Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme

The Sexuality, Law and Poverty Programme provides new evidence-based knowledge and new policy options that support efforts to: (1) strengthen, through legal reform, the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex) people and others marginalised because of their sexuality; and (2) support LGBTI people and others marginalised because of their sexuality to establish sustainable livelihoods. The theme produces risk-sensitive, practical approaches that can be implemented to achieve legal reform and tackle poverty among people marginalised due to their sexuality.

This programme 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.

Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme website

The Sexuality, Poverty and Law website aims to keep you updated on sexuality and development issues, alongside research and policy recommendations in a rapidly changing and globally connected field of research. As well as including key issues guides, policy findings, and case studies, the site features our unique, free interactive Toolkit for Sexuality and Social Justice that shares learning on strategies to strengthen rights and improve the lives of those marginalised because of their sexuality.

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Recent work


Making transgender murder victims visible

To mark 2016's Transgender Day of Remembrance, IDS's Stephen Wood and partners at Transgender Europe highlight the intersections of discrimination faced by the transgender community post Brexit and Trump.

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Stephen Wood & 2 others

18 November 2016


Avenues for Donors to Promote Sexuality and Gender Justice

IDS Policy Briefing 120

Donor agencies agree that addressing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) is not only an important human rights issue but is also integral to efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development.

7 June 2016