Development cooperation ,31.10.2014

Global Equality Fund (GEF); Supporting LGBTI rights particularly in Africa


LGBTI people and groups are in a vulnurable situation and face discrimination in many parts of the world. Finland's human rights policy aims at promoting and defending universal human rights of the LGBTI people. Global Equality Fund (GEF) is established in 2011 by the United States of America and is governed by the US State Department in cooperation with a NGO Concertium and donor countries. GEF supports programmes that promote LGBTI issues and the rights of LGBTI people globally. GEF supports civil society through the following three areas: capasity building and technical support (74%); support through "Dignity for all" fund and through small grants to local NGO's (9%). The Finnish contribution will be mainly targeted to projects in particular in Africa (among others Kenya, Uganda) that strengthen the principle of non-discriminationas well as the universality of human rights. The beneficiaries will be local LGBTI organisation and other civil society actors in countries in question. The fund will contribute to the strengthening of LGBTI rights, enpowerment of LGBTI people and groups as well as providing education on LGBTI issues to governmental actors.

Funding decision  31.10.2014

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Human rights 100%

Funding channel

Muut toteuttajat



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