UHAI’s grants are decided by local activists who live through local struggles every day.
UHAI is the first funder for most activist organisations in Eastern Africa. We take important risks to support young, promising ideas and organisations often unknown to other funders, contributing to growing our movements.
UHAI sustains funding to our partners over the years, including with capacity support to grow their structural integrity. Through core, multi-year funding, we enable established organisations to sustain programmes and secure long-term change.
UHAI does not pre-determine funding areas but fund current and urgent needs as identified by activists. And, we know not all organising is formally registered—particularly in the early years—so we consider requests regardless of registration status. In these cases, we provide support through fiscal hosts in our movements.
UHAI’s grants are decided by local activists from within the sexual and gender minorities and sex worker movements. In response to movement needs, UHAI awards Peer Grants through a once-a-year call and Opportunity, Strategic and Capacity Support Grants on a rolling basis.
As our movements are growing, their needs continue to rise. In addition, today more than ever before, the environment is increasingly hostile and violent. Therefore, UHAI pushes for continued, increased support that we can channel to our movements
UHAI awards Peer Grants through a once-a-year call and Opportunity, Strategic and Capacity Support Grants on a rolling basis.
UHAI is a flexible and responsive fund. We do not pre-determine funding areas.
Peer Grants are determined by the Peer Grants Committee (PGC). Strategic and Opportunity Grants are approved by the Co-Executive Directors on recommendation of UHAI’s Secretariat Grants Committee (SGC).
The context in which Eastern African sexual and gender minorities and sex worker organising operates is restrictive and poses significant barriers to efficient programming. For one, the need for organisations to operate underground means they are often unable to access the resources necessary to flourish like mainstream organisations.
Enhancing this capacity has always been a critical to UHAI. We accompany grants with capacity support to build organisation and leadership capacities, and their effectiveness. We believe capacity support is as critical as funding is in growing activism that is articulate, knowledgeable, sustainable and accountable. UHAI’s capacity support approach consists of activist partners first defining their own learning agenda, based upon which we either facilitate peer learning within our movements and also offer direct mentorship.
Organisation development is offered to grantee partners in skills building workshops convened based on shared learning issues and countries; and through mentorship at the organisation-level.
Activist leadership development is offered through linking them to UHAI’s pioneer Activists-in-Residence (AiR) peer learning exchange programme, and through other learning fellowships globally.
Uwezeshaji Grants support such institutional development aims as strategic planning and policies development, and also support organisations to plan professional development for their staff.
Through supporting and conducting research as well as the CFCS conference, we create tools and spaces that facilitate activists to lend voice to the sexual and gender minorities and sex worker landscape by sharing organizing and advocacy experiences, track trends and build alliances while providing us lessons on current dynamics and needs.