Botswana: A comparison of urban and rural LGBT support groups

This LEGABIBO lessons learned assessment focuses on evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, functionality and relevance of the LGBT support groups. The assessment compares and contrasts support groups in rural and urban areas, focusing on;
i. The methods they use to mobilise and retain members despite the lack of resources
ii. The kind of creative interventions and activities they engage in
iii. What makes support groups function efficiently and effectively
iv. The internal and external factors that shaped the development of the groups
v. Experiences and changes that had occurred
vi. Challenges and successes in keeping the group together
vii. How the groups deal with stigma and discrimination, cultural and religious marginalisation and how these factors have shaped their groups.
These indicators were used to assess the functionality, efficiency and effectiveness of the structure. Data was collected through observation, oral interviews and questionnaires. The results showed that homophobia is more prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas; however support groups in rural areas seem to function more consistently than those in urban areas. What helps keep the structure together is the sense of belonging, togetherness, bridging the isolation gap, safety and security. Support groups in the urban areas are well positioned to function a lot better than those in rural
areas given that they have access to resources, there is high tolerance but they do not seem to make use of these available resources.

To read more about the lessons learned open the PDF-document below:

LL 39 A comparison of urban and rural LGBT support groups in Botswana

This lessons learned document was developed as part of the Bridging the Gaps programme