World Bank will not resume Uganda projects without LGBTQ safeguards

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11/03/2023

The World Bank has declared that it will insist on LGBTQ rights safeguards before new Uganda funding resumes, after it was halted in August following the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Law 2023. “World Bank project documents will make it clear that LGBTQ+ Ugandans should not face discrimination and that staff will not be arrested for including them,” Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank’s Head for Eastern and Southern Africa, said on the sidelines of the recent World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings in Marrakech, Morocco. “We’re doing all this to clarify [that anti-LGBTQ+ bias] is not what you should be doing in World Bank-financed projects and to say you are allowed to do it the right way and you will be not be arrested,” Kwakwa said to the Reuters news agency.

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