Despite some progress in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex even violence
. They may also be subject to lower educational attainment, higher unemployment rates, poorer health outcomes
, as well as unequal access to housing, finance, and social services. As a result, LGBTI people are likely overrepresented in the bottom 40%
of the population.
The adverse impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of LGBTI groups—as well as on economies and societies at large—tell us one thing: exclusion and
We’ve already taken the first steps to address this issue, such as quantifying the loss in productivity
, but there is still a long way to go. Robust, quantitative data on differential development experiences and outcomes of LGBTI people is crucial, but remains scarce especially in developing countries. Such a research and data gap poses a major constraint in designing and implementing more inclusive programs and policies.
The World Bank’s SOGI Task Force
—consisting of representatives from various global practices and country offices, the Gender Cross-cutting Solution Area
, as well as the GLOBE
staff resource group—has identified the need for quantitative data on LGBTI as a priority.
On Zero Discrimination Day, the World Bank’s Senior Director Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez
and SOGI Advisor Clifton Cortez
explain the urgent need to fill the LGBTI data gap. They’ve also discussed , as well as what can be done to end poverty and inequality for LGBTI and other excluded groups.