Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality act 2023 signed into law- World bank Angry


The values of the World Bank Group are fundamentally at odds with those of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. Inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation, is essential to the realisation of our goal of ending poverty on a sustainable planet. This law is counterproductive to those goals. Our work all over the world is based on the principles of acceptance and equality for all.

As soon as the law was passed, the World Bank sent a team to Uganda to analyse our holdings in light of the new regulations. Based on the findings of the review, further action is required to guarantee that future projects are carried out in accordance with our environmental and social standards. Our mission is to ensure that all of our funded projects are welcoming and safe spaces for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The authorities are currently discussing these measures.

Until the effectiveness of the additional measures has been tested, no proposal for new public financing to Uganda will be presented to our Board of Executive Directors.

We will be able to make adjustments as needed thanks to the increased use of third-party monitoring and complaint redress mechanisms.

The World Bank Group has had a fruitful partnership with Uganda for many years, and we are dedicated to continuing that work so that all Ugandans can benefit from our efforts to help them overcome poverty and gain access to basic services.

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