23 March 2021 - NW564
Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Social Development
Whether her department funds any (a) programmes and (b) non-governmental organisations that offer services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (i) services are rendered and (ii) are the further relevant details?
a) The Department of Social Development provide funding to various programmes targeting all vulnerable group in society in terms the legislation and policy prescripts. (b) The criteria that is utilised for funding non-governmental organisations is designed to ensure that funded organisations (i) render services to the benefit of all vulnerable groups. There is no specific sets of rules that are for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community. But the emphasis is on ensuring that services rendered are equitable, accessible, and transformative and promote social cohesion in the broader community. (ii) For example in relation to LGBTQI+ Community, the DSD provide ongoing sensitization training to frontline staff both the DSD and from non-governmental organisations as part of promoting non-discriminatory practices as well as mainstreaming of service delivery to respond to the needs of all vulnerable group.
National Assembly Written Reply: 564 of 2021
Approved by the Minister of Social Development