Schout - Loe

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Loe Schout (59) is head of the Culture, ICT & Media department at Hivos and managing the ‘Expression and Engagement programme’.  Earlier he worked as social and cultural worker, freelance journalist and communication professional. Over the years Schout studied social work, political theory, communications and history in Driebergen (HBO cultural work) and Leiden (Leiden University, not finished). Loe Schout was actively involved in various new and innovative Hivos' initiatives such as the Hivos Culture Fund, the Access for All program (on ICT & media) and the Hivos online dissemination and web strategy. A recent initiative is the successful Metropolis TV and online project, a global collective of citizen video journalists and young film makers, together with Dutch broadcaster VPRO TV.  And in Africa, Schout is directly and indirectly responsible for various recent media and access to information initiatives such as the Tanzania Media Fund, Twaweza (East Africa), the Kenya Media Programme and ATTI and the Africa Technology & Transparency Fund (Africa wide).