Hivos in ACP-EU Energy Project

A consortium of non-governmental organisations, including Hivos Southern Africa, has been selected by the European Union (EU) to establish mini grid energy systems in two rural areas of Malawi and Zimbabwe. The three year pilot project aims to provide access to energy services to marginalized communities in the two countries. It is also being implemented within the [&hellip

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Little Stove Makes Big Difference in Zambia

A little stove known as Peko Pe is not only saving trees but bringing an affordable source of energy to a rural community in Zambia. Jacqueline Vergeer, 35, who started using the Peko Pe recently said that she had found it to be very effective and efficient, helping her to save the money she used [&hellip

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Wake Up Call for Zambian MPs

Lusaka, Zambia – Common Cause Zambia (CCZ) in collaboration with Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) and Panos Southern Africa recently held a meeting with twenty three Members of Parliament (MPs) in Zambia to address issues around the management and utilisation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Representatives from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, [&hellip

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Digital Age Challenges Zimbabwean Journalism

In Zimbabwe, as in many countries across the world, the digital revolution is transforming the field of journalism, presenting new and unprecedented challenges. The Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), a professional media self-regulatory body set up in 2007 to promote media freedom and ethical journalism, recently convened a panel discussion to spotlight the challenges [&hellip

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Project Empowers Young People With Access to Information

Kariba, Zimbabwe – A pioneering project in Kariba, a small town located approximately 365 kilometres northwest of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, is  seeking to enhance young peoples’ innovative and creative potential through expanding access to diverse sources of information. Young people who make up nearly 60 per cent of the town’s 26,000 strong population face  uncertainty [&hellip

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Hivos participates in World Bank agriculture study

The World Bank Group has invited Hivos to participate in the “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA) study which is envisioned as a tool to inform and encourage policy change in the agricultural sector. According to a World Bank statement, Hivos was selected because of its sustainable agricultural programmes and its involvement in improving the [&hellip

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Policy Gaps Mar Renewable Energy Progress in Zimbabwe

The uptake of renewable energy products is slowly growing in Zimbabwe but is being seriously hampered by the lack of policy alignment and a strong regulatory framework. Paradoxically, Zimbabwe is naturally endowed with plenty of sunshine hours throughout the year making solar energy a candidate in the pursuit for energy solutions Hoever, the supply of energy for [&hellip

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Training Boosts Zimbabwean Campaign Against Child Labour

The campaign against child labour in Zimbabwe has received a boost from capacity building and training aimed at strengthening the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe (CACLAZ) so it can take the lead in promoting the “area-based child labour free zones” model in Zimbabwe. The coalition, which comprises General Agricultural Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe [&hellip

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Malawi Makes Progress Against Child Marriages

Child marriages are rampant in Malawi, fueled mainly by poverty, patriarchy and traditional-cultural attitudes and practices. However, campaign efforts against the practice are beginning to bear fruit with the country recently adopting a law to raise the marrying age. The country’s parliament has unanimously approved a bill that raises the marrying age to 18 from [&hellip

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Zimbabwe’s Internet Badly Needs An Injection of Content

By Chief K.Masimba | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba Zimbabwe’s internet space is so dry that it needs an injection of life. And that injection is made up of one thing: content. In the absence of that injection, the relevance of the internet to Zimbabwean lives and livelihoods will continue to be a pipe [&hellip

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