International Development

Leaving no one behind, challenging discrimination and disadvantage

Grants are considered by invitation only.

In 2015 the Foundation launched a new programme that aims to empower locally based civil society organisations to address discrimination and disadvantage based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity in sub-Saharan Africa.

We believe that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities violates basic human rights, but also hampers broader development. Tackling discrimination can lead to fairer, more just communities and allows for development that benefits all in society equally.

We have a long term interest in gender development and under the new programme we have a specific interest in supporting organisations that address discrimination against lesbian and transgender individuals and communities.

Local civil society can and does lead the way in addressing these forms of discrimination and disadvantage – our funding is designed to support their work, rather than determine their agenda. During 2015, we will focus on funding established and emerging participatory grantmakers, who are rooted in their community and involve activists in their decision making.

The first grants under this programme were awarded to UHAI EASHRI and the Other Foundation in June 2015.

The Foundation’s previous International Development programme focused on long-term forced migration from 2001 to 2013. It gave grants of up to £250k, over 2-5 years, to UK International NGOs to capacity build African NGOs and Community Based Organisations. Up until 2005, a small number of grants were given for work in Latin America. From 2003 to 2011 the programme was run jointly with the John Ellerman Foundation. From 2001 to 2013 54 grants were awarded totalling £7,648,140.

A number of grants were given to UK diasporan organisations. Many awards were concerned with the rights of women and girls. Several reports in this website’s publications pages seek to draw lessons from the programme’s very broad ranging portfolio of grants.