Being LGBTI in Eastern Europe

What is the project about


Despite certain improvements in the recent past, the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Eastern Europe remains problematic. Due to punitive laws and policies, stigma, discrimination and violence, as well as insufficient enabling regulatory frameworks, the rights of LGBTI people are not fully respected, protected, and fulfilled. In some countries enabling laws are adopted, but not fully implemented.

The situation of civil society organizations that foster rights of LGBTI people still needs improvement, due to capacity and funding constraints and insufficient opportunities for dialogue with decision-making authorities at all levels of governance, as well as shrinking legal, policy and participatory space for civil society engagement.

UNDP with the support of USAID is implementing a one-year regional project for Eastern Europe, with specific focus on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia that has been designed to contribute to the reduction of inequalities and exclusion experienced by LGBTI people, by combating homophobia and transphobia. 

The aim of the project is to reduce inequalities and exclusion, and combat homophobia and transphobia experienced by LGBTI people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia.

Expected Outcome


The project aims to strengthen the evidence base, develop “Being LGBTI in …. “ reports in all four selected countries, develop advocacy approaches and instruments in national languages, and convene dialogues that bring together national decision makers from the executive, legislative and judiciary branches with LGBTI civil society organizations, their allies and other stakeholders. The project ultimately aims to reduce inequalities and exclusion experienced by LGBTI people. 


Who Finances it?




$ 499,856



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