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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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Arrangements to Address
the Coronavirus Crisis
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We all have the responsibility to take appropriate action in this extraordinary time of the coronavirus pandemic. As the virus now spreads across the countries in our region, and the rate of infections increases, we took action to support our grantees and personnel, and to manage our Foundation's ongoing operations in a responsible way. We are doing this in the hope that it will make a contribution to the broader efforts in our countries, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Please continue to take the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus including the necessary individual and/or group social distancing measures.
Please stay calm, safe, and well.
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Global Equality Fund Workshop africa-icon
The first ever Global Equality Fund (GEF) Stakeholders Workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March, convened by the DRL and co-hosted by the Other Foundation and Hilton Hotels. Under the theme of “Local Reach, Global Impact” leaders in LGBTI activism gathered for a week of deep engagement and purposeful deliberation, learning and collaboration at a global scale. The opening keynote address for the workshop was delivered by the United Nation’s Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination against LGBTQI+ People, Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

Attendees from 32 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South, Central and North America shared their experiences of their activism in their regions, and were joined by other donors working towards human rights for queer people across the globe.

Ten plenary sessions and a multitude of breakaway sessions went from describing our realities to taking collective action. A participatory program including clinics, self-organized focus groups and networking sessions was carefully designed for robust discussions to assess strategies to better the lives and lived experiences of LGBTI people, as well as improve the ways of working and relations between grantees and donors. The wellbeing of the LGBTI person was holistically considered, including through economic participation, social inclusion, security, faith and spirituality and family life.

The Other Foundation is proud and humbled to have been an integral part of this monumental occasion as a co-host. Click here to read the evaluation of this event.

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Public perceptions of the Other Foundation africa-icon
When the Other Foundation was formally established in 2013 a five-year strategic plan was collaboratively developed with activists in the same year with a framework that included supporting, deepening, expanding and sustaining the growing LGBTI movement in Southern Africa. In 2019, we began an evaluation of the work of our foundation as guided by this five year strategy plan and the results are now available.

Over the past year, independent external evaluators have appraised our work focusing on both internal and external factors that help and hinder the implementation of our strategy. A cross section of our stakeholders from grant partners, strategic partners, donor partners, team members and both past and present trustees participated. As part of this process, our evaluators conducted a public perception survey via Facebook. The results of the public survey are available here, and those of the organizational evaluation will be available soon.

We have already begun using the feedback you have given to build a new strategy for the next five years and ensure we build on our successes and address our challenges. Over the next five years, our foundation will work to deepen our practice as a community foundation, influence and support the movement to grapple with harmful dynamics and consolidate, rethink and reorganize for a new cycle of community foundation action and delivery.

We wish to thank you for your feedback. It is invaluable in enabling us to become and evolve into an organization that is ready to create meaningful impact in this new decade and the future.

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Where the Money Goes africa-icon
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Challenging stigma and discrimination
against people with albinism in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwean Minister of Healthcare and Child Welfare visits the Albino Trust of Zimbabwe’s stand
during World AIDS Day commemorations in 2019
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living with albinism face double stigma and discrimination in their communities because of misunderstanding and misconceptions about their condition and also because of their sexual orientations, gender identity and gender expressions. The Albino Trust of Zimbabwe has stepped in to address their very specific needs and bring about social and behavioural change in Zimbabwean society.

Recently, it has been able to participate in broader networks of marginalized groups and key population networks and spaces in Zimbabwe to mainstream its community’s challenges. Albino Trust of Zimbabwe is now a member of the Zimbabwe AIDS Network, a network of organizations working on health in Zimbabwe. This has seen greater visibility of, and access for persons with albinism, such as access to funds awarded by the Global Fund, inclusion in national programming, and access to healthcare professionals and medical treatment. Ensuring that no one is left behind, the Albino Trust of Zimbabwe has achieved these gains for all their members regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and physical ability.

