Hivos is the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation located at The Hague, The Netherlands. It is a non-governmental organisation guided by humanist values. A number of its core values are human dignity and self determination, an aversion to dogmas and totalitarian regimes, and a sense of mutual solidarity. The organisation is committed to poor and marginalised peoples in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It strives for the long-term improvement of their circumstances and for the empowerment of women in particular.
The Hivos Knowledge Programmes , of which the Promoting Pluralism is a part, is the platform for knowledge development on issues imperative to the global development sector. The development sector needs new knowledge, and more specifically, appropriate knowledge to tackle specific knowledge gaps. This programme aims at developing knowledge on issues central to the work of civil society organisations and for the development sector at large.
Kosmopolis was founded in 2004 by the University for Humanist Studies in consultation with the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos). The institute functions as an expertise – and resource centre and focuses on interdisciplinary teaching, training, research and networking on cosmopolitan dimensions of Humanism in a globalizing world. Kosmopolis activities are project based and include educational – and research programs on human development and human rights, international and intercultural dialogue and sustainable development.
CSCS was established in 1996 by a group of scholars interested in developing new approaches to studying culture in India. The major thrust of CSCS has been to understand culture in its most inclusive sense – as encompassing the diverse attempts of people to produce meaning of various kinds. Such an endeavour will pose a serious challenge to the existing disciplines, and have a significant impact on cultural policy as well as alter the place occupied by ‘culture’ in our political understanding. We use the phrase ‘culture and society’ to emphasize that culture must be seen not as a transcendent entity but as part of a network of social and political relations, indeed as integral to the formation of such relations.
CRCS was established in 2000. The initial idea was to start a center of learning and research focusing on religious studies, based on reflection on Indonesian religious lives. The primary vision of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies is to promote the development of a democratic, multicultural and just society in Indonesia by establishing a center of excellence on religious studies with an International reputation.
The Cross-cultural Foundation of Uganda is a registered, not-for-profit non-governmental organization. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting culture as essential for equitable and sustainable development in Uganda. CCFU promotes the recognition of culture as vital for human development that responds to national identity and diversity.