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This programme supports locally based civil society in sub-Saharan Africa to address discrimination and disadvantage based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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.

We fund work which:

Supports frontline civil society organisations: we work alongside local grantmakers to ensure our funding reaches locally based civil society, supporting their ability to determine appropriate strategies and structures, to collaborate and make change.

Supports local grantmakers: we support and develop the operations of local grantmakers who are rooted in local LGBTI communities and involve activists in their decision making.

Read case study: UHAI EASHRI

Champions the role of local civil society: we use our role and networks as a UK grantmaker to highlight the work of our partners, develop the evidence base for the impact of local civil society in sub-Saharan Africa, and attract further resources from the UK to support its development.

Read case study: Stonewall

Useful external resources

DFID’s approach on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) rights

Global resources report: government and philanthropic support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities 2015-6