24 August 2021 

Edge Effect, DFAT 

This learning event explored the barriers for people with diverse SOGIESC to accessing government and non-government social protection programs in response to COVID-19 and in normal times. Edge Effect worked with CSO partners Bandhu, Rainbow Pride Foundation, and CRM to undertake case studies in Bangladesh, Fiji, and Indonesia. We heard from these organisations on experiences during these COVID times. 

The webinar provided participants with: 

  • An overview of key frameworks for including people with diverse SOGIESC in social protection programs, including the ASPIRE Guidelines developed by the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.  
  • Information on key barriers to accessing cash-based assistance for people with diverse SOGIESC, and steps that can be taken to overcome these barriers. 
  • Reflections on engagement with people with diverse SOGIESC and through CSOs within their communities. 


  • Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 

  • Emily Dwyer, Edge Effect 

  • Anna Arifin, Edge Effect, and 

  • Edison Butar Butar (CRM) 

  • Shale Ahmad, Bandhu Social Protection Society 

  • Lavetanalagi Seru, Consultant 

Moderator:Felicity O Brien, DFATFelicity O Brien, DFAT


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Registrants: 223


Attendees: 102


Youtube views: 225

(until august/2022)