Strong in Diversity – Bold on Inclusion


To promote inclusion of LGBT+ people in society and the recognition of their rights, by opposing discrimination and stereotyping, while also making LGBT+ communities more resilient.


Dakar, Lagos, Lusaka Maputo and Nairobi.


LGBT+ people face discrimination and exclusion by the wider society. Religious, community and political leaders play a key role in shaping negative public opinion. They use anti-LGBT+ rhetoric that reinforces stigma and to some extent, instigates violence against LGBT+ persons. Their views are echoed by the media in a sensationalist way. As a result, LGBT+ communities suffer from exclusion and often live in fear for their safety.


The Strong in Diversity program focuses on engaging those who oppose LGBT+ rights in dialogue and building alliances with them, as well as strengthening the resilience of LGBT+ communities. Together with local organizations and supportive mentors, the program aims to achieve wider social acceptance of LGBT+ people by constructively changing the tone and content of public discussions regarding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE).

Results so far

The program started in January 2019 and is in the co-creation phase. It will post initial results at the end of the year.

Period and budget

2019-2022, GBP 12.9 million



UK aid (donor), Consortium partners: Hivos (lead), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), Synergía – Initiatives in Human Rights, ARTICLE 19, Workplace Pride, Kaleidoscope Trust and the University of London (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the University of Pretoria).