Capacity building involves working with communities or organisations to give them access to the resources and services that help them develop their own solutions. In LGBTI activism, this usually entails working with activist groups to let them develop and grow in places where there are significant obstacles to doing so. The goal is to tackle these problems, while considering the potential, limitations and needs of the activists in the country concerned.
At the request of activists in our region, and on their terms, Kaleidoscope helps where possible by:
- connecting activists with networks, resources and services in Australia and elsewhere, such as grant giving bodies, legal support and other relevant organisations that can help them to play a meaningful role in international or regional campaigns; and
- facilitating tailored training and educational materials to assist activists in their important work.
Kaleidoscope has conducted two particularly significant capacity building projects with activists in the Pacific region:
- In October 2016, we organised the LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum with the support of the United States Embassy in Canberra. This two-day event brought together over 30 young activists from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific to develop their capacity to advocate for change in relation to the rights of LGBTI people.
- In March 2016, we conducted a week-long training program with LGBTI activists from Tonga in Sydney and Canberra, with the support of the United States Embassy in Canberra. The training program involved meetings with Australian government officials, activists and academics, who shared their experiences on the best ways of achieving reform in the region.