A Development Agenda for Sexual and Gender Minorities

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This article is relevant for humanitarian and development researchers and practitioners because it considers the ways that a transformative and inclusive development agenda can and should include sexual and gender minorities in its formation and implementation.

This development agenda for sexual and gender minorities highlights that the challenges facing sexual and gender minorities in development has become one for concern. There are four complex and analytical components to this paper.

1. Frameworks

This highlights the current frameworks for sexual and gender minorities. These include human rights, and how human rights play a role in creating a development framework. Similarly the importance of economic frameworks as development activities are so deeply grounded in economic theory, and it is critical to discuss the relationships between sexual orientation, gender identity and economic growth.

2. Creating a Development Agenda

There are several processes to consider in creating a development agenda. Engaging in community-based processes allows for the formulation of an agenda that is located within the community that would be affected by its policies. Defining target populations, this allows for the understanding of who will benefit from specific goals and how these goals can be targeted for specific groups.

3. A development Agenda

This section outlines the specific capabilities that can be used to create a development agenda for sexual and gender minorities, such as health, education, identity and expression, affiliate and relate, resources, participation and safety and security

4. Understanding development outcomes

Researchers and policy makers often work without reliable knowledge on the critical aspects of the lives of sexual and gender minorities. Creating a development agenda cannot proceed effectively without understanding the lives and needs of gender and sexual minorities.

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"If an individual chooses to identify (or engage in behaviour) as a sexual or gender minority, the capabilities approach supports a pluralistic standard of identity and development. Therefore, the capabilities approach helps us avoid creating
cultural preferences for specific kinds of identities. It does not pre-determine the kind of identity, sexuality, or gender one should adopt."

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This development agenda for sexual and gender minorities highlights that the challenges facing sexual and gender minorities in development has become one for concern. There are four complex and analytical components to this paper.

1. Frameworks

This highlights the current frameworks for sexual and gender minorities. These include human rights, and how human rights play a role in creating a development framework. Similarly the importance of economic frameworks as development activities are so deeply grounded in economic theory, and it is critical to discuss the relationships between sexual orientation, gender identity and economic growth.

2. Creating a Development Agenda

There are several processes to consider in creating a development agenda. Engaging in community-based processes allows for the formulation of an agenda that is located within the community that would be affected by its policies. Defining target populations, this allows for the understanding of who will benefit from specific goals and how these goals can be targeted for specific groups.

3. A development Agenda

This section outlines the specific capabilities that can be used to create a development agenda for sexual and gender minorities, such as health, education, identity and expression, affiliate and relate, resources, participation and safety and security

4. Understanding development outcomes

Researchers and policy makers often work without reliable knowledge on the critical aspects of the lives of sexual and gender minorities. Creating a development agenda cannot proceed effectively without understanding the lives and needs of gender and sexual minorities.