Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers, May 2018

We issued a call for applications for peer reviewers of our grant applications for this round, and are overwhelmed by the breadth and quality of applications we received. For the first time ever, we received applications from each of the thirteen southern African countries we work in, and total applications tallied at an impressive 226.

Some of our peer reviewers were invited to reflect on video, about their participation in this peer review process, share some highlights about the applications they reviewed and to give tips to future grant applicants.

David Ikpo, and Liberty Matthyse.

Genevieve Louw, and Khitana GN

We selected the following peer reviewers:

Caine Youngman Caine is a human rights activist with 13 years of experience at local, regional and international level. His strengths are in project management, proposal writing, project implementation, public education and research, with particular focus on development, human rights, health and advocacy. He is the advocacy manager at LEGABIBO and holds a Master’s degree in project management.


David Ikpo David was born in Nigeria and now lives in South Africa, where he is studying towards a Doctor of philosophy degree. David is the communications officer at the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression Unit, at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights. His book, Fimí sílẹ̀ Forever, was shortlisted for the LAMBDA award for best gay fiction 2018. David holds a Master of Laws in human rights and democratisation in Africa.


Diana Katu Diana has over 8 years of experience in working and mobilising within the LGBTI movement. She has represented and presented on issues affecting lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women’s especially on national and regional platforms, including experience and knowledge in developing, implementing and managing various campaigns. She resides in Zimbabwe and holds a  Bachelor of Arts in communication science.  


Genevieve Louw Genevieve is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works as the Programmes Manager at GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action) and also as the co-director of SCOPE. Genevieve has extensive experience in the process of writing proposals and managing projects and is passionate about the value and effect of education, particularly within queer civil society. Genevieve engages in youth development projects regularly. 


Khitana GN Khitana is the Copperbelt Regional Coordinator for TransBantu Association Zambia, on a voluntary basis. As a young trans activist working at the grassroots of the community, Khitana is able to evaluate the plausibility and feasibility of a proposal given the context in which it will be executed. Previously, Khitana held the position of  community mobilization officer for Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, under the USAID Open Doors Project that targets transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers.


 Gugu Mandla Based in Johannesburg South Africa, Gugu is the Media and Documentation Officer at Iranti-Org, and has worked within the human rights framework for the past 5 years. Through the Zwakala Project, Gugu has met and engaged with community based organisations and identified a dearth of knowledge in proposal writing and understanding of the funding world.  Gugu holds qualifications in photojournalism and in fashion design.


Jeremiah Lehloka Jeremiah is based in Lesotho and is a member of the Peoples Matrix Association where he has been involved in the planning and implementation of a number of its projects. These include health workshops with men who have sex with men (MSM), and sensitization of health care practitioners on LGBTI+ issues.

Khumbo Soko Khumbo is a Malawian lawyer and holder of a Master of Laws in international economic law. He has worked as a litigation lawyer with Centre for Development of People (CEDEP), Malawi’s leading non-governmental organisation advocating for the rights of sexual minorities in collaboration with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and  UNDP. Khumbo was the president of the Malawi Law Society (the national bar association), and now works at Soko and Co. as its managing law consultant.


Liberty Matthyse Liberty is the head of Gender DynamiX, an organization focusing on advancing the human rights of trans and gender diverse people in southern Africa. She has extensive experience in working with funders and developing funding proposals. This experience and insight will ensure that applicants adhere to procedural and substantive requirements, and have content in their applications that speaks to community needs. Liberty holds a Master’s degree in law majoring in transgender human rights in marriage law, women and gender equality, and international human rights law.


Mary Audrey Chard Mary is a long standing member of GALZ, and the current chairperson of RAWO. She has many years of experience in working and being part of organisations that depend on donor funding in order to exist, making her an ideal peer reviewer. Mary is Zimbabwean and lives in Harare.


Matseliso Ntsoelikane Based in Lesotho, Matseliso has substantial experience in contracts and grants management, including grant contract management, grant appraisal and monitoring and evaluation. In her career she has assessed grant proposals, awarded grant contracts and disbursed funds, making her input in this process especially valuable. Matseliso will be putting the grant proposals we have received through their paces.


Motsau Motsau Motsau is based in South Africa and the co-founder of the End Rape Initiative. Motsau has been involved in the kind of activism that is located in the lived reality of our people enabling more concrete action to be taken towards the upholding of the human rights of queer people in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, and Lesotho. Motsau is passionate about interrogating the very complex intersections that continue to perpetuate stigma and discrimination of the most marginalised.


