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Everyone should be free to live a safe and dignified life, have a family and make their contribution to society. The Other Foundation works to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people - because of who they are or who they love - from being able to do that in southern Africa. We gather support for those who are working to advance equality and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people - and we give support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
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New Research: Roots – A Conceptual
Framework for the Involvement of Parents
and Families in Advocacy for LGBTI Equality
and Freedom in Southern Africa
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The role that families play in advocating for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in communities in southern Africa has not received as much attention as it deserves. Our new publication is called Roots, because of the powerful comments from some of the parents of LGBTI people that their LGBTI children are “from the same tree branch” as them, and because families enable LGBTI people to find an authentic “sense of belonging that is true to their roots.”

The paper Roots: A conceptual framework for the involvement of parents and families in advocacy for LGBTI equality and freedom in southern Africa, reports on the experiences of LGBTI people and their families in Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It highlights the role that the involvement of parents and families can play in the advocacy for LGBTI equality and freedom in our region including suggestions on ways to empower families to promote LGBTI acceptance in their homes, communities, and countries.

For LGBTI people, the family can be the first place of rejection and damaging homophobia, transphobia and interphobia. Yet families can also be the best form of love and support that an LGBTI person can receive. Even initially hostile family members can grow to accept their LGBTI children, grandchildren and siblings. It may take time, emotional labour, vulnerability and courage for parents and family to accept their LGBTI child, however once parents and the family accept a LGBTI child, wanting the state to do the same is a natural next step.

Click here to download, Roots, by Wendy Kessman and Tahila Pimental.

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Authenticity Above All: The Foundation’s
Donor Engagement Approach
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The Other Foundation advances the equality and freedom of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa, primarily through fundraising and grant making. The complexity inherent with working with different donors at once means that the Foundation must establish some coherence in how it thinks about and navigates specific opportunities, interests, and risks in its donor engagement work, and in its work as a donor.

As a public community foundation and not an endowed private foundation the Foundation is, and will for the foreseeable future, be a donor dependent agency. To attain the level of financial investment required to achieve the necessary scale and quality of impact that the Foundation’s mission requires, the Foundation must tap into many sources of funding at the same time. This makes donors an important interest group for the Foundation.

Click here to read the Foundation’s donor engagement policy, a policy framework that articulates the core values that will inform the Foundation’s donor engagement approach in general.

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You Make the Foundation Better:
External Evaluation Outcomes
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We are immensely grateful to Hope Chigudu and Dawn Cavanagh for leading an external evaluation of the Foundation’s programmes, and to the many people from many different countries who participated in focus group discussions, individual interviews, electronic surveys, and an online public perception survey that were done by the reviewers.

Please click here to read the summary report from the review process.

Your feedback has been invaluable in the thinking about and planning of the Foundation’s work, and will help to make the Other Foundation a stronger, more relevant and more resilient community resource for LGBTI people in southern Africa.

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In it Together - Our COVID-19 Response Plan in Action
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Photo by: Thomas deLuze on Unsplash
The Other Foundation adopted a COVID-19 response plan to optimize available funding to build resilience against any rollback on the gains of the LGBTI movement in our region, by supporting the groups whose continued existence is vulnerable to the shock that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present. 

We have given COVID-19 grants to groups operating in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe as well as to organizations operating in the Africa region more broadly. Through our response plan, LGBTI groups and the communities they serve in the region have received support for personal protective equipment and support for remote working while their work places have been closed due to lockdown restrictions. We have also supported efforts for the documentation of human rights violations during the pandemic.

A total of ZAR723,720 has been allocated or adapted for response to the pandemic, with support to more groups currently in the pipeline.

Please continue to take the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus including the necessary individual and/or group social distancing measures.

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Traditional Leaders as Defenders of the Human Rights
of LGBTI People in Malawi
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Photo by Nate Greno on Unsplash

Panos Institute Southern Africa, in partnership with Malawi’s Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) are working towards greater involvement of traditional leaders in the protection and advocacy for the human rights of LGBTI people in Malawi. This project is aimed at addressing the socio-cultural factors which lead to homophobia, discrimination and abuse.

Citing low human rights knowledge and a lack of understanding of sexual diversity by traditional leaders a human rights brief titled Role of traditional leaders in advocating for human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi, has been developed as part of the project. It contains simplified human rights information aimed at building in the leaders, an appreciation of the role they should play in addressing homophobia and discrimination. In addition, sensitization workshops have been held with leaders as well as dialogues with the broader community.

The Other Foundation is supporting this ongoing project with a grant to the amount of ZAR200,000. Click here to download a copy of Role of traditional leaders in advocating for human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi.

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Research Grant Applications Open:
Under Wraps Malawi
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The data sets from Under Wraps, a nationally representative survey of the opinions of 1,300 Malawians about homosexuality and gender non-conformity are now being made available to researchers for further research.

The Other Foundation seeks expressions of interest to work with the data in a variety of ways with this dataset that is now available to the public. Interested researchers will be supported to work with activists and advocates to deepen this knowledge and analysis further, so that more insights can inform their efforts to advance the human rights, safety, and social inclusion of gay and lesbian people in Malawi.

Click here to apply for access to the data and for a research grant.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
Thandeka Mukuku

Thandeka Mukuku

Programme Support Officer

Thandeka is a social entrepreneur who founded the queer activist group Thanda Afrika which promotes human rights awareness through the performing arts. She previously worked as TrustAfrica’s convenings associate for the Zimbabwe Alliance and as an assistant gender programme officer at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). Thandeka has volunteered at several international events and processes including the 2016 International AIDS Conference and as a peer reviewer in the Other Foundation’s grant making process.

tmukuku@theotherfoundation.org

Neville Gabriel

Thapelo Sekoma

Personal Assistant to the
Chief Executive Officer

Thapelo has several years’ experience working as an executive assistant in the philanthropy sector. He previously volunteered as an assistant librarian in the Nokeng tsa Taemane Municipal Library before working for several years at a private executive travel company. He has an NQF4 certificate from the Academy of Business and Computer Studies in South Africa, an IT diploma from PC Training and Business College, and speaks seven South African languages.

tsekoma@theotherfoundation.org

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