World Bank Suspends Funding to Uganda Over Anti-homosexuality Bill

BY S Kwagala: The world Bank has declared that there will be no new public financing to Uganda following it’s passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The communication came through a statement released by the Bank on August 8,2023. It pointed out that Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act contradicts the World Bank’s values .

“We believe our vision to eradicate poverty on a lovable planet can only succeed if it includes everyone irrespective of race , gender, or sexuality. This law undermines those efforts.”

The world Bank wrote in its statement saying that inclusion and non- discrimination is at the core of its work around the world.

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In part , Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act criminalises same sex conduct, including potentially the death penalty for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality,” into law.

Promotion of the same is also prohibited and penalised in this act .

According to the World Bank , its goal is to protect sexual and gender minorities from discrimination and exclusion in the projects it finances .

To ensure that the goal is met , the world Bank has included additional measures to be tested, third party monitoring and redress of grievances will also to be increased as well .

The World Bank is just one of the agencies that have so far withdrawn funding since the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. More threaten to follow suit in case Uganda does not revise it’s law .

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