“Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act fundamentally contradicts the World Bank Group’s values. We believe our vision to eradicate poverty on a livable planet can only succeed if it includes everyone irrespective of race, gender, or sexuality. This law undermines those efforts. Inclusion and non-discrimination sit at the heart of our work around the world,” a statement from the World Bank dated August 8, 2023 issued by the David Theis, Press Secretary and Spokesperson, said.
The statement said immediately after the law was enacted, the World Bank deployed a team to Uganda to review the portfolio in the context of the new legislation.
The international financial institution said the review determined additional measures that are necessary to ensure projects are implemented in alignment with environmental and social standards.
“Our goal is to protect sexual and gender minorities from discrimination and exclusion in the projects we finance. These measures are currently under discussion with the authorities,” the statement notes.
It added: “No new public financing to Uganda will be presented to our Board of Executive Directors until the efficacy of the additional measures has been tested.”
World Bank said third-party monitoring and grievance redress mechanisms will significantly increase, allowing them to take corrective action as necessary.
“The World Bank Group has a longstanding and productive relationship with Uganda; and we remain committed to helping all Ugandans—without exception—escape poverty, access vital services, and improve their lives,” the statement concluded.