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Title:Gender, gays and gain: the sexualised politics of donor aid in Malawi
Authors:Chanika, EmmieISNI
Lwanda, John L.ISNI
Muula, Adamson S.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:development cooperation
human rights
government policy
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/601
Abstract:Many Malawian politicians have exploited religious and cultural discourses, encouraging the discourse of the 'God-fearing Malawi nation' while also acknowledging the country as a secular State. This discourse - which most recently underwent further development in the early 1980s when Christians and Muslims, funded by donor money, accelerated their evangelical drives in the context of a one-party Malawi - resonates with a patriarchal, conservative political dispensation. This paper traces the evolution of the 'God-fearing nation' discourse in Malawian politics. It posits that the government used the 'gay rights issue' as a strategy to disorient human rights activists and donors. Gay rights were de-linked from other civil rights, forcing a binary approach toward gay rights, which were seen by government supporters as 'anti-Christian', 'anti-Malawian' concepts. The debate with donors enabled the government to claim 'sovereign autonomy' and galvanize the population into an anti-aid mentality (better no aid than aid that supports homosexuality). Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and German [Journal abstract]