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  • Hivos was founded in 1968 and is based in Netherlands .
  • Type of organisation: NGO

We believe that human life is valuable and that people are filled with potential. Living a life in freedom and dignity, with respect for each other and the planet, leads to greater individual wellbeing and fair, vibrant societies.

Renewable Energy creates access - particularly for marginalized people living in remote areas - to clean energy without destroying the environment, in a sustainable way in order to alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and propel economic development.

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Key Activities
Hivos’ Renewable Energy programmes focus on governments and large corporations as well as people without access to modern forms of energy. Hivos and its partners demonstrate that renewable energy is not a pipe dream or an alternative, but simply the best choice. We do that by making simple, smart and clean off-grid technologies accessible to poor people in remote areas, like biodigesters, biomass briquetting and solar power systems, or mini-grids running on liquid biofuels, amongst others. Key projects include Green and Inclusive Energy Programme (advocacy and capacity building of southern CSOs), the African Biogas Partnership Programme, Sumba Iconic Island, Energy Change Lab and SEforAll.
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Target Groups
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Energy Solution Focus
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Where we work
Our regions of operation are: Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean.

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Countries where Hivos is active: 43 in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America

Offices abroad: 4 regional hubs and 6 country offices.
Contact Details
We work together with the following ACCESS coalition partners: Central American Alliance for Energy Sustainability (ACCESE), Centre for Rural Technology (CRT) - Nepal, Climate Action Network – Tanzania, Energia, Energy4Impact, Energypedia, Hivos, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) - Indonesia, Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG), Kopernik, National Gender and Energy Network (NGSEN) - Tanzania, Oxfam, Practical Action, Asociacion Renovables - Nicaragua, Solar Sister, SNV, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), World Resources Institute (WRI), ZERO Regional Environmental Organisation - Zimbabwe.
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