Hivos Middle East & North Africa

Middle East & North Africa

What we do

Citizens mostly have more rights on paper than in practice. In many countries, free elections and progressive laws exist alongside poverty, widespread corruption and government unaccountability.
Freedom of expression is the oxygen of an open, inclusive society. Where there is room for dissent and new voices, there is space for people with all their differences.
Little by little, more girls are going to school, more women have political power and more rights are enshrined in law. Yet gender equality still seems a pipe dream.