A stronger evidence base on links between sexuality and poverty to inform and guide policy

While the contravention of international human rights by laws that criminalise people on the basis of their sexuality is widely researched and debated, there is a lack of information on the practical implications of these forms of legislation for people’s social and economic wellbeing.

For this reason, understanding and unpacking the relationship between sexuality and international, regional and national legislation lies at the heart of the work undertaken through the Sexuality and Poverty stream.

This stream aims to generate a deeper understanding of the implications of policy processes and poverty alleviation by bringing to light some of the more invisible groups of people who, because of their sexuality, may be excluded from the socio-economic benefits of these programmes.

In the news

  • BLOG: Gender, sexuality and the SDGs

    In this post from the IDS blog, Elizabeth Mills explores her recent report on the Sustainable Development Goal framework and the evidence base for action on gender and sexuality. She highlights the importance of language, evidence from the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme and the roles of international institutions and the UK government. 

  • REPORT: ‘Leave No One Behind’: Gender, Sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals

    A new report from the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme highlights that unless deliberate steps are taken at an international and national level, billions of people will be excluded from the benefits of international development, and the Sustainable Development Goals, because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • REPORT: Exploring avenues of change

    Reflecting on the work of the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme, this paper explores the challenge of using practice-based evidence gathered with civil society organisations – and agencies that support them – to learn more about the impact of policy-related work. Elizabeth Mills and Tamlyn Munslow develop a typology for enhancing context-specific policy change, drawing on a case study by Cheryl Overs that looked at sex workers’ experiences of economic empowerment programmes in Ethiopia.

  • BLOG: Intersectionality of sexuality, inequality and poverty

    Ntokozo Yingwana outlines her work with the Institute of Development Studies Sexuality, Poverty and Law programme, summarising the findings and recommendations under the theme, 'economy, employment and livelihoods'. 

  • BLOG: LGBT Life, Rights and Health in Ethiopia

    To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), Stephen Wood interviews Cheryl Overs to discuss the post-publication implications of her report on Ethiopian MSM communities and responses to it's findings in the community.