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Africa Donors Pre-Conference at CFCS VI, 12-13 June 2017

The GPP-UHAI Africa Donors Pre-Conference

June 12th (from 1pm) – June 13th, 2017

Co-organised by the Global Philanthropy Project and UHAI EASHRI, the Africa Donors Pre-Conference is a meeting of donors invested in Africa’s LGBTI and sex worker movements. The meetings aims to facilitate networking and build shared analysis and strategies. The 2015 Donors Pre-Conference brought together 59 representatives of 33 funding agencies representing a diversity of public and private foundations, individual and corporate funders, and government agencies, embassies, bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Pre-Conference sessions will focus on the role of public and private foundations in movement building, defence of open space, and exploration of indigenous, African-led research strategies.

Please note: The Africa Donors Pre-Conference is a donors only meeting.
You will need an invitation to register.
For activist registration please contact Roselyn Odoyo at UHAI.


Anne Gathumbi, OSF
Irene Keizer, AIDS Fonds
Caroline Kouassiaman, AJWS
Mutisya Leonard, UHAI
Lucy Mungala, Hivos

David Sampson, The Baring Foundation
Addison Smith, Wellspring Advisors
Jenny Sundberg, RFSL
Nadia van der Linde, Red Umbrella Fund

CFCS VI: Creating a Just Resistance: Our Struggles, Our Strides…

June 14th – 16th, 2017

CFCS is Africa’s largest convening of the continent’s LGBTI and sex worker movements. More than 150 activists and 50 donor representatives are expected at the upcoming CFCS VI, which marks 10 years since the first CFCS. CFCS provides direct and active interaction and mutual learning among activists and donors as part of advocacy to narrow knowledge gaps between those resourcing African movements and those doing the work.

CFCS is an indigenous activist conference organised by African activists who form a planning taskforce to vision the conference and determine its agenda by inviting and selecting presentation ideas.

CFCS VI will explore resistance and movement building; tracking recent struggles and strides in the push for equality, dignity and justice, and mapping shared strategies, new partnerships and futures.

Within the conference programme there are various opportunities for direct donor engagement with activists, including their co-presenting on panels with activists, leading panels, donor office hours, self-organising sessions and an “activists-donors speed dating” session.

CFCS V Donors Pre-Conference (2015)


What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers return transfers between Nairobi and the conference venue, conference registration and materials; up to 5 nights accommodation (or 1 night in the case of the donor pre-conference registration only), all meals, teas and receptions, conferencing costs; and all associated payment processing fees. Applicable registration fees include all transaction and processing fees, and no additional fees will be charged/deducted beyond these fees.

Is there any specific travel guidance for attending CFCS?

Yes. For security reasons, the CFCS venue will not be announced at any point. Instead, UHAI will handle local transport for all from and to the Nairobi airport, or Nairobi’s Central Business District in the case of participants already in Nairobi. UHAI will take the best possible security precautions and measures in selecting and preparing the meeting venue, and the venue will be privately reserved for the exclusive use of CFCS.

How about visas?

Donor participants will arrange their own visas and international air travel. For security purposes, we request all donor participants applying for visas to apply for tourist (and not business) visas indicating a possible stay in a Nairobi hotel of choice.

How can I contact UHAI with any logistics questions?

Direct questions to Mutisya Leonard (mutisya at uhai-eashri dot org), or call him on Skype on his ID: mutisyal.

I have heard of the “activists-donors speed dating” session. What is that about?

Not your traditional dating! Within the conference programme the “activists-donors speed dating” session is a speed-meeting session between activists in Africa’s LGBTI and sex worker movements and donors invested in the movements, pointed at expanding donor and activist knowledge on available funding, current organising needs and priorities, making new relationships, and deepening and expanding existing ones. We will share more details with registered participants as the conference date draws closer.

Once I complete my registration, can I update details later?

Yes. We realise registrants may not have information such as travel details when completing registration. So you may return to your account to update information later. Click ‘contact organiser’ if you have any difficulty updating information or write to mutisya at uhai-eashri dot org.

UHAI logo 2016 (2)

UHAI EASHRI is Africa’s first indigenous activist-led and managed fund dedicated to supporting LGBTI and sex worker organising across Eastern Africa. We are changing the narrative of how Africa’s human rights and health struggles are resourced from one of foreign ‘assistance’; to one of ownership and self-determination by the very activists who live the struggles.

Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Global South and East.

Established in 2009, as the first international cohort of LGBTI funders, GPP is internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work.