Sexuality and Poverty Synthesis Report

IDS Evidence Report
Authors: 
Hawkins, K., Wood, S., Charles, T., He, X., Li, Z., Lim, A., Mountian, I, and Sharma, J.
Publisher: 
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Publication date: 
Thursday, 27 February, 2014

This report synthesises learning from these audits and is part of a larger project that focuses on understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty with the aim of improving socioeconomic policy and programming to support people marginalised because of their sexuality.

Development and poverty-alleviation policies remain unable to fulfil their aim to raise the greatest number of people out of economic and social marginalisation because they fail to recognise and address ground-level realities.

The report presents common recommendations for activists, policymakers and practitioners centred around 1.) The need to deepen and replicate the policy audits, 2.) Opening up and furthering discussions about sexuality and poverty, 3.) Capitalising on the synergies between different movements and thematic areas concerned with sexual rights, 4.) Further investigation of the influence of religion on sexuality and poverty and 5.) A better understanding of those groups acting against sexual rights.

  • Development and poverty-alleviation policies remain unable to fulfil their aim to raise the greatest number of people out of economic and social marginalisation because they fail to recognise and address ground-level realities.
  • Sexuality is directly related to physical, social and economic wellbeing, political participation and socioeconomic inclusion and the realisation of human rights, particularly for the poor and most marginalised.
Opendocs reference: 
oai:opendocs.ids.ac.uk:123456789/3525