Grant Proposal Peer Reviewers, March 2017
Here is what a few of our peer reviewers had to say about their experience of reviewing the grant concept proposals, and the peer review process itself, which is unique to our grant-making (click a thumbnail to play):
Sedica Davids, an independent advisor, helped to select the peer reviewers for this round of grant making. Sedica was also the process facilitator for the grant proposal peer review workshop.
Sedica Davids has worked mostly in the public sector, and with NGOs for the past 26 years. Her background is in education and management, and her many roles include that of human resources development manager at the City of Cape Town, Coordinator of Chairpersons in South African National Assembly in the late 1990s, and organisational development consultant, facilitator and coach. She worked in small businesses and project managed national and regional capacity building projects. She has been a board member and director in the LGBTI sector, and has worked closely with women in the built environment.
The following 15 peer reviewers, chosen from 53 applicants from 10 countries, assessed all 232 grant applications received from 11 southern African countries in our February / March 2017 round of grant making.
Carina Capitine Carina is the communications and documentation officer at Associação Lambda, Mozambique’s excellent national LGBT organization. She has five years of experience in the profit and non-profit sector, and leads Lambda’s team responsible for implementing nationwide communication campaigns. Lambda was instrumental in repealing Mozambique’s colonial era sodomy laws. Carina is currently pursuing a Communication Sciences degree at the Universidade Politécnica.
Diana Katu Diana is a human rights, feminism and gender justice expert, and a board member of PaKasipiti Zimbabwe. She has experience in management, training and research, and has contributed to rights interventions in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Diana is Zimbabwean, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Linda Baumann Linda is a well-known Namibian feminist community activist and advocate. She has extensive experience in establishing institutions, human rights advocacy, legislative lobbying, as well as media and communications practice. Amongst other national, regional and international accolades, she holds the Best Diversity Film Productions award (2009) from the Namibia Film Festival. Linda is the former vice president of the Namibia Paralegal Association, and is the former director of Out-Right Namibia.
MacDonald Sembereka MacDonald is an ordained Anglican priest with a depth of experience in reconciling faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. He has served in various capacities at national, regional and international level, and created the first ever INERELA+ faith and LGBTI inclusion programme in the region, and in Malawi. MacDonald previously served as the programme director for social transformation at Chilema Ecumenical Training and Conference Centre, in Malawi.
McLean Kabwe McLean Kabwe is a Zambian human rights advocate, writer and wellness coach to the young and disempowered sexual minorities. His work in the HIV and Human rights field spans seven years from 2010 and during which he has been working on issues of access to health services for the most at risk populations including the LGBTI, the stigma and discrimination against them, stakeholders engagement, and his work has materialized in the co-formation of organization called The Lotus Identity. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Copperbelt University.
Nontando Hadebe Nontando Hadebe is a Christian theologian, with over ten published articles on theology. Zimbabwean-born and living in South Africa, Nontando is currently a post doctoral fellow at UNISA, and the chairperson of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. In 2016, she was a co-facilitator at the Other Foundation’s dialogue on homophobia and the churches in Africa. She brings a wealth of knowledge, and close to 20 years of work experience to our peer review process.
Rakgadi-Prisca Mohlahlane For 14 years ending in 2016, Rakgadi was the project manager for gender and HIV/AIDS at the Centre for Sexuality AIDS and Gender at the University of Pretoria. She has experience working in the government and multilateral NGO sectors, and has conducted research work at Yale and WITS Universities. From 2000 to 2011 she was involved in several regional projects such as Mother to Mother Swaziland and UNDP’s development of tools for human rights and HIV. Rakgadi is presently involved in the Stop Gender Violence campaign at Sonke Gender Justice.
Sheriff Mothopeng Sheriff, a returning peer reviewer, is the gender and sexuality officer at Sesotho Media and Development in Lesotho, in addition to being the regional advocacy coordinator at Gender Dynamix, based in Cape Town. Born in Lesotho, Sheriff has quickly become a recognized advocate and human rights activist since joining the People’s Matrix in 2008. Sheriff holds a BA degree from the National University of Lesotho.
Simbarashe Honde Simbarashe is a content producer and news writer at Radio Veritas and Voice of Wits FM. Zimbabwean born and living in South Africa, Simba began his radio career in 2013 and has a strong commitment to seeing LGBTI stories and issues integrated into, and covered in, mainstream media. He holds an Honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Thabisile Msezane Thabisle, fondly known as Mama Msezane, is a South African human rights activist who has a particular interest in the rights of women and children. She is a trained lay counsellor on women, child abuse and child neglect and holds the 2004 Visionaries in Action Across Africa Letsema Award. Since 1994 she has been the director of Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre, an organisation she founded. She is a member of Parents, Friends and Family of South African Queers, and she is a former senior vice president of the South African Council of Churches.
Toni Kruger-Ayebazibwe Toni is a freelance facilitator and trainer at the Micah Project, and formerly an assistant pastor at the House of Prayer and Worship. Toni is also the owner of Freestyle, a graphic and web design consultancy company. Toni worked for five years at OUT LGBT Well-being, as the first appointee to the sexual health officer position, responsible for developing and implementing all the formal sexual health programmes offered by OUT. Toni holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, from the University of Pretoria.
Tshenolo Madigele Tshenolo is an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church, Botswana, with a strong commitment to do pastoral ministry to the LGBTIQ community in Botswana, in the face of opposition from the church and government. She is the first female theologian in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana, where she is also a lecturer for undergraduate and graduate courses in theology. Tshenolo holds a MA in Theology, from the University of Botswana.
Victor Chikalogwe Victor is a Malawian-born advocate with a strong business and project management background. He is currently the gender rights and LGBT refugees advocacy coordinator at PASSOP, based in Cape Town. Victor holds diplomas in business administration and in project management, and is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities.
Yolanda Benya Yolanda is a mentor and career advisor at the Injabulo Anti- Bullying Project, where she works to create awareness about the harms of bullying. Previously, she was a board member and youth reporter at the Children’s Radio Foundation, and a peer educator at Equal Education. Yolanda is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town.
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]
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:
Natasha Francis Natasha is the South Africa programmes manager of Iranti.org. 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 Farisai 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 Trymore 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.
Nyx 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.
Thuli 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 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.
Lame Olebile Based 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Born in Uganda, Dolar has worked on international development programs for over 20 years, including at the United Nations, VSO, and Oxfam. Dolar joined Iranti.org 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.
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 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 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 Hendricks, Florence Khaxas, Ishmael Makhuludzo, Patience Mandishona, Zethu Matebeni, Pilot Mathambo, Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Nolene Morris, Chan Mubanga, Jabu Pereira, Janet Shapiro, and Marinus Uys.
To understand a bit more about some of our peer reviewers, we wanted to tell you a bit more about Muhsin Hendricks.
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.