Equitas and DNC recognize how power and privilege are inherent to global grantmaking and the importance of destabilizing colonial funding dynamics. This is why we are strong proponents of feminist and participatory approaches that shift the power of decision making to communities themselves. In line with the principles of “nothing about us without us” and “the process is as important as a result”, ACTIF believes that local LGBTQ2I human right defenders and organizations are experts of their own realities and should be at the heart of decision making.
Engaging a diversity of Southern LGBTQ2I communities in funding decisions is critical to more robust LGBTQ2I networks, trust, and solidarity — the building blocks for powerful collective action and vibrant movements. The leadership of LGBTQ2I activists and grantmakers in the Fund’s governance also allows for more informed, equitable, and effective investments and outcomes. With this in mind, Equitas and DNC established an ACTIF Advisory Committee and ACTIF Project Selection Committee.
The ACTIF Advisory Committee is at the heart of the Fund’s governance structure. It advises on and validates the strategic direction of the Fund as well as any changes in response to new developments, and monitors its implementation to ensure the needs of local communities are addressed. The Advisory Committee is responsible for nominating members to the Project Selection Committee, who are tasked with reviewing proposals and selecting projects supported by ACTIF.
The ACTIF Advisory Committee aims to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics, as well as geographic representation. This also includes individuals with a diversity of experiences, such as human rights defenders and activists, as well as representatives from regional organizations, networks and funders with expertise in similar funding mechanisms.
Relations, ILGA World
Director, International Trans Fund
Executive Director, Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest
Chantelle de Nobrega
Program Officer, Mama Cash
Queer feminist activist and Editor in Chief, Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research
Lebanon and France
Program Officer, Foundation for a Just Society
Neish Nicholas McLean
Activist, Consultant and Co-Founder, TransWave
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Manager, Programs and Innovation, CREA
Human Rights Consultant
The Project Selection Committee is comprised of 5-6 members who serve for a two-year term aligned with the call for proposals cycle. The Fund Director and the Executive Director of DNC will sit on the Project Selection Committee ex-officio, without a vote.
The ACTIF Advisory Committee nominates Project Selection Committee members. No person can sit on both the Advisory Committee and Selection Committee. Project Selection Committee members, and their affiliated organizations, cannot apply for funding during their term.
The nomination of members considers diversity of identities and experiences, including human rights defenders and people with expertise in similar funding mechanisms. The Advisory Committee will appoints members for the Project Selection Committee that have the following list of collective competencies/experience: