UNDP’s HIV, Health, and Development programme includes pillars emphasizing the reduction of inequalities and social exclusion that drive HIV and poor health as well as the promotion of effective and inclusive governance for health. Globally and within Africa, this work includes an emphasis on populations that are marginalized and excluded because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.
The #WeBelongAfrica programme is a regional initiative that integrates two UNDP-led projects, namely the Inclusive Governance Initiative and the Southern Africa Young Key Populations Inclusion Initiative. The programme is designed to support state entities in sub-Saharan Africa to become increasingly accountable and responsive to, and inclusive of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people and young key populations, which in turn will contribute to better laws, more responsive public sector services, and social norms that affirm these populations’ perspectives, needs and rights.
#WeBelongAfrica intends to contribute to the strengthened commitment and capacity of African decision makers, at country level as well as in regional institutions, to be responsive and accountable to, and inclusive of, sexual and gender minorities and young key populations; to understand and support their rights and perspectives; and to promote equitable sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV outcomes.
The Inclusive Governance Initiative is supported by Sweden and the Southern Africa Young Key Populations Inclusion Initiative is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Mozambique. Start-up support in 2019 and 2020 was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Increased number of African decision-makers understand, are responsive to, inclusive of, and accountable to LGBTI+ people and young key populations, thereby promoting equitable SRHR and HIV outcomes and human rights for all.
- Increased capacity of LGBTI+ and young key population activists and allies to sensitize and influence relevant decision-makers and to hold authorities to account.
- Increased inclusion, participation, representation, and influence of diverse African LGBTI+ and young key populations and their allies in relevant policy and decision-making.
- Increased use of African ideas, evidence and innovations that support LGBTI+ and young key population inclusive governance and related work.
- Sustained and increased international donor support and funding for LGBTI+ and key population regional work in Africa.