Posts Tagged 'aid'

Conditionality in U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Council for Global Equality - Conditionality in U.S. Foreign AssistanceLGBT hate crimes and other abuses are a clear concern in a number of countries.  Our developmental assistance policy-makers inevitably will confront the question of whether – and if so, how – foreign assistance might appropriately be conditioned in response to these and other LGBT human rights policy concerns.  The human rights and developmental assistance communities are divided internally on that point; we will not resolve those divisions today.

It seems to us that all foreign policy decisions, including with respect to foreign assistance, ultimately must reflect our own country’s principles and values – and these include the manner in which a country’s citizens are treated fairly, with equal rights, obligations, and opportunities.  It also seems to us that, except, perhaps, in emergency response, the decisions we take must encourage the kind of global community that shares our principles and values:  otherwise, those individual decisions have little import or reason.

With that in mind, the question of whether foreign aid should be conditioned on a country’s acceptance of LGBT fairness principles logically might come into play at any of three decision points. Continue reading ‘Conditionality in U.S. Foreign Assistance’

Working Toward Policy Coherence

The Council for Global Equality - Working Toward Policy CoherenceU.S. assistance programs must, like overall U.S. foreign policy, be grounded in U.S. principles.  We believe it a moral imperative that our assistance programs embrace the rights and needs of marginalized communities, including LGBT people, as a reflection of our country’s historical support both for equality of treatment and opportunity, and for governments that are responsive to the needs of their people.

But including LGBT people in USG assistance programs is also a matter of policy coherence, and of policy effectiveness.  Good governance programs can’t logically avoid the problems that LGBT and other marginalized and targeted minorities often face in government access and fair treatment.  Economic opportunity programs, such as micro-credit grants and other tools to encourage entrepreneurial development, need to empower whole communities to have maximum impact.  Health programs, and programs aimed at poverty reduction, cannot fully succeed if they skirt a portion of the population.  Educational opportunities, including job skills and business training, are critical for this population, since stigma and discrimination cause LGBT youth to disproportionately drop out of school.  Civil societies are only as strong as their most marginalized component.  And programs aimed at strengthening justice and the rule of law cannot live up to their own promise if they fail to include the abuses that LGBT people often face abroad. Continue reading ‘Working Toward Policy Coherence’

Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) Backup Government’s Criminalisation of Homosexuality

Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe

repost from African Activist

The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) issued a media statement in support of the criminalisation of sex between women by the Malawi government and criticised Germany and the United States for threatening to withhold aid. Malawi’s penal code already prohibits sex between men and the law was applied in the case of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. Continue Reading

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