The Movement Called Save the Children
“Save the Children” movement was initiated in 1919 as a response to the war-torn Europe during the World War II. The International Save the Children Alliance currently consists of 32 autonomous organizations working in over 100 nations throughout the world.
Save the Children – Canada
Save the Children – Canada (SCC) has been operational since 1920. At present, besides Canada itself, SCC is working in 9 countries: Bolivia, Peru, Burkina Faso, Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Efforts are targeted at the most critical needs of children. SCO’s principal objective is to help change the conditions which deprive children and their families of the capacity to realize their potential. The programs range from thematic areas of development, survival, protection and participation.
SCC has been associated with the children of India since 1967 and the India Field Office (IFO) was set up in 1990 at Pune. Presently, SCC-IFO is operational in three states of India-Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, SCC-IFO works in partnership with 11 partner non-government organizations(NGOs) for providing developmental opportunities to children from deprived societies, which include:
> Tribal children and children from slums.
> Children working as agriculture labour and shepherds.
> Children working in brick-kilns, construction sites.
> Children working in carpet weaving industry.
> Children working in gem and stone cutting industry.
> Children working in speaker cone industry.
> Children working in match-stick and fireworks industry.
> Children of mothers engaged in bidi (local cigarette) and aggarbatti (incense-sticks) making.
> Children working as domestic workers.
> Children of commercial sex workers.
> Girls engaged in looking after siblings at home.
The emphasis of India program has been on working children and education. The programs operate at two levels: community-based action projects and advocacy on issues affecting rights of the child, which includes networking with various stakeholders at national and international levels. A conscious and sincere effort is made to incorporate the values of participation and gender equity.
Save the Children fights for children rights. We deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives world-wide.
Our philosophy at Save the Children Canada is that we are a child rights organization, which focuses on the participation of children in the whole creation, design and implementation of our programming. This philosophy is a fundamental belief.
Our Guiding Principle
All action must be taken in the best interest of the child.
Save the Children
India Field Office, Apama
27 C, Ganeshkrupa Society
Lane No. 12, Paramhansanagar
Paud Road, Pune – 411 038 Maharashtra
Telephona Telefacsimile: 020-25390041,25390369
Email: [email protected]
Save the Children Canada
414, Yonge Street, Suite 308,
Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A8
Email: [email protected]
An estimated 5.1 million Indians are infected with HIV/AIDS, making India second in the world to South Africa in number of HIV cases. The epidemic, which began among high-risk groups, is now spreading rapidly amongst the general population. The epidemic is in its early phase, and even a small percentage increase can have detrimental health and socio-economic consequences. Stemming an epidemic of this magnitude requires collaborative work among all stakeholders involved, strong institutional capacities to carry out work, and political commitment at the highest levels both for prevention and treatment.
Organizations at the frontlines – government, non-government, community-based, UN, faith-based, private sector agencies and positive networks – are in urgent need of support to strengthen and expand their prevention and treatment services.
SAATHII envisions a concerted response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.
SAATHII strengthens the capacity of organizations working against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.
SAATHII’s programs are designed to meet the following objectives:
Our Organizational Structure
Founded informally in February 2000, SAATHII is now registered as a Charitable Trust (Registration # 637, dated August 2002) with the Sub-Registrar of Charities, in Chennai, India. It is also registered with the Income Tax Department (Permanent Account No. AAETS3446C) and the Directorate of Income Tax Exemptions (No.3 01-04-05).
SAATHII is registered in the U.S.A as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
SAATHII has offices in Chennai, Calcutta and U.S.A.
SAATHII’s Chennai office functions as the administrative headquarters of the organization. Programs in information dissemination, advocacy, training and technical assistance and networking are carried out at this office, with a focus on the southern states and in close partnership with Calcutta and SAATHII Connection.
SAATHII’s Kolkata office implements programs in training and technical assistance with a focus on building the capacity of sexual health agencies in the eastern states. Networking, advocacy and information dissemination programs are also implemented at Calcutta in collaboration with the Chennai office.
SAATHII Connection brides the human, financial and knowledge resources from the U.S. to the need for increased support by Indian organizations at the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS fight in India.
