Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership

The LGBT Global Development Partnership brings together USAID, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, Williams Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and Olivia Companies. The Partnership strengthens LGBT civil society organizations, enhances LGBT participation in democratic processes, undertakes research to inform national and global policy and programs, and supports LGBT entrepreneurship and LGBT-owned small and medium sized enterprises.

Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership

The LGBT Global Development Partnership is a public-private partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (GLVI), the Williams Institute, and Olivia Companies, which further promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries.

This transformational 16 million dollar, four year public-private partnership spans 15 countries where USAID works and represents the largest investment to increase human rights, accountability, economic development, sustainability and protections for LGBT persons worldwide. Currently, the partnership works in Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, and expanding to even more countries, the partnership will strengthen the capacity of LGBT civil society organizations, train LGBT individuals to participate more fully in democratic processes, and undertake research on the economic impact of discrimination against LGBT individuals.

Launched in 2013, the partnership empowers LGBT communities to build and contribute to inclusive societies by:

  • Strengthening the capacity of LGBT leaders and civil society organizations;
  • Training LGBT leaders to effectively participate in democratic processes;
  • Conducting research to inform national, regional, and global policy and programs; and
  • Enabling LGBT economic empowerment through enhanced entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprise development.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee...

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Sweden | Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute (GLVI)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public...

  • Williams Institute, UCLA

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the...

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Key Information

LocationAlbania, South Africa, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, South Asia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Honduras, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Peru, Serbia
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 11.6 Million