Avenues for Donors to Promote Sexuality and Gender Justice
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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. However, with limited support and evidence of what works, and even hostility from many governments, incorporating SOGI issues into the day-to-day development work of country offices, NGO partners and diplomatic missions presents many challenges. Nonetheless, progress is being made. Investment in leadership, clear policies and training, effective coordination across agencies and sectors, and a stronger evidence base are among the crucial steps to positive change.