Advocacy / Networking /Information Dissemination / Technical and Financial Assistance
Organizations at the frontlines of the fight against HIV/AIDS – government, non-government, community-based, UN, faith-based, private sector agencies and positive networks – are in urgent need of strengthening their technical competencies, management, leadership and evaluation skills, and personnel and financial capital to expand prevention, care, support and treatment services across 34 states in India. In response to meeting their needs, SAATHII supports government and civil society through the following programs:
Going to web site – Click on the above program links to download fact sheets on each program.
c/o ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI Tamilnadu Centre
3rd Floor Chateaud’Ampa
110 Nelson Manickarn Road
Chennai – 600 029
Ph.: (044) 2374-1118
FAX: (044) 2374-3575
Email: [email protected]
CD 335, Sector I, Salt Lake City,
Kolkata – 700 064
Email: [email protected]
One Soldiers Field Park, Apt 510
Boston. MA 02163, USA
Email: [email protected].
(Note : There are addresses of many funding agencies working on HIV/AIDS in India, which list can be obtained from the SAATHII’S Website)
Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen public awareness and political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. Founded in 1965, PAI is a private, non-profit group and accepts no government funds.
At the heart of Population Action International’s mission is its commitment to advance universal access to family planning and related health services, and to educational and economic opportunities, especially for girls and women. Together, these strategies promise to improve the lives of individual women and their families, while also slowing the world’s population growth and helping preserve the environment.
What We Do
PAI fosters the development of U.S. and international policy on urgent population and reproductive health issues through an integrated program of research, advocacy and communications. PAI seeks to make clear the linkages between population, reproductive health, the environment and development. Serving as a bridge between the academic and policy making communities, PAI shares its findings through the dissemination of strategic, action oriented publications; participation in and sponsoring of conferences, meetings and seminars; and other efforts to educate and inform policy makers and the general public, as well as colleagues in the health, environment, development and related fields, around the world.
> The Hon. John Gibbons, Ph.D., Chair
> Army Coen, President
Population Action International
1300 19th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC20036, USA, Ph.: 001 (202)557-3400, Fax:001 (202)728-4177, E-mail : [email protected] , Website : www.populationaction.org
Oxfam Hong Kong is an independent and relief agency based in Hong Kong. It works with poor people regardless of race, sex, religion or politics in their struggle against poverty, distress and suffering. Its vision is for a world where people are equally assured of their rights with dignity and respect, including access to food, shelter, employment and health care, in a sustainable manner. Oxfam Hong Kong is a member of OXFAM International.
Set up in 1976, Oxfam Hong Kong works in partnership with poor people in long-term development work as well as in emergency responses to disasters. Its goal is to enhance people’s capacity to improve their own lives, to gain better access to resources and to help them fight poverty. It believe that one of the most important elements in society is participation – the knowledge, hard work and resourcefulness of the people themselves are vital ingredients in finding long-lasting solutions to solve often age-old problems.
Nature of oxfam’s Project: To the best of our knowledge, Oxfam Hong Kong supports projects of the following nature:
1) Organizing Marginalized People
Oxfam Hong Kong encourages the active participation of marginalized people. We therefore support projects that are initiated by the communities themselves or by local groups representing their interests, and projects that utilize organizing as a major working strategy.
2) Advocacy and Public Education
Oxfam Hong Kong supports advocacy projects that aim to address poverty and injustice and to bring about positive change in actualizing basic rights and in improving the socio-economic status of target beneficiaries, at the policy level and/or in society in general. Such advocacy activities include campaigns, media work, lobbying, network-building and research. It supports Public Education Projects aimed at raising awareness of the people.
3) Livelihood Development
Oxfam Hong Kong supports income-generation and livelihood development activities that bring positive changes to the economic situation of target beneficiaries.
4) It also supports projects on the issues of Women’s empowerment, environment, appropriate technology and on emergency & humanitarian assistance during some disasters.
In India, OXFAM Hong Kong is at present directly working in Uttranchal State only, while it is supporting other members of OXFAM International e.g. OXFAM, Community Aid Abroad in Maharashtra & Gujrat, OXFAM G.B. in Rajasthan & Orissa etc.
It has no office in India, though there is a representative in India, looking working through his home. For more details please contact the H.Q. or go through the website mentioned below –
OXFAM Hong Kong, l7/F, China United Centre, 28, Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong Tel.: 00852 2520 2525 Fax: 00852 2527 6307, E-mail : [email protected] Website : http://www.oxfam.org.hk
ORBIS is dedicated to the prevention of blindness … the saving of sight … the delivery of training… the transfer of skills… and the creation of a world where quality eye care, education and treatment are available to every human being.
ORBIS Mission Statement
ORBIS is a non-aligned, non-profit development organization. Our mission is to preserve and restore sight by strengthening the capacity of local partners to prevent and treat blindness.
Who We Are
37 million of the world’s people are blind and another 124 million have low vision and are at risk of becoming blind. 75% of them don’t have to be. Millions can be cured with low-cost techniques routinely practiced in many countries. Delivering those techniques to the people and countries that need them is the work of ORBIS international.
A three week training program by the ORBIS “Flying Eye Hospital” can educate 120 South Asian ophthalmologists in a new technique to treat glaucoma. Those trainees will, in turn, share their knowledge with their colleagues – multiplying the impact of the ORBIS program so that thousands of people are treated and cured.
A nurse in rural Africa can be trained – in one month – to diagnose and surgically treat trachoma. One nurse can prevent up to 120 cases trachoma-related corneal blindness in a year.
An eye bank is sponsored in Myanmar where the concept of eye banking and co meal donations has never existed. A new awareness emerges ad soon, dozens of healthy corneas are available for transplant. In a single year, over 100 cornea grafts are performed.
ORBIS applies a simple concept to a monumental problem. Clear in the awareness that solutions to preventable blindness readily exist in many places, we work to deliver them to countries and regions where they are most needed.
Since 1982, ORBIS has carried out over 700 short and long-term programs in 83 countries. We have trained more than 72,000 ophthalmologists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and other healthcare workers. They, intern, have provided treatment and training to hundreds of thousands of people in their home countries.
The work of ORBIS addresses an urgent humanitarian imperative largely hidden from public view. The high rate of preventable blindness worldwide is a tragedy of immense proportion. Its toll in lost productivity and opportunely for individual lives, as well as its economic impact on whole communities, is profound.
75% of global blindness, found mainly in the developing world, can be either treated or prevented. Treatments to prevent and cure blindness are among the cheapest and most cost effective healthcare interventions available, especially when measured against the cost in lost productivity and lifelong support associated with every case of blindness.
ORBIS is working to provide medical communities in developing countries with immediate and lasting access to the skills, knowledge and resources to prevent and cure the most common forms of preventable blindness.
The prevention of blindness is such an important issue that in 1998 ORBIS, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Helen Keller International (BKJ), and Sight Savers International, founded Vision 2020 : The Right to Sight, a worldwide concerted effort designed to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
Being a global leader in the efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness, ORBIS plays a key role in a number of worldwide coalitions including the Partnership Committee, an informal forum for international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to exchange information and ideas on the prevention of blindness, low vision, education and rehabilitation of the blind. Through the promotion of cooperative programming and the development of innovative strategies, the committee ensures that eye care needs are successfully met and efforts are not duplicated.
How We Work
Best known for our flying eye hospital, ORBIS delivers eye care and blindness prevention resources inform distinct ways:
In the Air, via the world’s only airborne eye hospital and training facility, a specially rebuilt DC-10.
At the Site, through scores of short-term hospital-based programs that build local blindness prevention capacity.
On the Ground, through long-term programs in five countries that work to build eye care and blindness prevention infrastructure on a larger scale.
In Cyberspace, through our new CYBER-SIGHT project that connects partner ophthalmologists throughout the world with one-one-one mentoring and case-by-case consultation via the internet.
Tel: 91-11-26960518, Fax: 91-11-251740094, E-mail: [email protected]
OBRIS Headquarters, Mohan Jacob Thazhathu, 520 8th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018 USA
Tel: 1-646-674-5500, Fax: 1-646-674-5599, E-mail: [email protected]
The Initial members of IDDC were agencies who were donor and implementing non-government organisations, including Disabled People’s Organisations based in Europe and North America and working in countries of the South. Agencies such as WHO and information exchange organisations attended occasionally as observers. From inception, the majority of agencies who attended the consortium meetings felt that IDDC should remain small and informal, but also efficient and effective.
Membership has so far been decided by the following criteria;
> A focus on disability and development work mostly through implementing programmes, but also through funding, disseminating information or advocacy.
> Maintaining a balance of representation from different countries.
> Ability to contribute the membership fee and to fund attendance at meetings.
> Commitment to collaborate with other member agencies and to actively contribute in & range of ways.
