THE OTHER FOUNDATION GRANT-MAKING UPDATE

As received from The Other Foundation

 

“The Other Foundation closed its recent call for grant proposals on 15 January 2021. A total of 340 applications were received from 14 countries. 13 of these applications did not meet the basic requirements outlined in the call for proposals. The total amount being asked for in the applications is about ZAR 39 million.

The Foundation has about ZAR 9 million to allocate in grants in this round of grant-making. Our peer review process this year has been delayed by remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on 15 February 2021, all the concept proposals received will be assessed by an independent panel of peer reviewers. These peer reviewers will recommend the concept proposals that will be taken to the second stage of the grant-making process.

You might have seen the recent headline story and editorial comment about the Foundation’s grant-making in the Times of Zambia on Friday 29 January 2021 which continued with more front-page coverage on Tuesday 2 February 2021. The Other Foundation believes that every citizen in southern Africa should be free to live a safe and dignified life, have a family, and make their contribution to society – no matter who they are or who they love. As an LGBTI community foundation for southern Africa, an organization of the southern African region, the Other Foundation believes that addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is every citizen’s responsibility – governments, businesses, the media, religious groups, traditional leaders, families, and civil society organizations alike.

We are proud to be contributing to efforts to overcome the pandemic, especially to address the hardships faced by millions of people in our region as a result of it. The Foundation does not believe that it needs to be secretive about what it does, especially because of the long and proud history of struggle for freedom and equality, and against all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and social and economic injustice in southern Africa. The struggle for human rights globally has been shaped by those struggles against colonialism and for freedom. We stand in that tradition. Our grant-making over several years has been done publicly. Information about the support that we give to a wide range of civil society organizations across southern Africa has been transparently declared publicly for years. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the content of the article with the editor of the Times of Zambia and Minister Godfridah Sumaili.”

 

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