Our Mission

We believe that well designed and effectively implemented public policy increases prosperity and improves the lives of people in the world’s poorest countries. But for policy change to achieve real and lasting impact, it cannot be imposed from the outside – it must be developed, debated and owned locally. This is why Kivu International works with local institutions that seek to influence and improve policy in their own countries to help them bring about the change they want to see.

How We Work

The support we provide draws on our own extensive experience of how policy change happens. We know first-hand how difficult creating and delivering policy is for any government. We understand the challenges faced by think tanks, research institutes and civil society organisations who want to inform and influence policy in politically-charged environments.

First, we listen to our local partners: they know the local context best. We ask them about their challenges, about their ambitions and how things really work on the ground. From this we develop a tailored package of support, mentoring and advice. Our collaborative approach works by giving local institutions the tools, insights and skills they need to effect real and lasting change.

Our Values

Locally-led

We listen to local organisations and work with them to bring about the change they wish to see.

Trust

As outsiders, our advice and support is only taken on-board because we invest in building relationships with our partners.

Collaboration

We build on the ideas and expertise of those we work with – learning always runs both ways.

Politically Savvy

We recognise that policy change is complicated, messy and always political.

Professionalism

We continually challenge ourselves and ask how we can we most effectively respond to local needs because tried-and- tested methods do not work in every context.

Politically Savvy

We recognise that policy change is complicated, messy and always political.

Professionalism

We continually challenge ourselves and ask how we can we most effectively respond to local needs because tried-and-tested methods do not work in every context.