> For further information about membership, criteria and procedure for membership application,
please see IDDC Statutes.
What we do
Member organisations are involved in different types of programmes relating to disability and development. Some member agencies directly implement their own projects. Other agencies work closely with partner agencies – communities, non-government agencies or government ministries. The types of programmes member agencies are involved in include the following;
> Community-based rehabilitation programmes.
> Support to Disabled Peoples Organisations and Parents Associations.
> Disabled Child Rights and self-advocacy.
> Working towards elimination of preventable impairments.
> Deaf education and sign language promotion.
> Production of aids and equipment.
> Developing alternatives to institutional care, and improving institutional care.
> Care and Rehabilitation in Conflict, Refugee, Disaster and Emergency situations.
> Landmine awareness, campaigning and work with survivors.
> Inclusive education.
> Inclusive development through integrating disability into mainstream programmes.
> Campaigning against discrimination.
> Advocacy on disability rights, disabled women’s rights, and disabled children’s rights.
> Networking and promoting collaboration between north/south, disabled/non-disabled.
> Leprosy programmes.
> Tuberculosis control.
> Influencing the agenda of other donor and development agencies to include disability.
> Training and awareness raising.
> Production of resource materials.
> Production of newsletters and dissemination of information.
Where we work
IDDC members work in over 100 countries globally. The table available below shows which countries the different organisations work in. It also shows that types of projects that are supported in these countries when this information is available.
This table can be used by field staff and other organisations working in these countries, to contact IDDC members for collaboration and support.
IDDC is an informal consortium of independent agencies, all with their different funding criteria. As a consortium, IDDC does not currently have a budget or the capacity to provide funding for projects. Therefore IDDC is unfortunately unable to consider any funding applications.
However, we may be able to help by referring funding requests to our own individual member agencies related to their different areas of special focus; please contact the Administrator who will pass on your details appropriately. We may also be able to refer your request to other appropriate agencies. You can also find further information from the member agency’s web sites. More information about how member agencies fund disability and development work can be found on the Members page.
IDDC itself has a small budget raised from modest membership fees. This pays for the services of a part time co-ordinator (4 days per month), plus a part time administrator (4 days per month). It also contributes to travel for members carrying out IDDC business such as attending conferences or meetings on behalf of IDDC.
Email: [email protected]
IDDC Administrator : C/o Handicap International, Waterman House, 101-107 Chertsey Road, Working, Surrey
GU21 5BW5 UK
Email : [email protected] , Tel : +44 (0) 1252 821 429, Fax:+44 (0) 1252 821 428
Our vision is a world in which avoidable blindness and vision impairment do not limit any person’s well-being, personal development, employment and leisure, and family and community involvement. This is a world in which all people are able exercise their right to sight.
Our mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment, particularly that due to uncorrected refractive error.
Our Strategy is to :
> Create vision-related interventions that consistently deliver quality outcomes.
> Educate individuals, communities, organisations and governments in the possibilities for, and practicalities of, these interventions.
> Create opportunities for people in need to access these interventions.
> Collaborate with other partners and institutions.
Our programs support the development of eye care and its uptake by local people, through human resource and infrastructure development, and community education.
ICCE, Level 4 Rupert Myers Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia
Tel:+61 (2)9385 7435, Fax: +61 (2)9385 7436 Email: [email protected] , Website: http://www.icee.org
Dr. Vinod Prakash founded IDRF 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, over 14 years ago to serve the disadvantaged and underprivileged in India by raising funds, primarily from non-resident Indians in the United Having worked for 16 years as an economist for the World Bank, Dr. Prakash built IDRF around a vision of economically sustainable, grassroots development targeted to improve lives of impoverished masses.
IDRF’s mission is clear: to suppose volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their population’s critical needs around education, healthcare, and welfare, without regard to religion, caste or creed.
IDRF focuses on enabling the poor to overcome their deficiencies and empower them with necessary tools such as education to make them prosper as citizens of India. To ensure its philosophical roots, IDRF” works with NGOs who share the same vision and prioritizes its distribution to the development projects. The NGOs supported by IDRF are committed to provide the tribal and urban poor with high quality education, healthcare, and vocational training.
