Donors To Uganda Continue To Announce Aid Suspensions Because Of Anti-Gay Law
As international outcry over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill continues, the World Bank announces it has postponed a loan to the country meant to strengthen its health care system.
Associated Press: Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay law
“Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure over which some Western governments had warned of consequences…” (Muhumuza, 2/27).
Agence France-Presse: World Bank holds up Uganda loan over anti-gay law
“The World Bank stalled a $90 million loan planned to help Uganda strengthen its health care system on Thursday after the country put in place a harsh anti-gay law…” (2/27).
Agence France-Presse: Ugandan government shrugs off aid cuts over anti-gay law
“Uganda has shrugged off foreign aid cuts and international criticism of its tough new anti-gay law, saying it could do without Western aid…” (Leroux-Nega, 2/27).
Deutsche Welle: German aid for Uganda as yet unchanged
“Uganda’s anti-gay law continues to draw harsh international criticism, with several Western countries freezing aid. Germany’s Development Ministry said any cuts to aid by Berlin would require ‘careful scrutiny’…” (Sandner, 2/27).
Devex: How Uganda’s anti-gay law can undermine HIV and AIDS response
“…[A]lthough most critics are talking about human rights and the shrinking freedom of the LGBT community in Africa, another — for some, even more pressing — concern is how this can affect the HIV and AIDS response in the country, the brunt of which is funded by foreign aid…” (Ravelo, 2/28).
Reuters: World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law
“The World Bank on Thursday postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda’s health system over a law that toughened punishment for gays, an unusual move for an institution that typically avoids wading into politics…” (Yukhananov, 2/27).
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