Archived Webinar

Working with Sexual and Gender Minorities in Contexts Affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence

"The session discusses operational challenges when working in development programming with sexual and gender minorities in conflict and fragile zones."

Today, consensual same-sex sexual acts remain criminalized in many of the countries experiencing the most pressing humanitarian crises, and in those with the largest numbers of forcibly displaced people. Building upon the findings of the recently published World Bank discussion paper Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Countries Affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence, speakers in this training discuss some of the main operational challenges when working in development programming with sexual and gender minorities in conflict and fragile zones.

This is the second session of the two-part series. Watch the first session Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Contexts Affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence.

This session is part of the Fragility Forum 2020 Virtual Series.

About the Presenters

Caroline Vagneron, Moderator

Fragility Forum Lead, FCV Group, World Bank

Caroline Vagneron (@CVagneron) coordinates the Knowledge and Learning program of the World Bank Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group. She leads the Fragility Forum since 2018. In her role, Ms. Vagneron leads the design and development of training curriculum on FCV matters for staff around the world. Ms. Vagneron also supports operations in West Africa and co-leads an initiative on the nexus between security and development efforts. Ms. Vagneron joined the Bank in 2000 and has worked, over the years, in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Caribbean, mostly in operations. Ms. Vagneron holds Masters in Political Science and Masters in Contemporary History from La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been working on workplace diversity issues in the Bank for years and was the President of the World Bank Group LGBT+ Employee Resource Group GLOBE for three years.

Nicolás Salazar Godoy

Social Development Consultant, World Bank

Nicolás Salazar Godoy (@Nicolas_6641) is a Social Development Consultant with the World Bank, and the main author of the paper Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Contexts Affected by FCV. Before joining the Bank in 2016, he worked as a temporarily appointed staff member with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and for various advocacy organizations in FCV-affected countries and territories in the Middle East and Northern Africa and the Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Between 2016 and 2018, Nicolas supported the World Bank’s Programmatic Approach for the Consolidation of Peace in Colombia, and contributed to providing technical assistance to advisers to the Senior Presidential Adviser for the Post-Conflict (Presidency of Colombia) in the context of the implementation of Points 1 and 4 of the Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP. He holds an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, and an Executive Diploma from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Mr. Salazar Godoy is based in Washington DC, and currently supports World Bank operations in the Horn of Africa.

Dominik Koehler

Social Development Consultant and Social Inclusion Expert, World Bank

Dominik Koehler, is a Social Development Consultant and Social Inclusion Expert at the World Bank. Mr. Koehler focuses on examining the links between gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and economic development. He works to reduce exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people through inclusive development projects. Previously Mr. Koehlerk has worked in political and human rights advocacy, strategy consulting, and journalism. He has earned his Master’s degree from Potsdam University, Germany in Political Science and is a graduate of the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking.

Target Audience

Practitioners and general public

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Apr 25, 2022


- Jul 24, 2021

jose luis

- Jun 17, 2021
los actos sexuales consensuales entre personas del mismo sexo siguen siendo criminalizados en muchos de los países que experimentan las crisis humanitarias más urgentes y en aquellos con el mayor número de personas desplazadas por la fuerza


- May 30, 2021


- Jan 12, 2021

Mohammad Nadir

- Aug 16, 2020
Excellent topic!
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