Queering International Development? An Examination of New 'LGBT Rights' Rhetoric, Policy, and Programming among International Development Agencies

Bergenfield, Rachel and Alice Miller. Queering International Development? An Examination of New “Lgbt Rights” Rhetoric, Policy, and Programming Among International Development Agencies (March, 2014). LGBTQ Policy Journal, Harvard Kennedy School.

18 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2014

Date Written: October 23, 2014

Abstract

Starting in late 2011, “LGBT rights” became a prominent and contentious part of the international development agenda. While most of the resulting attention has been directed to questions of aid conditionality, this essay instead aims to preliminarily map the range of policies set out by twelve of the largest development agencies on “LGBT” or “SOGI” rights. We seek to further research and policy discourse in this dynamic field by suggesting frameworks for assessing our findings and future changes in light of the histories of development, rights, and sexual diversity and also with regard to contemporary concerns within development studies about listening, accountability, “do no harm” concepts, and attending to distinctions between policies and practices that transform unequal power relations and those that sustain them.

The appendices for this paper are available at the following URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2514066

Keywords: LGBT, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, International Development

Suggested Citation

Bergenfield, Rachel and Miller, Alice, Queering International Development? An Examination of New 'LGBT Rights' Rhetoric, Policy, and Programming among International Development Agencies (October 23, 2014). Bergenfield, Rachel and Alice Miller. Queering International Development? An Examination of New “Lgbt Rights” Rhetoric, Policy, and Programming Among International Development Agencies (March, 2014). LGBTQ Policy Journal, Harvard Kennedy School.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514066

Rachel Bergenfield (Contact Author)

Yale University ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

Alice Miller

Yale University ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

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