This one-day workshop is designed for humanitarian and development actors to build a working knowledge of SOGIESC (sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and sex characteristics) issues and inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people (gender and sexual minorities) across program areas.

Designed For 

Staff in program management; business development; technical advisory; monitoring, evaluation, learning; reporting/compliance; and similar roles within international development and humanitarian organisations.

Workshop Details + FAQs



Part 1) Introduction to SOGIESC and LGBTIQ+ terminology and concepts

We commonly hear concerns that people will say the wrong thing. Faced with navigating SOGIESC and LGBTIQ+ and sexual/gender minorities, heteronormativity, cisnormativity, binarism and more, it can seem like a minefield of language and concepts. We’ve been here many times before, and we’ll get you safely through. This is an inclusive space where you can safely ask questions and build confidence.

Part 2) Development and Humanitarian Strengths and Vulnerabilities of LGBTIQ+ People

In Part 2) we explore how criminalisation, discrimination and marginalisation impact LGBTIQ+ people in many aspects of life relevant for development and humanitarian organisations. People may experience ostracisation from family, community and faith, at school they may be bullied or beaten, they may struggle to find and keep jobs, health centres and government offices and other service providers become sites for discrimination, violence and abuse can be common, and the justice system may reproduce systemic discrimination. These conditions can leave LGBTIQ+ additionally vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies and reticent to make use of response services. Despite the many challenges that LGBTIQ+ people encounter, they also have strengths, for example, their extensive use of informal networks.

Part 3) Policy and Frameworks

There is limited guidance to be found within existing development and humanitarian policy and frameworks to support the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people. Within the global human rights sector substantial progress has been made in extending protections for LGBTIQ+ people over the last decade, and impetus to include SOGIESC within rights-based development approaches. In Part 3) we explore  key frameworks such as the SDGs, Sendai Framework, Sphere and more to identify where SOGIESC issues are included or excluded, and we explore creative strategies for reading LGBTIQ+ people into rights and needs development and humanitarian frameworks.

Part 4) Working Locally 

Being LGBTIQ+ inclusive requires a local approach. Identities and practices varies extensively between countries and regions, and it is essential to be aware of local legal, political, religious, cultural and other factors. The best way to navigate local conditions is working closely with local organisations, networks and communities. We finish by exploring practical first steps for organisations that have not worked on LGBTIQ+ issues before or where local conditions require extra care.

Learning Outcomes

• Confidence using terminology and concepts and navigating LGBTIQ+ diversity in varying country and cultural contexts.

• Familiarity with development and humanitarian challenges facing LGBTIQ+ people, their strengths and options for integrating SOGIESC in rights and needs based frameworks.

• Approaches for engaging country offices, partners and communities and assessing appropriate entry points.

• Insights into using a SOGIESC lens to reveal implicit bias and discrimination in programs, and addressing SOGIESC issues within intersectional and localisation frameworks.

How does this workshop differ from other Edge Effect workshops?

This course is our entry-level aka “101” offering that is tailored for international development and humanitarian organisations. This course differs from the TWCC Workplace Cultural Competency course which does not specifically address development and humanitarian applications and is suitable for onboarding and general workplace inclusion purposes. This course differs from the T202 Humanitarian Response and T203 Gender Programming courses (available later in 2018) which will provide more detailed policy and practise focuses within those thematic areas.

Why do this workshop?

Reach marginalised and vulnerable communities; Contribute to ACFID Code of Conduct compliance; Strengthen project proposals with SOGIESC inclusion.

Why use Edge Effect?

Edge Effect courses are designed and delivered by people with extensive experience in the international humanitarian and development sectors. Choosing an Edge Effect course maximises relevance, actionability and value for money.


This course may be delivered at your office or in a dedicated workshop space. Scheduled instances of this course will be in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Dedicated workshops can be delivered inside or outside Australia.

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