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.

Global Information Society Watch 2012
Global Information Society Watch 2012 21 February 2013 Various

GISWatch 2012 explores how the internet is being used to ensure transparency and accountability, the challenges that civil society activists face in fighting corruption, and when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.    

The internet and corruption: Inhibitor or enabler to a fair society?
The internet and corruption: Inhibitor or enabler to a fair society? 30 January 2013 LC

While hidden cameras can document and flag human rights abuses by authoritarian governments, these same videos can then be used to identify dissidents who are later detained and tortured, explains David Sasaki in his introduction to this year’s Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online.

APC and Hivos launch 2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” during this year's IGF
APC and Hivos launch 2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” during this year's IGF 05 November 2012 Flavia Fascendini

On 7 November 2012, on the second day of the IGF, APC and Hivos will launch the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on the internet and corruption. The launch will take place in Room 9 of the Baku Expo Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, at 12:30 local time.

GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 2
GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 2 30 October 2012 Various

This publication is a follow-up to the 2011 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), which looked at internet rights and democratisation, with a focus on freedom of expression and association online.    

GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 1
GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 1 29 October 2012 Various

The 2011 edition of the Global Information Society Watch, titled “Internet Rights and Democratization: focus on freedom of expression and association online” has published the first in a series of updates on six country reports. This special edition contains updates from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa as well as an introduction from the Electronic ...

Global Information Society Watch 2011: Internet rights and democratisation – Focus on freedom of expression and association online
Global Information Society Watch 2011: Internet rights and democratisation – Focus on freedom of expression and association online 08 December 2011 APC and Hivos

APC and Hivos investigate how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are restricting freedom online – and how citizens are responding using the very same technology.    

Global Information Society Watch 2010: Focus on ICTs and environmental sustainability
Global Information Society Watch 2010: Focus on ICTs and environmental sustainability 03 May 2011 APC and Hivos

Reports from around the world on the impacts of technology consumption and e-waste on the environment. Also includes seven expert reports including one on smart and green grassroots technologies.  

GenARDIS Knowledge Sharing workshop
GenARDIS Knowledge Sharing workshop 27 January 2010

The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process. The workshop methodology will be interactive, creative and use different methodo...

Global Information Society Watch 2009: Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy
Global Information Society Watch 2009: Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy 13 November 2009 APC and Hivos

The Global Information Society Watch 2009 report unpacks the key issues impacting on access to online information and knowledge, including discussions on intellectual property rights, knowledge rights, open standards and access to educational materials and libraries.

Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure
Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure 22 October 2009 APC, Hivos and ITeM

How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by all? This is one of the critical questions asked by GISWatch 2008, which highlights the importance of people’s access to ICT infrastructure, where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

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