The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Global Development Partnership (GDP) is a collaborative initiative and first-of-its kind public-private partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and several other resource and implementing partners. The partnership is currently active in four key regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, and South Asia, and consists of two distinct but complementary Global Development Alliances. Together, they empower LGBTI communities by strengthening the capacity of LGBTI leaders and civil society organizations; training LGBTI leaders to effectively participate in democratic processes and operate organizations; conducting research to inform national, regional, and global policy and programs; and promoting economic empowerment through enhanced LGBTI entrepreneurship and business development.
This performance evaluation seeks to assess how and to what extent the GDP has accomplished its purpose to support and empower LGBTI individuals and civil society organizations in developing countries as they advocate for their own human rights and seek to improve their lives. Specifically, the evaluation helps create a deeper understanding of the activities and impact of the GDP's two Global Development Alliances (GDAs): the Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership, and Promoting Global LGBTI Equality through Entrepreneurship & SME Growth in Developing Countries and Regions. The results of the evaluation also help identify promising approaches to protect LGBTI people from violence and discrimination.
The evaluation was conducted using qualitative methods. NORC first reviewed GDP documents made available by USAID and implementing partners, then interviewed a total of 65 individuals in Colombia, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. In additional, 7 individuals from 7 organizations were trained in the "Most Significant Change" (MSC) story data technique, and together they worked with beneficiaries to develop 35 MSC stories to document the GDP's impact.
This evaluation found that the LGBTI GDP has been very effective in achieving its goals, and that the composition and multi-partner structure of the GDP was a driving factor for its efficacy. The evaluation found that the GDP's interventions resulted in unique benefits for participants at all levels. This evaluation also found several areas for the GDP to consider as it continues to make significant achievements in protecting LGBTI people in developing countries from violence and discrimination.