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Building movements: Five strategies for change

Hivos has developed five strategies for promoting the voices and choices of marginalized people, while strengthening civil society.

  1. Supporting frontrunners
  2. Forging multi-actor initiatives
  3. Influencing policies and practices
  4. Moving the middle
  5. Boosting local ownership
Which strategy we apply, and when, greatly depends on the context and the local organizations we work with. What all our strategies have in common is our expertise in grant making, enabling organizations and movements to reach their goals by distributing funds to them from larger donors and donor countries. This includes ensuring that these funds are spent effectively, transparently and accountably.