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Who we are

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About Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial

Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial is an Indonesian organization, born out of an active collaboration between Netherlands based Hivos and several like-minded Indonesian academics and civil society leaders who subscribe to the values and mission of Hivos.

The agenda for such a collaboration was set in the context of Hivos’s desire to phase out its direct presence in Southeast Asia by promoting sincere decentralization and local ownership. As the name itself suggests, the purpose underpinning establishment of the new entity is to promote humanistic values in the social, health, and cultural fields which is defined in terms of the ability for each individual to assess and decide independently and responsibly, the right to freedom, dignity and a passion to create a just and tolerant society.

Given the above outlined context, Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial will conduct the foundation’s launch event on 30 March 2021 which aims at introducing the foundation establishment to all stakeholders.


The YH vision is one of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. We envision just and sustainable societies in Southeast Asia, where diverse people and communities thrive and prosper together, have equitable access to resources, and are free from the threats of environmental degradation and climate change. In these societies, all citizens can exercise their rights and freedoms, join with others to make positive change, influence decisions that affect them, and hold those in power to account. Governments and powerholders in society will be open and accountable, respect and protect the rights of all, and work to address the causes of environmental and social injustice.


Our mission is to support rightsholders—women, girls, and marginalized groups, including people with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ groups, indigenous communities, youth, and elderly people–to develop their individual and collective powers to claim their rights and hold governments and powerholders at all levels of society to account in support of social and environmental justice. We help people find new solutions to persistent societal challenges of discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and unsustainable resource use. Engaging multiple stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to societal problems, working with allies and contributing to movements for change, and changing discriminatory public attitudes and norms are key elements in our strategies to end rights abuses and discrimination and bring solutions to scale.

Yayasan Hivos Strategic-Plan (PDF)


Sustainability Report 2022: Setting-Up Directions Toward A Just and Sustainable Societies in Southeast Asia

This is the first Sustainability Report published by Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial covering its operations in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. This annually published report is developed in accordance with the GRI Global Reporting Standards on Sustainability Reporting as a media to convey information to all stakeholders regarding the achievements, performance, commitment, initiatives and impact of the Foundation since its official start of operation in 1 April 2021 until 31 December 2022.

More on the Sustainability Report 2022

Download Sustainability Report 2022 (PDF)