Redressing the Silofication between Sexuality and Development: A Radical Revisioning
What are the links between sexuality and the development industry? In what different ways does development impact upon sexuality? These two questions are at the heart of the seminal essay written by Andrea Cornwall and Susie Jolly, and entitled ‘Sexuality and the Development Industry’. Published in 2009 in the journal Development, the article highlights key issues emerging from a workshop held in April 2008 that gathered over 70 activists, academics, donors and development practitioners from more than 25 countries. Concretely framing this workshop within the development paradigm, the setting was the Institute of Development Studies, and the co-hosting programmes were both funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. The workshop was groundbreaking because it juxtaposed and linked two hitherto seemingly disparate and unrelated subjects: sexuality and development (Bedford 2005; Kleitz 2000).
KeywordsGender Identity Sexual Minority Human Sexuality Development Industry Development Practitioner
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