, The Gambia, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. Each country report approaches the issue from a different perspective.    

GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey
GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey 01 September 2014 APC

This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014.

Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs
Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs 11 March 2014 Various

GISWatch 2013 shows that gains in women’s rights made online are not always certain or stable. It is a call to action, to the increased participation of women in all forms of technological governance and development, and to a reaffirmation and strengthening of their rights online.    

Job opportunity: Global Information Society Watch Coordinator
Job opportunity: Global Information Society Watch Coordinator 11 November 2013

APC invites applications for a staff coordinator position for Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), the premier information platform for civil society perspectives on the state of the Information Society on global, regional and national levels. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of the GISWatch initiative.

Call for Participation: Online Training Programme on Internet Governance and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Call for Participation: Online Training Programme on Internet Governance and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 17 July 2013

Deadline for applications for the IGMENA online training programme is next Monday, 22 July 2013. All public and private sector employees as well as bloggers, journalists, human rights activists, scholars, researchers and students interested in internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa should apply!

APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region”
APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region” 02 May 2013 Mawaki Chango

At a workshop on internet governance in the MENA region, held from 16 to 19 March 2013 in Tunis, APC presented “IG and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding internet Openness in the Middle East and North Africa,” a workshop on civil society engagement in IG and public policy.

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