The results speak for themselves. Since inception, IDRF has expanded to twelve active chapters throughout the United States and its annual funds raised have grown tenfold. While IDRF has raised a total of $ 10 million since 1987, nearly 90 percent of that has been raised in the last five years alone. IDRF has distributed or is in the process of distributing $6.1 Million (between 1996 to 2002) to NGOs in India and America. Amazingly, IDRF has spent only less than I % on overhead since inception. IDRF is not aware of any other non-profit of comparable size that can make a similar claim.
Volunteers, The IDRF Backbone
IDRF volunteers run the organization without any paid staff onboard. These volunteers tend to be working professionals with families inspired by an eagerness to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged Indians. As such, IDRF accomplishes its work with minimal overhead.
IDRF works with several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in India to carryout various services to the poor and needy without discriminating against caste, race, religion or creed, NGOs are selected after a careful scrutiny on their credentials, past success, services focus and administration costs.
IDRF funds development, relief and rehabilitation activities in India. Development projects are focused on five key areas : education, healthcare, childcare, women, and tribal welfare. Relief and rehabilitation support is funded during natural or man-made calamities such as Orissa super cyclone, Gujarat earthquake or Kargil war.
Home > Contacts > IDRF India
> IDRF, 8-3-222/1/5, Besides: Classic Homes Apartments, Lane Besides: Allahabad Bank, Madhuranagar,
Hydrabad – 500 038, Andhra Pradesh. Email : [email protected].
Ph : +91-40-27090798, Fax:+91 113517373 (sewa)
> IDRF, Sewa International, Apte Bhavan, Keshav Kunj, Jhandewala, New Delhi 110 005
Vijay Kumar Mallampati, Email : [email protected] , Ph : +91-40-27090798 Dr. Rajesh Sinha, Email : [email protected] , Tel/Fax :+91 113517373
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
NGOs play a key role in delivering services to beneficiaries. IDRF depends on NGOs to ensure that donations are properly utilized. Hence IDRF exercises extreme caution in selecting NGOs and supporting their projects.
Characteristics of IDRF Supported NGOs
> Focused on achieving self-sufficiency and self-help rather than create an environment of welfare dependence.
> Non-discriminately and must serve the beneficiaries without regard to caste, sect, region or religion
> Registered charitable organization eligible for tax exemption under sections 80 (G) and 12 A(a) of Income Tax Act of 1961 and provide IDRF with proof of such registration. (its Section 80G ID).
> Financially responsibale and transparent. NGOs must provide audited financial reports to IDRF when requested.
> Volunteer-based with minimal overhead.
> Exhibits proven track record of envisioning and executing projects on time and within budget.
IDRF supports NGOs on a project-by-project basis. Projects are classified into three categories:
> Development projects in IDRF focus areas : children, women, healthcare, education and tribal welfare.
> Relief activities for victims of disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes Rehabilitation activities for victims of disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes.
How to Seek Funding from IDRF ?
IDRF always welcomes NGOs who are working in IDRF focus areas. In order to seek funds for projects, NGOs can approach IDRF. NGOs or NGO representative in the USA may complete the Grant Request Form (for Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation, for Donor Sponsored Projects) and send it to IDRF.
For more details please see the website : http://www.idrf.org or email at : [email protected]
ICCO’s mission is to work towards a world where poverty and injustice are no longer present.
ICCO’s work consists in financing activities which stimulate and enable people, in their own way, to organise dignified housing and living conditions. ICCO is active in countries in Africa and the Middle East, in Asia and the Pacific, in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Central and Eastern Europe.
ICCO co-operates with church and non-church organisations which are directly involved with the people who are the prime target group. ICCO respects the individual culture, history and social role of the organisations concerned. In co-operating, ICCO considers it important to actively listen to, and think with these organisations.
ICCO has its roots in the Dutch Protestant-Christian churches and is partner in various national and international collaborations. Furthermore, ICCO will co-operate with anyone who shares its ideals. ICCO is actively involved in this wide range of collaborations to boost the effects of its financing work and to mobilize expertise and information that is available within its organization for lobbying and counseling purpose.
ICCO finds its inspiration in the Christian tradition and mission, in experiences and stories from partners who mostly have a different cultural background and who have different sources of inspiration, and in dialogues about these matters within its organisation.
ICCO is one of the six co-financing organisations in the Netherlands and for performing its duties it receives about 133 million Euros from the Dutch and European governments, and from organisations participating in ICCO. ICCO is accountable to politicians and society for the way in which these moneys are spent.
