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Who we are

Voice is an innovative grant facility that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in ten low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa and Asia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind.

Voice is an initiative of and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands as part of their overall policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ and is executed by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos.

Other programmes under this policy framework are the Strategic Partnerships on Dialogue and Dissent and the Accountability Fund. The Ministry has a long tradition of supporting civil society organisations operating in low- and middle-income countries. The Ministry has a representative on the Advisory Board, which provides overall strategic guidance to the Consortium.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, they oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of the planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Hivos' primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why Hivos cooperates with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. Hivos shares a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies. More about Hivos

About Oxfam Novib

Oxfam Novib is part of a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty for everyone. They help people build better lives for themselves, and when disasters strike they save and rebuild lives. Together they take on the big issues that keep people poor, such as inequality, discrimination against women, climate change, and the eviction of people from their land. And they won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty. Their vision is a just world without poverty. More about Oxfam Novib.

Roles Oxfam and Hivos

Hivos and Oxfam Novib have formed a consortium to implement Voice, combining the strengths of both organisations:

    • Oxfam Novib and Hivos together manage over 1,500 grants a year, including capacity strengthening, innovation and investment grants.
    • Oxfam Novib and Hivos are experienced in transformative leadership development and linking and learning.
    • Hivos has a strong track record on innovation, technology and creativity (arts and culture) and specific expertise in the field of LGBTI and children. Hivos has a great network of progressive frontrunners, role models and change agents.
    • Oxfam Novib has a long history in undertaking lobby and advocacy work. Oxfam Novib is specialised in strengthening influencing capacities of local civil society actors.

Oxfam Novib and Hivos have already worked together in joint campaigning and lobbying and joint programme management and implementation (e.g. the “Women on the Frontline” programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs).


  • Advisory Board

    The Advisory Board acts as a sounding board for the Voice coordination and country teams. It provides advice on key components of Voice - including the methodology for the mid-term and final review and work with the various target groups - and it endorses the annual plans and budgets. In addition the Advisory Board makes an active contribution to the long-term financial sustainability of Voice as well as serving as Voice ambassadors to further Voice’s objectives regarding dissemination, awareness raising and credibility.

  • Steering Committee

    The Steering Committee is responsible for alignment with respective organisational strategies and quality standards, supervision of the programme manager, approval of reports and recruitment. A representative of both Oxfam Novib and Hivos have the authority and capacity to make decisions on key matters including the final say in appeals about grant decisions.

  • Coordination team

    The coordination team guarantees upstream and downward accountability, support to country offices, oversight and provides a framework and guidelines for coherence and strategic direction. It ensures local to global, global to local and local to local linking and learning, and builds and protects branding and positioning of Voice. The team establishes partnerships and provides grants to global actors.

  • Country Teams

    Most programme activities are managed by country staff based in the countries where Voice is implemented. The decentralised approach means flexible decision making where local teams define priority groups and thematic priorities, involve local stakeholders and promote Voice.