Promoting a rights-based response in Africa

The project focuses on promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights of LGBT populations in Africa, including prevention of child marriage and sexual and gender-based violence. The project supports national governments in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ivory Coast, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda, Swaziland, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Tanzania, Angola, Ghana, Seychelles, Kenya, RSA and Zambia) over three years from 2016 to 2018. This is the second phase of the project, with the first phase having run from 2013 to 2015. The current phase is premised  on the recommendations from the Mid-term Evaluation of phase 1, and is placing an emphasis on national ownership and accountability in implementing countries. This is being done by facilitating the undertaking of political and cultural scans as well as legal audits/assessments; and by supporting  national governments to action plan for law and policy review. Capacity building support will be provided to national and regional groups from the judiciary, law enforcement and human rights institutions; and support provided to the African Union Commission and the regional economic entities to develop regional instruments like model laws to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights of the population. The project is also developing national case studies to show how countries enact policy and law review and change; and support countries to help identify and develop indicators for measuring human rights interventions.