Riana Raymonde Randrianarisoa Based in Madagascar, Riana worked for a project led by a global initiative against transnational organised crime in collaboration with Interpol and the Institute of Security Studies. Riana has over 18 years of work experience as a reporter, and holds a Masters degree in economic journalism, and another in communications and media.  

Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers, October 2017

We asked our some of peer reviewers for their reflection on the peer reviewer process, and the state of lesbian and trans* organizing in our region. Here’s what they had to say . . . [click on any thumbnail below to play a video clip]


We looked to the expertise of self-identifying lesbian women and transgender people as well as other LGBTI activists and allies to help make decisions about grant allocations for this special call for grant applications to combat discrimination against lesbian women and trans* persons.

From the 54 applications received from ten countries, we selected the following peer reviewers:

Aubrey Chacha Based in Harare, Aubrey is a projects member at Transsmart Zimbabwe and an advocate for trans health and legal rights in Zimbabwe. Aubrey spearheaded the Ethics Project department as a projects manager of ENACTUS Africa University, and was part of the regional YKP Forum organised by SADC. Aubrey holds a Honours degree in Computer Information Systems.


Ava Thancanamootoo Ava is based in Mauritius where she works as the archives officer at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. Previously, Ava worked as the safe space program specialist at the World Church Service, and as a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria. Ava is the founding member and project manager of Their Rights Foundation, and holds a Master of Laws in International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom.


Caine Youngman Caine is a human rights activist from Botswana, with over 11 years of advocacy and training work experience at local, regional and international level. Currently, Caine works as the Advocacy and Awareness Raising Manager at LEGABIBO, and previously worked at the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS. Caine is studying towards a Master of Science degree in Project Management.


Ishmael Makhuludzo Ishmael is the founder and executive director of Gender Links Youth Network. Based in Mzuzu, Malawi, Ishmael was a peer reviewer at the Other Foundation’s first peer review process in 2014 and has worked on many projects mainly around advocating for the human rights of LGBTI people. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.

Jholerina Timbo Jholerina is the founder and executive director of Wings to Transcend Namibia, a trans focused organization, as well a current board member of Out Right Namibia. Based in Windhoek, Jholerina previously worked for the Rainbow Project, and has a background in sexual reproductive health rights. She is also a YALI alumni, where she underwent Civic Leadership training.         


Kumkani Siwisa Based in Johannesburg, Kumkani is a LGBTQ tech and communications          activist. They previously held the communications position at Pan Africa ILGA, Gender                   DynamiX, and has consulted for Sonke Gender Justice, Aids and Rights Alliance of Southern   Africa and ASTRAEA. They hold a degree in Communications and Marketing and lead the            Communications Advocacy Project.


Luckmore Jalisi Luckmore has over 11 years of experience in youth programming, social movements, activism, LGBTQ rights and fundraising for non-profits. He is a human rights and governance activist currently working for ActionAid as it Youth Programme Advisor for SADC, as well as it global focal person for LGBTQ rights. Luckmore holds a Master’s of Science in International Development. 

 Nomsa Manzini Based in Johannesburg, Nomsa is an activist with experience in LGBTI organizing and advocacy, especially in rural and semi-urban areas. Nomsa’s is currently the National Coordinator at Iranti-org, previously having worked at loveLife as its programmes manager. Her extensive skillset includes  targeted training, project management, finance management and monitoring and evaluation.


Onkokame Mosweu Onkokame is an activist from Botswana, with extensive experience in LGBTI programming and organizing. While he is strongly affiliated with LEGABIBO having worked at the organization for two years, his professional network  extends to several LGBTI and other marginalised communities outside Botswana. Presently, Onkokame is the advocacy offcer at Men for Health and Gender Justice.


Ricki Kgositau Residing in Cape Town, Ricki is a well-known independent activist from Botswana, and the current executive director of Gender DynamiX. Ricki sits on the board of Global Advocacy for Trans Equality, as well as  AIDS Accountability International, and is an experienced resource mobiliser. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.

Sibusiso Malunga Based in Lusaka, Sibusiso is the programs manager at the Lotus Identity – an organization she co-founded – and the programs officer at the Coalition of African Lesbians. Previously, Sibusiso was the monitoring and evaluation specialist at Friends of Rainka, where she honed strong project management skills. Sibusiso holds a degree in Library and Information Science.

