Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Global Development Partnership Evaluation

Empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities by strengthening the capacity of LGBTI leaders and civil society organizations.

Individuals who are LGBTI face rampant discrimination and violence around the world. Over 70 countries and territories currently criminalize same-sex relationships, several of which may legally impose the death penalty. As a result, LGBTI individuals suffer physical, emotional, social, and economic harm.

The LGBTI Global Development Partnership (LGBTI-GDP) was a pioneering collaboration between USAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and several other partners. LGBTI-GDP trained leaders to participate in democratic processes, run organizations, and conduct research to inform national, regional, and global policymaking and program development. The Global Development Partnership also helped LGBTI leaders become entrepreneurs to promote economic development in their communities.

LGBTI-GDP worked in four regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, and South Asia. It comprised two separate alliances. The first, which focused on human rights, ran from 2012 to 2018. The second, which was involved with entrepreneurship and economic growth, ran from 2013 to 2020. Both projects received financial and technical contributions from corporations, donors, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and universities.

NORC’s qualitative evaluation of LGBTI-GDP from 2017 to 2018 found that the trainings helped people navigate discrimination, advocate for themselves, and build confidence. Tailoring programs to individuals in each country was particularly successful. NORC recommended that future programs coordinate the work of donors, partners, and grantees for a longer period and create dedicated spaces for sharing best practices. Last, engaging allies and broader audiences in policy efforts would get at the root causes of discrimination.

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