LGBT+ Inclusion in International Development Programming

In July, DFID launched its first call for proposals to address lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBTi) inclusion in international development (under ‘UK Aid Connect’). This is a welcome first step.

However, much more needs to be done across the sector to address this topic and ensure LGBT+ rights are not siloed into one initiative. Still, far too many people are consistently discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity - in society, by institutions, in access to services and, crucially, in development programmes. This is despite the fact that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commit all development actors to ensure that no one is ‘left behind’ in their work.

The suggestions below are a starting point. They are not meant to be comprehensive, though we do recommend completing as many of them as possible. Even if you don’t think your programme is immediately relevant, there are very likely to be simple steps to take to ensure LGBT+ communities do not continue to be left behind.

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