LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Pre-announcement: ILGA-Europe launches report Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia

On Monday 30 April ILGA-Europe will launch Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Priorities and Access to Resources.The report and the data collected gives us an excellent picture of the opportunities and challenges for funding LGBTI activism that exist in Europe and Central Asia.

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We asked activists in Europe and Central Asia about the funding situation for their organisations. Almost 300 activists participated in our survey and told us about their priorities, funding gaps and barriers they faced in getting funding in the first place. 

We are planning a series of interesting webinars for activists and funders to dive further into the findings. Please scroll down for further information.

Why does this report matter?

Activists in Europe have achieved significant change with relatively little resources, in times of growing opposition it has become critical to take a deeper look about how funding reaches LGBTI movements. Access to sustainable resources for LGBTI movements in Europe and Central Asia are not a given – funders change priorities in terms of priorities, but also regions in which they work. The Global Philantrophy Project reported that in the period 2013-2014 funders reported to have supported the American LGBTI movement with $218mln, whereas the European LGBTI movement received approximately $22mln. Thus, it is important to understand what funding gaps and opportunities exist.

With this report, ILGA-Europe present the perspectives of activists on how funding can help bring about change. By doing that we aim to foster conversations about how funding can best help the European and Central Asian LGBTI movement in critical times. The report is just a starting point for conversations and so we are inviting you to join us in exploring how we can strengthen the landscape of funding for LGBTI activism in Europe and Central Asia.

Want to read the report?
Interested in our findings? You can subscribe here to receive the publication on the launch day (30 April) and indicate your interest in attending webinars.   

Webinars for activists!

We invite LGBTI activists working in Europe and Central Asia to join us in a series of webinars to discuss the findings.

  • Introduction to Key Findings - Thursday 3 May at 16.00 CEST (Duration: 1hr 15)

We will introduce the key findings of the report. Björn van Roozendaal from ILGA-Europe will talk about why ILGA-Europe worked on this report. Itsauthors, Erin Howe and Somjen Frazer from Strength in Numbers will talk about the findings and Matthew Hart from the Global Philantrophy Project will talk about the significance of this report for funders. Activists will have the opportunity to ask questions. Note that this webinar is for activists only.

  • Community Organising – Why is it a Priority?  Monday 4 June at 16.00 CEST (Duration: 1hr)

We will talk with activists about why community organising is such a critical activity in these times. It appears that this activity is often underfunded and we would like to discuss why this is the case and what can be done about that. Note that this webinar is for activists only.

  • Fighting opposition – what does it entail?  Thursday 7 June at 16.00 CEST (Duration: 1hr)

We will talk with activists about how they fight opposition. What are effective strategies and what is the role that funders can play in supporting this? We want to discuss how funders can contribute to this important work. Note that this webinar is for activists only.

Webinar for Funders!

  • Introduction to Key Findings – Tuesday 12 June at 16.00 CEST (Duration: 1hr 15)

We will introduce the report's key findings. Björn van Roozendaal from ILGA-Europe will talk about why ILGA-Europe worked on this report. Its authors Erin Howe and Somjen Frazer from Strength in Numbers will talk about the findings. This webinar is for funders only.