Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Project background: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre for Africa designed and implemented a project entitled ‘Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa’. The project was initially conceptualized as an 11- country project, occurring between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2015.1 Within the context of countries’ international human rights commitments, the project’s aim was to provide a comprehensive approach towards strengthening legal environments, with an emphasis on reducing the HIV-related vulnerability of LGBT people and women and girls affected by HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Key partners included governments; civil society and community-based organisations; legal experts and members of the judiciary; networks of people living with HIV, and those most at risk of HIV; regional economic communities (e.g. Southern African Development Community – SADC); and the African Union Commission (AUC).

Case study background: The Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health conducted a mid-term evaluation (MTE) of this project. The MTE was conducted with attention to UNDP’s theory of change, standard evaluation criteria relating to relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability, and with additional attention to the human rights principles of inclusion, participation, equality, non-discrimination, and accountability.2 Documents were reviewed using a data extraction tool designed specifically for the MTE and primary qualitative data were collected through semistructured key informant interviews. 3 Outputs from the document review, data extraction, and qualitative interviews were analysed jointly.

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Authors: Laura Ferguson, Ian Henry, Alexandra Nicholson, Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California
Date: December 1, 2015
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