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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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Thank you for your active involvement in our community this year. With your support, we have cast a wider and deeper net to help build a movement of activism across southern Africa – from Luanda in Angola to Port Louis in Mauritius, and from Mzuzu in Malawi to Cape Town in South Africa. We want to help sustain this community of activism for a long time to come, with your ongoing support.

Your involvement is enabling real progress towards freedom, equality, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in our region. This year, for the first time more than half the 13 countries that we work in have either decriminalized homosexual sex or are in the process of reviewing laws that discriminate against LGBTI people, either voluntarily or through challenges in the courts. The community of activism that we support is near the tipping point of achieving irreversible change across our region.

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The support that we have given is summarised in 4 areas of work:

Deepening the field: Production of new knowledge about the forms of LGBTI activism in southern Africa, the operating environment, public attitudes and effective advocacy messaging to advance the strategies that LGBTI activists use.

Expanding the field: Stimulating innovation in the strategies that activists use, in five focus areas including religion, tradition and culture, business, parents and families of LGBTI people, and philanthropy development – and the amplification of this work in the mainstream mass media and the arts.

Supporting the field: Grant making to support both movement building in general and new advocacy initiatives in the above strategic innovation areas.

Sustaining the field: Building local philanthropy to support LGBTI activism in the long term.

Since we started work in 2015, we have raised ZAR 114 million, some of which has been set aside for the coming years, to finance this work. We have now given over 270 grants to more than 200 organizations and individuals, amounting to almost ZAR 29 million.

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The Foundation gave 82% of its grants through participatory grant making that involves peer review of grant applications. A new panel of peer reviewers is appointed for each round of grant making. The peer reviewers that have helped give our grants can be seen here. The remaining grants were given as strategic or emergency grants.

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In 2018, through engagement with religious groups who are powerful influencers of social inclusion in our region, our religious papers were used by the bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches. Most recently the Uniting Reformed Church in southern Africa made the decision to fully welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people as full and equal members.

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We organized and hosted the first ever South African LGBTI Business Summit with PLUS, the LGBTI+ Business Network, that we incubated and launched last year, to set an agenda for the economic empowerment of LGBTI people through business.

We supported the development and launch of the inaugural South African Work Equality Index (SAWEI) by the South African LGBT+ Management Forum (whose establishment we supported last year), to measure inclusion of LGBTI people in South African corporate workplaces. We intend to expand it across southern Africa in future.

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The “mini-kopano” meeting that we co-convene annually with the leading LGBTI organizations from across the region was held in October 2018. It is convened for leaders of the key LGBTI groups in the region to have deeper strategic reflection about the state of the LGBTI movements in the region, the strategies being used and how those strategies are working, changes in the broader operating context, and what new approaches might be effective. The outcomes will help shape the agenda for our biennial big “kopano” convening of activists from across southern Africa to be held in the third quarter of 2019. In the Sotho tradition, a kopano is a family or community gathering to collectively address important issues facing the family or community.

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Writing and telling our stories and experiences as LGBTI Africans grounds our existence in the fabric of everyday life in our region. For the second year we partnered with the Jacana Literary Foundation for the Gerald Kraak Anthology and Award . The 2018 award went to Pwaangulongii Daoud. The resulting anthology, As You Like It is available here. It is the second anthology to be published in a series of 5 annual anthologies. The first was Pride and Prejudice, published in 2017.

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Our Facebook following, already the largest of like organizations in Africa, grew to more than 142,000 followers, 77% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old. Join our Facebook community today by clicking here .

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We are grateful for generous funding and solidarity from those who have made our work in 2018 possible, including Comic Relief, the Arcus Foundation, the Global Equality Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Open Society Foundations, an anonymous donor through American Jewish World Service, the Dreilinden Foundation, the Equality Without Borders donor group, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Charities Aid Foundation, the Roots and Wings Fund at the Astraea Foundation, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Social Justice Initiative, Anglo American, Absa, GiveOut, the Shell LGBTI group, EY, Facebook, and the more than 300 individuals in southern Africa and around the world who have given once-off gifts or regular monthly donations to our foundation. We have been honoured to have your support through 2018.

It’s been a tough year of consolidating the work of the Other Foundation in the midst of constant threats and challenges. We look forward to your support next year and beyond, as we strive to be and do better.

Have a lovely festive season and a great start to 2019.

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Hugo CANHAM [South Africa] | Miguel DE BRITO [Mozambique] | Nalumino LIKWASI [Zambia]
Isabella MATAMBANADZO [Zimbabwe] | Alice MOGWE [Botswana] | Xhanti PAYI [South Africa]
Shaun SAMUELS [South Africa] | Paula SEBASTIÃO [Angola] | Patricia WATSON [South Africa]
Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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