Opening up contracts for a better diet
Relying on the school meal program in Bolivia
“How can I help these children get better and healthier food?” Estefanía Rada remembers asking herself this back when she was working as a volunteer teacher at local schools in La Paz, Bolivia. The children in her classes, aged 7 to 10, would eat breakfast at school, thanks to the government’s school meal program.
My transgender identity: a story of resilience and strength
This is a glimpse into a prejudiced, rural, and non-inclusive Nicaragua which is at the same time diverse, courageous, and resilient. LGBTIQ activist Jacob Ellis tells us the story of Yasuri Potoy Ortiz, a young trans woman. Narrated in the first person, the story shows what life is like for trans people in Nicaragua and […]
We bring our colors out with pride to celebrate
To honor the fall of Vicky and Bessy and the tens of LGBT people murdered every year in Honduras, we bring our colors out with pride to celebrate diversity and fight for our rights. We realize our fight will not end here, but together with brave people like Osman and Kory we are one step closer.
Raising voices around the world
Reflecting on five years of Citizen Agency
In a country plagued by corruption, how can you prevent another toxic mining spill? Is it possible to end malnutrition without listening to everyone’s ideas, mothers’ as well as ministers’? Or, propel women’s development when their needs are mere footnotes in energy policy planning? For this, you need to partner with courageous and determined civil society organizations.
Transparency platform takes on mining tycoon’s toxic spill
Fighting for justice
How the “worst environmental disaster in modern times” leads to a transparency platform in Mexico. Designed by Hivos partner PODER, the platform aims to improve corporate accountability. Let us take you back to August 6, 2014.
Open up contracting, open up health
Choosing the life of an activist
Oscar Guzman lives with HIV. This means he needs to take medication for the rest of his life. “I know the fear of not having access to these medicines,” he explains. Many people living with HIV don’t have access to treatment. In Guatemala, there are about 50,000 people living with HIV, but only 16,000 of them receive treatment.
Nicole: black and indigenous; activist and mother, defending human rights in Honduras
Nicole isn’t just an afro. She is a woman, she is black, she is indigenous, she is Garifuna. A manager, an activist, a mother, a daughter, a sister – and much more. And we also know she is ready to defend her entire family and the entire community from the prejudice that has haunted them for centuries.
The crucial role of open contracting in the COVID-19 crisis
Transparency needed in Latin America’s health purchases
The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in a way that seemed unimaginable only weeks ago. While governments struggle to keep their health systems afloat, stocks dwindle and prices of medical equipment surge. In response, the call for transparency and accountability in health procurement is growing.
“Without the jungle, our lives are over”
How indigenous communities in Ecuador fight to preserve the Amazon rainforest
“When I was a kid, the oil companies had already started invading our territories. They gave us presents and food, so I had no idea what harm they were doing to our land. But my grandparents taught me that we shouldn’t give these companies access to our lands.”