Mission and vision
Hivos believes that every human being has the right to live in freedom and dignity. You can be who you are wherever you are, whether you are male, female, gay, straight, or anything in between. Moreover, you should have the freedom to believe and say what you want, to challenge governments and question the established order. Your freedom only ends where another person’s freedom begins, and where the earth imposes her limits.
We believe societies should be open, guaranteeing freedom, welcoming diversity and providing equal opportunities for all. We believe societies should be green, using natural resources sustainably to the benefit of all. These two areas are closely interlinked, as we believe that human freedom is only possible when we also care for our natural resources.
Based on a track record of almost 50 years of partnering with frontrunners in daring, innovative and impactful development programmes, Hivos seeks new and creative solutions to persistent global problems. Problems that prevent people from taking their lives into their own hands, and that threaten our earth, which is after all the basis of our existence.
With smart projects in the right places, Hivos offers a positive counterbalancing force against discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. To achieve a free, fair and sustainable society, we innovate for social change.
At the heart of our strategy are frontrunners: pioneers be it activists, social entrepreneurs, civil society or artists that operate at the frontline of developments, due to their great ideas, new solutions, high-impact collaborations and bold approaches. We scout for and help to develop smart ideas and new approaches. We support their most promising solutions and bring them to scale. We link all parties that can – and want to – be part of these solutions. And we help create an enabling environment, including the political environment, in which these solutions really stand a chance and can flourish.
Hivos is inspired by humanist values. We believe that human life is valuable and full of potential. When people are given a chance to live in freedom and with dignity, they are able to live a life that contributes to the greater good of humanity. Self-determination and diversity are key when addressing the challenges of our modern complex society. We believe in a life lived responsibly and ethically, both individually and collectively, with respect for people and planet.