In the long term, ICCO strives for the structural reduction of poverty and the realisation of internationally recognised human rights.
Poverty manifests itself primarily in the South, but its causes lie in both the South and the North.
For this reason. ICCO seeks on the one hand to make a relevant contribution to structural poverty alleviation in developing countries, and on the other hand to promote structures, systems and processes that contribute globally to a more equitable distribution and power These long-term objectives have been elaborated into three policy themes :
ICCO was founded in 1964 and has grown ever since. In 2000 ICCO merged with SOH (Dutch Inter chrurch Aid – DIA) and Service Abroad (DOG). The organisation consists of a board and 204 employees who are active in the Board of Directors, the Projects department, the Policy department, the Communication Department or in the Internal Affairs Department ……
ICCO’s most important instrument is the financing of development projects and programme.
ICCO also has four additional ways to make its poverty alleviation efforts more effective.
These are used as much as possible in combination :
(Access to) Basic Social Service
Large groups of poor people and their children are denied access to education, health care water, nutrition and food.
ICCO chooses to primarily work on improving the living conditions of the most marginalized groups, such as women, children, rural people and minorities.
Special attention is paid to rural areas where basic social services are most lacking.
ICCO urges partner organisations to put more pressure on their governments to guarantee access to affordable basic social services, nutrition and food ………
Fair Economic Development (FED)
ICCO has chosen the theme of Fair Economic Development (FED) because it gives people hope for an income and prosperity and because it contributes to transparent and fair production and trade. Important factors include alliances of producers, companies, knowledge holders, NGO’s and governments.
On the one hand, ICCO finances and supports programmes focused on concrete economic activities, and on the other hand, it works on influencing policy in areas such as international trade. Wherever necessary, ICCO reconsiders its support for partner organisations …..
Democratisation and Peace Building
Democratisation and Peace Building increase the chances for economic and social progress. Activities within this theme contribute to good collective facilities, regulations and institutions, and they fight against corruption. They promote traditional human rights or economic, social and cultural rights and they increase access to these rights, especially for weak target groups such as women, children and minorities.
Over the coming period, ICCO will pay extra attention to conflict prevention and peace building as well as to the conciliatory role of religion and churches. …….
Our New visitor’s address :
Joseph Haydniaan 2a, 3533 AE Utrecht, The Netherlands
P.O. Box 8190, 3503 RD Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel:+31 (0) 30 692 78 11 Fax:+31 (0) 30 692 56 14
E-mail: [email protected]
Hivos is a non-governmental organisation, rooted in the Netherlands and guided by humanist values, that wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world where citizens, women and men, have equal access to resources, opportunities and markets and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.
The organisation is committed to the poor and marginalised – and to the organisations which promote their interests – in countries in the South and in South-East Europe. Sustainable improvement of their situation is the ultimate benchmark for Hivos’s work. An important cornerstone hirer is strengthening of the position of women in society.
Hivos most important activity consists in providing financial and political support for local NGO’s Besides offering finance and advice, Hivos is also active in networking, lobbying and in exchanging knowledge and expertise, not only at international level, but also in the Netherlands. Civil society building, economic activity and sustainable production are Hivos’ central policy areas In a European context, Hivos works closely with like-minded development organisations in Alliance 2015. Hivos prefers lobby internationally on issues with public appeal in close co-operation with pre-eminent southern or international partner organisations, or – in the case of the EU-within the Euro step framework.
Within the Netherlands, Hivos joins forces with civil society organisations which have expertise in one of its own major policy domains. In addition, Hivos works closely with kindred organizations within the framework of the MBN and the South-North Federation.
Hivos also supports and participates in a number of special initiatives, such as the North-South Plan, the Hivos Culture Fund and the “Access for all” programme. The North-South Plan, operated jointly by Hivos and Triodes Bank, makes savings available for lending in the South. The Hivos Culture Fund Supports activities in the field of culture and the arts. “Access for all” is a campaign which Hivos has developed to promote the use of information and communication technology (ICT).
Hivos’ network embraces approx. 30 countries and over 850 partner organisations. In the course of 2003 Hivos disbursed nearly 67 million euro as grants or loans. These funds were provided by the Dutch government, the EU, donors and savers, and private institutions.
