Sexuality and Development
Sexuality is central to the experience of well-being and happiness. Yet, it is powerful in terms of social and political power dynamics, and therefore dangerous. There has been a recent emphasis on criminalising non-normative sexuality and a rise in homophobic violence in several places in the world. At the same time, there is a historical connection between sexual and gender transgression and socio-economic marginalisation.
This programme, led by akshay khanna and Stephen Wood, will produce evidence-based, practical options for activists and policymakers for strengthening legal protection of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, questioning) people and sexuality rights. A second aspect of the programme will focus on understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty with the aim of improving economic policy and programming to support people marginalised because of their sexuality. Working closely with established networks and movements, approaches to protecting and respecting rights will be based on strategies drawn from local communities that are most affected.
IDS has strong connections with local actors, networks and institutions that work on sexuality and has a proven track record of convening global networks, for example the Pathways of Women's Empowerment RPC, and working with international development actors, for example donors from foundations such as the Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation, to develop effective policy options.