Nandi Msezane Based in Benoni, Sybil has over 15 years of project management and human rights work experience, and serves on the boards of the International Federation for Women Lawyers, and the Dinaledi Mentorship Programme. Sybil is presently employed as the Event Project Manager at Black Tower Consulting Group, and was the programme coordinator for the Collective of African Sexuality Related Rights Advocates based at the Coalition of African Lesbians. 

Thobeka Bengu Thobeka is a performance art and human rights activist, performer, choreographer and the artistic director of the Rainbow Theatre Company, a project of the Gay and Lesbian Network. Thobeka is based in Pietermaritzburg and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Performance Studies.


Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers, November 2015

We asked our peer reviewers what they thought about the Foundation’s grant making process and what their experience of being a peer reviewer has been like. Here’s what they had to say . . . [click on any thumbnail below to play a video clip]

SheriffX                     FarisaiX                   ThuliX                     NatashaX                    LameX                    NyxX                 TrymoreX


Thanks to Liesl Theron for helping our team to select the peer reviewers. Liesl is also serving as a specialist advisor for this round of grantmaking.


Liesl is the founder and former executive director of Gender Dynamix, which was the first  organization in Africa to focus its work exclusively on transgender people. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Liesl initiated a number of projects that contributed to the growth of a transgender movement in South Africa and the region. Her research on transgender issues is widely published in academic journals.

For this special call for grant applications to combat discrimination against lesbian and transgender people, we looked to the expertise of self-identifying lesbian women and transgender people to help make decisions about grant allocations.

From the 21 applications received from seven countries, we selected the following peer reviewers:


NatashaXNatasha Francis Natasha is the South Africa programmes manager of Based in Johannesburg, she previously worked on capacity building and advocacy for groups like the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and on research with organizations like the Institute for Democracy in Africa (IDASA). She also ran a ‘Football 4 Youth’ initiative for the Seriti Institute. Natasha holds a postgraduate qualification in public and development management.


Farisai Gamariel FarisaiXFarisai is the head of the languages department at the Catholic University of Mozambique. She is also a board member of Mozambique’s LGBTI association, LAMBDA, based in Beira. Farisai has for a long time been active in organizing theatre competitions and has been involved in conducting research on the incidence of HIV amongst men who have sex with men.


Trymore Gendi TrymoreXTrymore is a young transwoman based in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is the Harare coordinator of the newly formed trans unit at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), advocating for transgender and intersex people. She began working at GALZ as a volunteer in 2013, and has been actively involved in the organization’s administrative and programming work.


NyxXNyx McLean Based in Cape Town, Nyx is a doctoral student working on queer identity and Pride in post-apartheid South Africa. A board member of Gender Dynamix, the first transgender organization to be established in Africa, Nyx was also a member of the working group for Johannesburg Peoples’ Pride. Having previously been the national print and digital communications manager of LoveLife in South Africa, Nyx now teaches multimedia studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


ThuliXThuli Mjwara Thuli is the programmes manager at the Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network, of which she was a former board member. She is also actively involved in the Pietermaritzburg Gender Forum and in South Africa’s national task team to combat hate crimes against LGBTI people. Thuli is trained in psychology, business administration, and project management and has a depth of experience in working with marginalized people, including juvenile offenders, people with disabilities, and LGBTI groups – most notably through the Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative.


Lineo Mothopeng SheriffXLineo is the community facilitator and LGBTI specialist at Sesotho Media and Development in Lesotho. The first born in a family of four females, two of whom identify as trans men and are known lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists in Lesotho, Lineo joined an LGBTI activist grouping in 2008 as a peer educator, quickly becoming the organization’s president until its legal registration. Lineo joined its secretariat as its dialogue and advocacy program manager until earlier this year.


Lame Olebile LameXBased in Tonota near Francistown in Botswana, Lame is an Africa advisor to FRIDA, the international young feminist fund. She is active in LGBTI movements in Botswana and the southern Africa region and is experienced in advocacy including litigation, community mobilisation, and media campaigning, as well as in conducting research, facilitating organizational development, and monitoring and evaluation – especially relating to the feminist movement and LGBTI groups.

Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers, August 2015

Final decisions have been made about our August 2015 grant  peer reviewers, by a selection panel that included members of the Other Foundation team and an independent panelist, Zwelijongile Gwebityala.

