Specific expertise to engagement on SOGIESC issues, to undertake project design, implementation and MEAL, and to assess/build organisational capacity

There are many reasons why people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans*, and people of other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities may be reticent to engage with international or national organisations, including potential risks to their safety, fear of culturally or politically unhelpful interventions, and past experiences where organisations failed to listen and adequately address specific local needs. Having a basic awareness of SOGIESC issues is a good start, but there’s a lot more involved in building effective engagement and partnering in effective projects.There are times when the homogeneous LGBTIQ+ international human rights discourse is more and less safe. Within countries in the Asia-Pacific there are also many different gender identities and sexual orientations that do not map neatly into the LGBTIQ+ boxes. And working closely with local communities and organisations may surface different tactics and cultural resources. Edge Effect staff and consultants can help your organisation to navigate this complex and dynamic space, to build genuine, effective and safe partnerships. Whether you are planning SOGIESC specific projects, seeking to mainstream SOGIESC issues within larger projects, moving form a binary to relational approach to gender projects, or other work in this space, contact Edge Effect.

Project Design & Implementation

Edge Effect can work with you on assessments (literature/desk reviews and in-country research), engagement with local communities and organisations, participatory project design, and implementation of capacity building, engagement and media/ICT4D activities.

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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Standard M&E may not be appropriate or effective for projects on SOGIESC issues. For example, there are many reasons why trans men or women may choose not to be counted, why vulnerable people may be reluctant to participate in surveys or may not participate fully in (or turn up for) focus groups, and why specific approaches may be required to evaluate SOGIESC specific projects or engagement within mainstreamed initiatives.

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