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.

Other LGBTI-Inclusive Policies

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.

Resources and Links

USAID Policy Page

Last updated: May 13, 2015

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