Zweli Zweli is a 28-year-old black gay businessman in Johannesburg. He grew up in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa where his own experiences as a young gay man influenced his drive to live out and proud in order to provide other young gays with a template of how life can “get better”. He holds a degree in applied maths from WITS university and prior to opening his own company, he worked in corporate South Africa including McKinsey, where he led corporate initiatives aimed at making work places more LGBTI friendly.  He is an avid supporter of the Other Foundation and is actively involved in philanthropic work in the education field.


We received 17 applications from 6 countries. The following peer reviewers were selected:

Majo Joseph

Majo JosephMajo is a married father of two girls. He is an English teacher at a primary school in Chimoio, Mozambique. He also runs a company that provides translation and interpretation services. In addition, he volunteers in the Youth Parliament of Mozambique and is an online accountability advocate with Youth in Action, a network of young people that is promoting greater accountability for the implementation of the post 2015 development goals. Majo shared his thoughts on the difference this peer review process makes in the selection of grants.

Solum Mtogolo

Solum MtogoloSolum is a human rights activist and a program officer at Malawi’s Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP). His work involves research, education and training, and advocacy to create an enabling environment to end stigma and discrimination, particularly focused on men who have sex with men and LGBT people. He was involved in the production of the publication Queer Malawi, A Collection of LGBT Stories. Solum spoke about his role and the insights gained from participating  in the peer review process.

Humphrey Ndondo

Humphrey NdondoHumphrey is a public health practitioner. He is the Director of the Sexual Rights Centre in Zimbabwe and has been active in a wide range of human rights advocacy efforts for many years. He previously worked as an occupational therapist and a trainer in field epidemiology at the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently doing research on the intersection of religion, culture and human rights for sexual minorities.

Lineo Mothopeng

Lineo Mathopeng

Lineo is the community facilitator and LGBTI specialist at Sesotho Media and Development in Lesotho. The first born in a family of four females, two of whom identify as trans men and are known lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] activists in Lesotho, Lineo joined an LGBTI activist grouping in 2008 as a peer educator, quickly becoming the organization’s president until its legal registration. Lineo joined its secretariat as its dialogue and advocacy program manager until earlier this year. Lineo gave advice to prospective grant applicants, on the key ingredients for a succesful grant application.

James Katlego Chibamba

James Katlego ChibambaJames is an assistant student counselor at the University of South Africa [UNISA]. He founded and is the current president of Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg [GLOR] in South Africa’s North West province, which does LGBTI psychosocial support, educational and advocacy work. James was also an intern at the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action [GALA] library and archives at WITS university in Johannesburg. James took a moment to give insight on what makes a good  proposal for a grant.

Thandeka Mukuku

Thandeka MukukuThandeka is the founder of Thanda Afrika, a LGBTI human rights activism and arts trust. She identifies as a lesbian woman. As a social entrepreneur in Zimbabwe, she provides arts and cultural spaces for people to exist freely without facing harassment, threats, or violence for not fitting into traditional gender categories. Thandeka shared her reflections on the peer review process and her thoughts for the future.

Liesl Theron

Liesl TheronLiesl Theron is the founder and a former executive director of Gender Dynamix, which was the first organization in Africa to focus its advocacy and outreach work exclusively on transgender people. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Liesl initiated a number of projects that contributed to the growth of a transgender movement in South Africa and the region. Her research on transgender issues is widely published in academic journals. Liesl shared her thoughts on what makes our grant making so unique.

 Dolar Vasani

Dolar VasaniBorn in Uganda, Dolar has worked on international development programs for over 20 years, including at the United Nations, VSO, and Oxfam. Dolar joined in May 2014, supporting the director with organizational and programme development. She is the author of the book, Not Yet Uhuru – lesbian flash erotica. She also works as an independent consultant from Johannesburg.


Reuben Silungwe

Reuben Silungwe

Based in Kitwe, Zambia, Reuben is an examiner in science and mathematics in the Zambian educational system. Reuben is an active member of the Zambia Progressive Teachers’ Union and a member of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also involved in the LGBTI advocacy group Friends of Rainka and is part of the Zambia SOGIE Advisory and Research Team. Reuben shared his thoughts on the value of having an open call for peer reviewers to review our grant applications.

Dumisani Dube

Dumisani DubeDumisani is a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. A former high school teacher in Bulawayo, he is actively involved in religious ministry to LGBTI people in the Catholic church in Johannesburg – mostly those who have moved to Johannesburg from other countries in the region in search of greater social acceptance. He works as a communications and advocacy consultant.

