Francophone LGBTI Advocates Initiative (FLAI)



Programme area Capacity Strengthening
Region Burkina FasoBurundiCameroonCote d'IvoireDem. Rep. CongoMaliRwandaSenegalTogo
Year/s 2013201420152016
Partner Heartland Alliance


This project seeks to achieve four broad objectives in francophone Africa, namely: ensure that Francophone LGBT advocates and organisations have enhanced capacity, are skilled, and able to engage in SOGI advocacy; broaden the LGBT leadership in 9 francophone countries.


  • Build the capacity of both existing and new LGBT leaders, as well as mainstream civil society, to engage in local, national, regional and cross-regional human rights advocacy initiatives.
  • Develop communication strategies, through dedicated media and social network with the purpose of ensuring connectivity within LGBT communities, as well as building a system for spreading information about violations of human rights and awareness raising for LGBT Francophone activists.


With support from the European Commission’s Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy through Heartland Alliance, under its Global Initiative for Human Rights, AMSHeR implemented the Francophone LGBT Advocates Initiative (FLAI) across 9 countries in West and Central Africa.

In Cote D’Ivoire, the project team worked with the National Human Rights Commission to develop an implementation plan to respond to the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on strengthening human rights protections for LGBT in the country.

In Burundi and Burkina Faso, a socio-political crisis gave more sense to the security assessment component of FLAI, shifting the focus of the project to risk mitigation and ensuring the safety of beneficiaries and the LGBT constituency as a whole.

In Rwanda, an existing platform on youth and human rights was extended to include project participants.

In Cameroon, the country’s Monitoring Group for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights invited representatives of LGBT organisations to be part of the committee drafting shadow reports and to participate in monitoring the implementation of recommendations from regional and international human rights bodies.

In Mali, a larger Platform was created to discuss how best to document and address SOGI-based human rights violations, and to strengthen community organising and participation in advocacy for change.



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