Established in 2009, UHAI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund supporting the human rights of sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We fund activist organising in 7 countries across Eastern Africa — Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. We also fund and partner with Pan-African organisations working across the continent. We offer flexible and accessible grants, capacity support, and we support and facilitate activist convening.
As a participatory fund, we are led by Eastern African activists who live through local human rights struggles. We advance local activist voice by providing them the resources and tools they need to push for change. We are also building agency and leadership in our movements by ensuring that our communities are not just beneficiaries of our support, but decision-makers for the support.