Renald Morris

Ronald MorrisRenald is a project manager at the Synergos Institute’s Johannesburg office, responsible for a multi-stakeholder network established to improve services to children in South Africa. He previously worked at the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, the Open Society Foundations, and the Community Dispute Resolution Trust. Renald is a board member of Sophiatown Community Psychosocial Services, an inner city agency in downtown Johannesburg that provides counseling and other support services to refugee and other migrant communities in the city.

Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers in 2014

Twelve peer reviewers were appointed for the Other Foundation’s 2014 round of grant making. The group represented a geographic and demographic spread, as well as a wide range of expertise, which are essential for a good grant proposal review process. The peer reviewers were selected from 32 applications received from 7 eligible countries. The peer reviewers, working first individually and then in four teams, assessed 98 grant applications that qualified for consideration, in order to recommend to the Other Foundation’s board of trustees which applicants should be given grants. This was done during a workshop in Johannesburg in April 2014. The peer reviewers were Muhshin HendricksFlorence KhaxasIshmael MakhuludzoPatience MandishonaZethu MatebeniPilot MathamboNonhlanhla MkhizeNolene MorrisChan MubangaJabu PereiraJanet Shapiro, and Marinus Uys.

To understand a bit more about some of our peer reviewers, we wanted to tell you a bit more about Chan Mubanga and Muhsin Hendricks.

Chan Mubanga

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 1.04.06 PM What it feels like to inhabit a body whose sex is at odds with one’s gender identity, is a psychological pain Chan Mubanga, a trans man in Zambia and one of the Other Foundation’s grant proposal peer reviewers is familiar with.

In a moving self portrait, Chan says he was 10-years-old when he became aware of his attraction to girls but it was only when he begun menstruating that he realised he was not like the other boys, or his two older brothers. At the time, the word transgender was unknown. People were either gay, lesbian or bisexual.

“Night after night I prayed to god to stop the periods, to stop these breasts that had begun to grow where my proud chest used to be. But when these changes carried on, I began asking myself – Who am I? What am I?”

Misunderstood and confused, Chan tried to ignore what was happening to his body and found refuge in sex with other girls. Eventually under pressure from his mother, combined with the predominant Christian norms in the household, he had sex with a boy at age 17, an experience during which he says he cried throughout.

“People who are transgender in Zambia need to feel a sense of belonging and worth.”

Years later, after qualifying as an electrical engineer he struggled to find employment as he is viewed as a woman in a male-dominated culture. Chan says he is “passionate about driving big trucks across borders, discovering far and remote places”, but often encounters resistance from family, partners, and society when he tries to pursue his dreams.

But Chan says he is beginning to see change occurring, partly as a result of the work the group TranGend that he established with a few friends.

“I see TranGend growing over time, offering a safe space for sharing, research and character building. People who are transgender in Zambia need to feel a sense of belonging and worth, we need to know that there are others like us, and there are people who understand and accept us as we are without second thought. Only when this initiative has a solid foundation, can we look to improve our social environment by community organizing and information dissemination and begin to influence policies. Our major challenges for now are ignorance about gender identity, colonial laws that criminalize homosexuality, gender inequality and traditionalist customs that forbid sex/sexuality education,” he says.

Muhsin Hendricks

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As a devout Muslim “innately attracted to the same sex”, Imam Muhsin Hendricks, who is a grant proposal peer reviewer for the Other Foundation, has had to struggle with the cultural and religious pressure that forces people to conform to social gender roles.

This pressure resulted in him marrying a woman he would never be able to fully satisfy, and with whom he would not be able to satisfy his own personal and emotional needs. Hendricks says that during the time he was was doing Islamic studies in Pakistan, to numb the pain of being married to someone he knew he could not physically and emotionally bond with, he immersed himself in his work.

However, after six years of marriage he decided to divorce, and his coming out led to him facing rejection by his family and community, resulting in him losing his job as a religious teacher and assistant Imam. With no support, he lived in a small room next to horse stables on a friend’s farm.

This painful experience led him on a journey of reconciling his faith with his sexuality. A few years later, he founded the Inner Circle, an organisation providing support to Muslims who feel marginalised and victimised because of their sexuality and gender.

The Inner Circle, based in Cape Town, offers social and spiritual programmes to enable people to reconcile their Islamic faith with their sexuality, to help people reach a point of self actualisation.

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