Investing in a Research Revolution for LGBTI Inclusion

  • A World Bank-UNDP joint study titled "Investing in a Research Revolution for LGBTI Inclusion" calls for more investment in research and data on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) experiences worldwide to promote social inclusion and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Released in November 2016, the study identifies LGBTI research priorities and provides key recommendations on investing in LGBTI data and research.
  • Learn more about the study by reading the key findings below.

Why invest in LGBTI research?

  • There is a huge gap in research and data on LGBTI people worldwide, hindering the progress toward inclusion and the SDGs.
  • Currently, only a tiny share—5 percentof the limited global funding for LGBTI issues goes to support research.
  • With robust data on LGBTI people, aid agencies, international foundations, and human rights organizations can work more effectively to enhance the well-being of LGBTI persons, especially for the poor and vulnerable.
  • More investment in strategic LGBTI research can help inform policies and advance the inclusion of LGBTI people in national and global efforts.


Recommendations for strategic investment

  • Invest in capacities and partnerships between governments, LGBTI civil society groups, academics, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and other stakeholders to create an infrastructure for LGBTI data collection and research.
  • Invest operationalizing the UNDP-led LGBTI Inclusion Index to undertake the targeted research required for each of the priorities of the LGBTI Inclusion Index: health, economic well-being, personal security and violence, education, and political and civic participation.
  • Invest in existing and new research priorities identified by LGBTI civil society groups, whether related to local, national, regional, or global issues.


Research priorities

  • Health: heath disparities involving inequalities in health access and health outcomes; stigmatization of homosexuality and transgender people’s health status; lack of respect for bodily integrity of intersex people
  • Economic well-being: income disparities and poverty levels of LGBTI people; the existence of employment and nondiscrimination laws and their implementation
  • Personal security and violence: rates of violence against LGBTI people including homicides; police competency and training
  • Education: access of LGBTI people to education and whether education systems meet their needs
  • Political and civic participation: right to determine and get official recognition of identity; decriminalization of LGBTI people; number of “out” LGBTI parliamentarians and decision makers; ability of LGBTI people and organizations to exercise freedom of association, assembly, and expression 



Additional high-priority needs

  • Estimates of LGBTI population size
  • Measures of public opinion and stigma
  • Relationship between rights, inclusion, and growth
  • Impact of laws, policies, and programs on LGBTI people
  • Links to prevailing gender norms
  • Impact and prevalence of conversion therapies
  • Migration and forced movement
  • Research to assess new methods and survey questions


Download the report here.

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Peggy Wilhide Nasir
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