Investing in Research for LGBTI Inclusion
November 16, 2016Washington D.C.

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), member states of the United Nations have committed to “leaving no one behind” in an effort to end poverty and inequality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in these countries have led global efforts to raise awareness of their experience of ongoing discrimination, exclusion, and violence.

Despite some gains that have made information more available, large gaps in research and data on LGBTI experiences persist in every country.

The World Bank held a discussion on what development agencies, governments, foundations, and the private sector can do to help generate data and knowledge to advance social inclusion. At the event, the World Bank’s SOGI advisor and other speakers highlighted a new partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and a joint report titled Investing in a Research Revolution for LGBTI Inclusion.


  • Maninder S. Gill (Chair), Director, Social, Urban, Rural, Resilience (SURR) Global Practice, World Bank
  • Clifton Cortez, Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) issues, World Bank
  • Federica Saliola, Program Manager, Development Economics-Special Initiatives, World Bank
  • Phil Crehan, Social Inclusion Consultant, co-author of the joint report, and Vice President of GLOBE, World Bank
  • Dr. M. V. Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Williams Institute, UCLA; and co-author of the joint report

On Twitter, view live tweets from the event using hashtag #data4inclusion.

This event was co-sponsored by the World Bank’s SOGI Task Force, the World Bank’s Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group, and through a World Bank/UNDP partnership

Event Details
  • Time: 12:30—2 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Location: Room I1-200, World Bank “I” Building (1850 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006)