How we work
Funding to advance the human rights of LGBTI persons remains highly limited.
The Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) reported that in the two-year period of 2017 and 2018, global philanthropic funding for LGBTI issues totaled more than $560 million. Whilst this is an increase of 11% compared to 2016-16, in 2017-18 global LGBTI foundation funding made up less than 0.31% of overall global foundation funding, and global LGBTI funding from donor governments made up less than 0.04% of international development efforts and assistance.
The ways in which funding is provided also pose challenges. Funding from both private and public donors is most frequently provided through intermediary organizations in the Global North. While some donors indicate that this is needed for the purposes of accountability, and in part as a result of legal restrictions, the use of intermediaries often poses challenges for local organizations, including burdensome reporting and administrative requirements. These challenges are experienced in an increasingly polarized global context, characterized by significant restrictions on civil society and negative political rhetoric that presents LGBTI rights as ‘western,’ ‘foreign’ and incompatible with local or regional values.
At the same time, the LGBTI rights movement in a number of regions is growing stronger and achieving positive results, such as affirmative court decisions, changing laws, and increased acceptance and awareness. Donor funding should amplify and sustain this momentum – in a way that is closely linked to and supportive of priorities identified by LGBTI movements, themselves.
The Donor Coordination group focuses on:
- Increasing the level of funding in support of work to promote and protect LGBTI persons.
- Integrating the needs of LGBTI persons into development programming and different aspects of diplomacy;
- Promoting flexible and timely support to civil society organizations;
- Ensuring assistance and diplomacy efforts are guided on the basis of need;
- Abiding closely to the principle of “do no harm” and working in close collaboration and consultation with civil society organizations.
- Encouraging transparency of funding and funding mechanisms, without compromising security of grantees.
Eliminating Harmful Practices against and Promoting Human Rights Protection of Intersex People
29 September 2023
Using CEDAW to pursue the decriminalisation of LBTQ people: promising avenues and developments
12 June 2023
Buenos Aires 2022 Conference Report
30 November 2022
ERC Pre-Conference Report 2022
08 September 2022
Anti-Gender Movement Background Paper
08 September 2022
National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees
08 April 2022
ERC statement on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in Mauritius
17 October 2023
ERC Statement on the SDG Summit, September 2023
20 September 2023
ERC Statement on the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal
19 July 2023
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Estonia
05 July 2023
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in the Cook Islands
31 May 2023
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda
29 May 2023