LGBTI-inclusive Policies

LGBT Vision for Action

USAID’s vision is a world in which the human rights of LGBT persons are:

  • Respected and able to live with dignity, free from discrimination, persecution, and violence.
  • Able to participate fully in democratic decision-making in their households, communities and countries.
  • Have equal access to sustainable livelihoods, economic assets and resources.
  • Not barred from accessing the basic education, health and other services that are enjoyed by their fellow citizens and that are essential for personal well-being and growth.

The USAID Vision for Action [PDF] demonstrates both internally and externally the Agency's commitment to LGBT inclusion. It provides a set of overarching core principles for engagement on LGBT inclusion and further socializes LGBT inclusion through the Agency.

As part of mainstreaming LGBTI issues in foreign assistance, USAID has integrated these into the Agency’s policies, practices and programming. LGBTI-inclusive policies include:

  • Gender-Based Violence Strategy
  • Women, Peace & Security National Action Plan
  • Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy
  • Global Health Strategy
  • Youth Policy
  • Climate Change Policy
  • USAID Policy Framework
  • Project Design Guidance
  • Country Development Cooperation Strategy Guidance
  • Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Strategy

Country mission orders

A number of USAID Missions have issued mission orders promoting LGBTI inclusion that elevate awareness, provide training and outreach to LGBTI program beneficiaries, and promote non-discrimination at missions.

USAID/Malawi outreach to LGBTI partners

USAID/Malawi’s prudent, integrated approach to inclusive development programming broadens the stakeholder base to include LGBTI partner organizations. The mission is incorporating LGBTI priorities and capacity development needs into existing human rights and health care platforms, which focused on disability, gender, youth, and HIV/AIDS concerns.

Resources and Links

USAID Policy Page

Last updated: April 21, 2015

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