Capacity Development

UHAI EASHRI, Nairobi, Kenya

UHAI EASHRI, is a Nairobi-based organization that fights for the sexual and reproductive rights of LGBTQIs in East Africa. AFRICA’SOUT! funded the organization in 2015 and 2016 to support its staff development, communications and grantmaking in the region. Two consecutive years of funding has created a wonderful opportunity to engage in a more candid conversation on the sexual rights of minority groups in Africa and the Diaspora, with a larger global audience.

UHAI EASHRI is the first organization of its kind to support a movement for the rights of LGBTQIs and sex workers in East Africa.  It was founded by Wanja Muguongo, a queer African feminist and social justice activist, who was also a Yale World Fellow in 2012 and a Synergos Senior fellow in 2014. By engaging activists involved in movements to take charge of the grant making process, UHAI EASHRI employs a uniquely East African perspective on social change, ensuring those closest to its challenges also have the power to fund action for change. Since it was founded in 2009, UHAI EASHRI has awarded nearly $5 million to civil society groups in Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. By early 2016, UHAI had also funded sexual and gender minority activism in Ethiopia, which will be followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo towards the end of 2016.

Amount granted 2015 - $400,000+

 
Founded in 2008, UHAI EASHRI provides East Africa's LGBTI and sex worker movements flexible and responsive funding, capacity support, and support for research, partner engagements and convenings. By engaging the very activists involved in the movement to guide the grant making process, UHAI EASHRI employs a uniquely East African perspective on social change, ensuring those closest to the issues have the agency to fund action.