A grant of ZAR 50,000 from the Other Foundation has enabled the Albino Trust of Zimbabwe to sensitize other organizations of persons with albinism on sexual orientation and gender identity, develop a key referral system for access to private and confidential healthcare treatment, and visibility and participation at national events such as the World AIDS Day commemorations in Zimbabwe.

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Towards an inclusive curriculum
for theological education
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Photo by Jack Sharp on Unsplash

Christianity plays a major role in shaping opinions in society in southern Africa. Acceptance and inclusion in the church is important to many LGBTQI+ people, and research shows that sensitivity to LGBTQI+ people in messages from the pulpit can literally save lives. Recognising this power, the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) implemented a project called “Towards an Inclusive Curriculum in Theological Institutions”, which is aimed at sensitizing trainee ministers and contributing towards redesigning curriculum for seminaries on the intersection of issues concerning religion, gender and sexuality.

SMMS students and staff benefitted from seminars and public lectures focused on engaging them and their understanding of biblical texts on sexuality and gender. This laid a solid foundation for a first-of-its-kind workshop in Africa with senior academic staff from SMMS and eight other seminaries and university faculties in southern Africa, exploring a curriculum development framework within which to develop an LGBTQI+ inclusive curriculum. The participants from the theological institutions hailed from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya, across multiple denominations.

The Other Foundation supported "Towards an Inclusive Curriculum in Theological Institutions" with a grant of ZAR 272,800, to promote LGBTQI+ competence among trainee ministers and in seminaries and theological institutions.

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Third edition of Gerald Kraak Anthology amongst
the finalists for LAMBDA Award 2020
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The Other Foundation and Jacana Media are thrilled to announce that yet another instalment of the Gerald Kraak Anthology series has been nominated for the prestigious LAMBDA Award for LGBTI Fictional Anthology.

The 2019 edition of our ongoing series of LGBTI stories from the African continent, The Heart of the Matter, followed in the footsteps of the 2018 edition, As You Like It, when it got shortlisted. Read the announcement here.

The recognition and achievements of the Gerald Kraak anthology series on an international stage are a befitting honour to the award winning author and activist Gerald Kraak, and we hope that The Heart of the Matter will scoop the 2020 prize just as As You Like It did a year before.

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Meet our new trustee africa-icon
Alan Msosa

Alan Msosa

Alan is from Malawi and currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of York (Britain) after completing an inter-disciplinary PhD in human rights at the University of Essex (Britain). His research focuses on the social and institutional factors that drive human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi, and how that links to trends in other southern African countries. He was previously the programme manager in the Office of the Ombudsman (Malawi), coordinated monitoring and evaluation in a regional civil society network with over 40 affiliates, and coordinated strategy development in an inter-governmental agency focused on democratic governance.

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New Appointments in our Team africa-icon
Sebenzile

Sebenzile Nkambule 

Sebenzile has been appointed as executive officer for strategic partnerships. She was previously a fellow at Mckinsey & Company in strategy development, was a radio talk show host and producer at two of South Africa's most influential radio stations, was a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a participant in the Obama Africa Leadership Program, and a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow. She has completed a mini MBA and a Masters degree in gender studies. Sebenzile is a former board member of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW).

snkambule@theotherfoundation.org

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Kutlwano Magashula

Kutlwano has been appointed as executive officer for programme functions. Kutlwano was previously the southern Africa regional programmes coordinator of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), was a prosecutions counsel in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Botswana, and was a co-founder and lead researcher of Black Queer DocX. They are the deputy chairperson of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). Kutlwano holds a Masters in Law in Sexual and Reproductive Rights from the University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights).

kmagashula@theotherfoundation.org

Shekeshe-Mokgosi

Shekeshe Mokgosi 

Shekeshe has been appointed as head of operations. He was the Other Foundation's public engagement manager. He previously worked as executive assistant for special projects and campaigns at the Southern Africa Trust, as an events manager in a project management agency, a training coordinator at the University of the Witwatersrand, and on project management in agencies of the South African government. Shekeshe has completed an advanced management programme at Wits University's business school and has completed several other programmes in financial management and auditing, event management and change management.

smokgosi@theotherfoundation.org

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