Hivos has a total staff of totals approx. 130 Some of the work is done in four regional offices located in Zimbabwe, India, Indonesia and Costa Rica. These regional offices are primarily responsible for contacts with partner organisations, offering them services as advisor, supervisor and coach.
Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (in Dutch: Humanistic Institute voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) was set up in 1968 by the Dutch Humanist League, the Vereniging Weezenkas (United Orphans’ Fund) and Humanitas. Hivos has a Management Board, a Supervisory Board and an Advisory Council. Hivos has received ISO certification and the CBF seal of approval.
Hivos’ aim is a world in which people are equal and in which no limits are set on people’s opportunities for development.
To that end Hivos offers financial and political support for civil organisations (NGOs) and initiatives that share Hivos’ goals. In addition to funding, Hivos is networking, lobbying and sharing knowledge in the international arena as well as in The Netherlands.
Hivos relates to a diversity of actors in civil society, and seeks its alliances in different domains (economy, culture, human rights, gender equality and environment) and in different hemispheres. In The Netherlands, in Europe and world-wide it joins forces with like-minded organisations that share the same goals.
Hivos is convinced that if people are given a fair chance, they have nearly endless possibilities : Hivos – people unlimited.
Hivos core activity is giving financial and political support to civil organisations and initiatives. Hivos other core activities include linking and networking, lobby and knowledge sharing.
> Funding : Hivos provides financial resources to organisations world-wide to enable them to carry out their activities and in doing so, achieve their specific objectives as well as the objectives of Hivos. Hivos deals quickly with funding requests, provides long-term and flexible funding, is willing to fund core costs of an organisation and is ready to take risks in funding new, untested initiatives.
> Linking and networking : Hivos promotes and supports networking and exchange between organisations world-wide, i.e. between organisations in the South & East, between organisations in South & East and North, and between organisations in the North. As a global actor Hivos is well positioned to promote such networking because of its own international contacts which cross many borders, its specialized sectoral organisation and its Regional Offices, and because it can provide necessary funding for network activities. Hivos stimulates the use of ICTs as a powerful resources for networking and global interaction.
> Lobbying : Hivos’ lobbying activities focus on the Dutch government, Dutch decision makers, the Dutch public opinion, the EU, the IFIs and other international organisations. Both at home and abroad, two main domains can be distinguished : lobby in order to reinforce ‘civil society’ positions in international co-operation, and issue-based lobby related to Hivos’ expertise. Hivos’ prefers joining forces with renowned southern and international partner organisations for lobbying internationally.
> Education : the Hivos educational activities aim to reinforce the support base for international co-operation, to contribute to public awareness, and to stimulate critical reflection and debate on questions of just and sustainable development world-wide. As far as content is concerned, educational activities usually focus on the same issues as Hivos’ lobby activities.
> Knowledge Sharing : Hivos wants to unlock its own knowledge in a more systematic way to the benefit of its broad range of partners, and create a platform where partners themselves (and other interested groups and individuals) can add and exchange information and knowledge and learn from experiences elsewhere.
> Hivos is driven by ideals and implements them in a professional and efficient way.
> Hivos is inspired by the power of diversity: it recognises the importance and value of a plurality and diversity of actors, approaches and contexts.
> Hivos considers itself part of civil society, notwithstanding the predominantly public origin of its funding and the value it attaches to good relations with the Dutch government.
> Hivos wants to be open and accountable to its constituencies and to its public and private financiers.
> Hivos values the driving force and inspiration of innovation, it creates room for the new and the unknown, and takes calculated risks.
> Hivos cares about the quality of its work and its relationships; striving to be a learning organisation it has organised its quality systems, it is eager to realize improvements and it is open to criticism.
> Hivos is aware that its performance is key to its existence, and that the people working at and collaborating with Hivos are crucial in creating these results.
Hivos Head office
Address for post:
P.O. Box 85565,2508 CG The Hague
Address for visitors:
Raamweg 16,2596 HL The Hague
Tel : +31 (0) 70 376 5500
Fax : +31 (0) 70 362 46 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.hivos.nl , www.hivos.org (virtual office)
Regional Office India
Hivos Regional Office South Asia/India
Flat no. 402, Eden Park, No. 20 Vittal Mallya Road
Bangalore 560001, India
Tel:+91 (0) 80 2221 05 14, Fax:+91 (0) 80 2227 03 6′
E-mail: [email protected]