LGBTI Inclusion in Development Policy and Agenda 2030


RFSL presents “Guiding Principles on the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) People in Development Policy and Programs.” The "Guiding Principles" is a new tool for all actors engaging in development programs and policy work, including the Agenda 2030.

The ”Guiding Principles on the Inclusion of LGBTI People in Development Policy and Programs” is a guide to assist different actors in designing, implementing and monitoring international, national, and local development activities related to LGBTI people. The Guiding Principles incorporate empirical and scientific knowledge as well as current international human rights standards. They are also an advocacy tool for various stakeholders providing common ground for discussions and activities within development and human rights frameworks.

The Guiding Principles are based on RFSL’s long experience of working with LGBTIQ rights internationally and has been developed in cooperation with experts and actors from civil society.

The Guiding Principles set out cross-cutting recommendations that apply to all phases of development activities and advocacy, rather than address particular dimensions of development, such as health, safety, or employment, or housing.

  • Principles 1 to 4 address fundamental questions about the realities and lived experience of LGBTI people, and they respond to misconceptions and stereotypes that are often used to exclude LGBTI people from development activities.
  • Principles 5 to 8 address the role of LGBTI communities and NGOs in development activities, including data and research activities.
  • Principles 9 to 13 address the operations of development agencies and individual development practitioners.

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