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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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It’s been an incredibly full year. We’ve done so much – but hardly enough and hardly well enough. We hope what we did with you in 2019, made a real and lasting contribution towards freedom and equality for homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa.

We started the year in a reflective mode about our strategy and practice, towards a refreshed approach from 2020. For this, we ran an internal institutional assessment, commissioned an intensive external evaluation by Dawn Cavanagh and Hope Chigudu in March which will conclude in December, and undertook a public perception survey. Thank you for your feedback in those processes. Our work has been affirmed and challenged. That will make us be and do better in the future.

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Activists celebrate Botswana's decriminilization ruling

This year, we gave 81 grants amounting to R11 million, bringing our total grant giving to R40 million given in 358 grants across southern Africa since the Other Foundation started out 5 years ago. Most of this was done in partnership with the excellent group of peer reviewers in our open call for proposals which began in April.

The work we have supported through grant making ranged from contributing to the achievement of the Botswana High Court’s landmark ruling that homosexual sex should no longer be a crime, to starting to sensitize journalists in Madagascar about violence, exclusion, and injustice towards LGBTI people. We’ve given support to establish a national alliance of LGBTI activist groups in Namibia. We supported transgender activists at risk in Zambia and Malawi and have been expanding support for organizing amongst intersex people in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. We funded efforts to advance the economic empowerment of LGBTI people, develop a southern African regional advocacy network of parents of LGBTI people, and supported efforts by LGBTI activists to directly engage with churches and traditional cultural leaders across the region. Working with others, we supported a community-based lesbian group to purchase a community centre that will serve as its office and contributed to several Pride activities across the region, including Soweto Pride.

In supporting this wide field of activism, we’ve dropped the ball many times. It is clear that our team of 13 people working across 13 countries has been inconsistent in communicating with the groups that we give grants to and that long delays in processing grant applications and payments has had a negative effect on some of the groups that we intend to support. We are very attentive to this and are addressing this failure.

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In May, we published The Heart of the Matter, the third edition of the Gerald Kraak anthology of African perspectives on gender, social justice, and sexuality. The winner of the 2019 Gerald Kraak prize from amongst the 400 anthology entries was OluTimehin Adegbeye’s essay Mothers and Men. The previous edition of the anthology, As You Like It, won a prestigious LAMBDA Literary Award this year. Entries for the anthology and prize are now open. Click here for guidelines to enter.

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In June, we convened over 150 LGBTI activists and allies from southern, East, and West Africa in Breaking Through the Backlash: Transformative encounters between LGBTI people and churches in Africa – with Durban’s Diakonia Council of Churches and the Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre. It opened with renowned anti-apartheid leader and theologian, Alan Boesak Taking a Stand against religious injustice towards LGBTI people. Discussants at Breaking Through The Backlash published Stabanisation, a discussion paper calling for a theology that is life-affirming for LGBTI people. Our work to support the development of theological training that is inclusive of LGBTI people continued through supporting engagement amongst several theological seminaries across southern Africa, led by the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.

In addition to continuing to support direct engagement with the national council of churches in Malawi, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa, and Botswana, we deepened our support of direct engagement within particular church denominations. Our support of the Anglican Archbishop’s Commission on Human Sexuality, for example, enabled the Synod of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA) to establish a permanent provincial commission on human sexuality to “listen and continue to inform and advise the church” and to refer to dioceses for reflection a recommendation that prayers for church members in same-sex civil unions should be permitted. And our support of action by a group of Dutch Reformed Church members resulted in the Synod of the church reaffirming the equality of LGBTI church members and apologizing for the church’s harmful actions.

We’ve also been supporting outreach by LGBTI activists to church-based media practitioners so that church media are sensitized about the real-life experience of LGBTI people in churches and society at large.

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In July, we supported 12 feminist activists from several countries in the region to participate in the first ever global gathering of feminist lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer activists in Cape Town – and engaged with the group there to get feedback about the support that we give.

In the same month, we convened an executive-level kopano (a gathering of 30 leaders of the main LGBTI activist groups across the region) with the Pan Africa ILGA (PAI); Gender Dynamix; Lambda Mozambique; Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO); Iranti-Org; the Trans, Intersex, and Androgynous Movement of Namibia (TIAMON); and the Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA). This annual gathering is designed for the group to analyse changes in the region and identify strategies to make deeper and faster progress.

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In September we hosted the once-in-two-year kopano, a flagship gathering of LGBTI activists and allies. 200 discussants out of the 480 that applied to participate from all 13 countries that we work in, as well as a few from East and West Africa, participated in kopano ‘Expanding Space for LGBTI activism in southern Africa’, held at the Cradle of Humankind. We are grateful to, and very proud of, the 30 co-facilitators and volunteers who took charge of running the gathering. In addition to analysis and debate about how to expand LGBTI activism in the social, economic, and political spheres, the kopano included deep reflection on how LGBTI activists relate to each other and the allies who support their activism. A brief video of comments at the kopano by Danilo da Silva from Mozambique’s Lambda speaks powerfully about that.

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In November we worked with PLUS, the national LGBTI+ business network, to host the South African national LGBTI business summit. It explored practical ways to get real about LGBTI economic empowerment, from securing finance for small LGBTI-owned businesses and accessing business opportunities to starting a workplace LGBTI affinity group. The summit included the release of the 2019 South African Work Equality Index (SAWEI) by the South African LGBT+ Management Forum, with our support. And we published Get Real, a discussion paper by Tracy-Lynn Humby about whether a compliance based approach to LGBTI economic empowerment can work in South Africa. This was done against the backdrop of a review of the national companies law.

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We released the results of a nationally representative survey of public attitudes to homosexuality and gender non-conformity in Malawi, Under Wraps, at the end of November.

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Also in November, our trustees met in Luanda and engaged Angolan LGBTI activists and allies about how we can best support their work. This December, we bid farewell to 3 of our long-standing South African trustees who will retire: (left to right, above) Shaun Samuels, Patricia Watson, and Hugo Canham. We applaud their commitment and contribution to building the Other Foundation and thank them for their remarkable dedication and diligence as trustees. We are identifying new trustees to succeed them.

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Over the year, we hosted 16 gatherings of LGBTI and ally groups in the community space at our office, ranging from a grantmaking workshop of the International Trans Fund over a week, to several LGBTI sensitization workshops for young lawyers by ProBono, a communications masterclass with Sisonke Msimang, interviews of LGBTI owned businesses to bid for investment in their companies by Queer Women in Business (QWIB) and PLUS, and several other gatherings. This is part of our commitment to give real expression to being a community foundation.

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Our Facebook community grew to more than 230,000 followers this year, and our collaboration with Facebook to make the platform safer and more secure for LGBTI and other vulnerable groups continued.

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Through the year, our team held several workshops to develop our skills – especially for better client service, project management, problem solving and decision making, and financial accountability – and to deepen the ways that we live out our values and identity as the Other Foundation. We are working hard to improve our practices.

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This work and more was made possible in 2019 through generous solidarity and funding from our many individual donors, Anglo American, the Arcus Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the Baring Foundation, the Charities Aid Foundation, Comic Relief, the Dreilinden Foundation, Equality Without Borders, EY, Facebook, the Ford Foundation, GiveOut, the Global Equality Fund, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, Shell, the Social Justice Initiative, the Tides Foundation, and others. Thank you for enabling our work.

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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]
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