Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands Redirect Aid Away from Ugandan Government Over Anti-Gay Law

Three countries have made moves restricting AID to Uganda after President Museveni's signing of the anti-gay bill, Al Jazeera reports:

Cnn_museveniThe Netherlands froze a $9.6m subsidy to Uganda's legal system, arguing that "if the judiciary is to enforce such laws, we do not wish to assist that process". Denmark and Norway said they would redirect around $8.5m each in government aid towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the U.S. is "beginning an internal review of our relationship" in a statement released yesterday. The British Foreign Secretary has denounced the bill and said it would "continue to press the Government of Uganda to defend human rights for all."


  1. DW says

    Minor spelling point on the headline: it’s “aid,” not “AID.” Things go in all caps when they’re acronyms (like AIDS).

  2. Quicksilver says

    @DW The entire ephing headline is in caps. STFU. Every headline on this website is in all caps. GFY.

  3. edude says

    It’s hard to get the exact picture, but it appears British aid to the Ugandan government was suspended in late 2012 and indefinitely in 2013 because of fraud and the redirection of funds to the bank accounts of private individuals.

    There was a hullabaloo because this President Museveni that signed the bill bought a £30 private jet with aid funds from the British and other governments such as Ireland.

    Annual aid from Britain to the Ugandan government was to be £27 million for 2012, of which the final £11 million was withheld. Other British aid to NGOs operating in Uganda such as the United Nations and development charities totaling £72 million was to go ahead, with subsequent ongoing annual aid totaling about that sum.

    The British government’s Department for International Development is Uganda’s fourth largest donor, behind the World Bank, the African Development Fund and the US.

    Justine Greening, MP is the Secretary of State for International Development and contact details for the DfID are: 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG, England, email:

  4. DW says

    @QUICKSILVER, it’s right after Andy’s byline. “Three countries have made moves restricting AID to Uganda after President Museveni’s signing of the anti-gay bill…”

  5. ChrisQ says

    Cut them the hell off. And even if they repeal the law, keep the spigot turned off anyway. We can use $500 million more a year right here at home.

  6. Rowan says

    EDUDE, why do I sigh and weep reading your comment? They all know how corrupt their country and government is but no, teh gayzzzzzzz are the trouble. Sigh.

  7. Randy says

    So disappointed in my own country, Canada, for doing nothing. It wasn’t even discussed in “question period” yesterday.

  8. Phil says

    Quicksilver, why flame out at your own people over something so minor . . . especially when you didn’t even notice the point he was making.

  9. Felix says

    @Quicksilver: grow up.

    Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands are simply doing what real first world countries do: lead

  10. Benard Rono says

    but what is itching in the Western countries over Musevenis’ anti-gay law? I think Western states should respect Africa for they have their own way of doing things.

  11. says

    @Benard Rono
    All Ugandans are human beings and that comes with basic inalienable human rights which this law violates. This law violates Uganda’s constitution. It violates international treatises on human rights that Uganda agreed to.

    Asking the world to respect a law that leads to genocide is unthinkable. There is no respect for genocide. Ever. Not from any civilized democracy. For Uganda to participate in a global community the utmost requirement is that it recognize and guarantee all it’s citizens their human rights.

  12. Graphicjack says

    Good. Stop the aid. It’s not like it’s actually going to the prope in need anyway. As other people said, why give money to corrupt governments who buy keys with aid money from other countries and then scapegoat gays for all their problems?

  13. TKinSC says

    Oh no, Denmark and Norway are cutting ties with Uganda! However will Uganda survive without its life-sustaining supply of the letters Å, Æ, and Ø?


    @BENARD RONO: Where are you from? Have you ever heard of basic human rights? Of equality? Of solidarity? The LGBT people of Uganda have been robbed of their basic human rights by the Uganda’s Government Anti-Gay Law. The LGBT people of Uganda have been robbed of basic respect of their own humanness by the Uganda’s Government Anti-Gay Law. No one who is SANE, HEALTHY and MORAL would have respect (positive feeling of esteem) for such INSANE, UNHEALTHY and IMMORAL LAW.

  15. MarkI says

    Randy: I wrote an email to John Baird asking him to speak up about it and to stress that I don’t want my tax dollars going to that country.
    No response, of course.

  16. Hey Darlin' says

    It’s hard to imagine foreign governments receive funding with little to no explanation of how and where that funding goes and why it’s necessary they continue to receive it.

  17. Bill says

    @edude : about the “£30 private jet” – if it really cost that much, I hope the people behind this bill get to fly on it, and often, as any jet purchased for such a pittance would surely be unsafe to use.

  18. m says

    This is not so straightforward, and I actually am happy with how the US has been handling the situation. There is important work being done to prevent HIV transmission in Uganda, using USAID funds, including both MSM (men who have sex with men) and maternal-child transmission. Our representatives our being very vocal that the ability of our personnel to complete any of that work may be compromised by a law that could result in jailtime for fieldstaff perceived as supporting gays. I am completely apalled by the law but I also dislike HIV and would be unhappy if we abandoned programs that were important for global health based on our prioritization of gay rights over human lives. I think the current course of action, of advising Uganda that this course of action may threaten the viability of programs it needs specifically because of the nature of the law and not because Western Imperialists felt angry their morals couldn’t be projected onto another sovereign nation, is going to lead to weakening (or, ideally) dismantling of the law from inside Uganda rather than the policy still standing while resentment against Western powers grows.