This Toolkit contains resources to assist Europe and Eurasia (E&E) region Mission staff and implementing partners to increase and improve the LGBT community’s involvement in development programming.
LGBT initiatives are a new priority for USAID, and there is still much to learn and understand
SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY
Drawing upon research and perspectives from the development, gender, and human rights fields, this Toolkit provides a range of information and is divided into three main sections. This section reviews relevant terms and LGBT social issues in the E&E region and discusses the key overarching issues and challenges in conducting LGBT-related development work. Section two identifies and describes effective approaches to working with LGBT communities. Section three, the heart of the Toolkit, is a discussion of how USAID programming in various sectors can reach out to LGBT communities in the E&E region and address issues of importance to them. In addition, an extensive list of references (with links to resources online) is included. Users of the Toolkit will obtain resources and technical information that
A major challenge in the development of the Toolkit is the fact that USAID currently has little dedicated LGBT programming and experience mainstreaming LGBT organizations into existing projects. Existing efforts are often new and conducted on a small scale. As a result, there was scarce practical experience from which to draw, and few models to use for exploring promising practices. Furthermore, reports and website narratives, which often mention LGBT components of larger projects only in passing, do not convey fully the challenges and opportunities inherent in working with LGBT communities in the region.