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Our Research Partnership Working

Would you like to develop a partnership with us to research the human rights abuses and development needs of sexual and gender minorities in YOUR nation state or region?

ReportOUT warmly welcome partnerships with activists, campaigners and organisations in different nations states to work with us to research, document and inform the human rights abuses and development needs of gender and sexual minorities. This may be a country report about a nation state, or a more thematic research project examining a particular issue within a country.


Read more about how this works below.

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First, our shared values:


At ReportOUT, we follow the Amsterdam Network Guiding Principles, which were born out of concern that an advocacy community in one country should not speak for groups in another country, without a clear and informed mandate to do so. It sets out clear guidance about how we at ReportOUT, work as an organisation with others in different nation states and parts of the globe.

We have also recently signed the Affirmation of Feminist Principles Letter, with which organizations and individuals from across the world come together to emphasize our shared belief that to achieve justice, equality and liberation, we must combat and dismantle the patriarchal systems of power which continue to oppress and exclude many of us.


We are guided by these principles in everything we do, especially research and partership working.

How do ReportOUT work with our research partners?

When ReportOUT develop research partnerships with activists, campaigners and organisations, we have three key values:


  1. We work with partners who approach us and who want to work in partnership with us. We do not get involved with nation states until we are approached by organisations and individuals who want to work with us.

  2. We all agree a clear and informed mandate for ReportOUT to speak with partners, not for them.

  3. We work in our research partnerships to ensure that the development needs of sexual and gender minorities are also addressed in our research thinking. Our research is framed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (insert link to our page on website). We include this, as we recognise that human rights and international development needs, are deeply linked.

ReportOUT then have a six-step process of working

with research partners:

  1. We meet to discuss what the issues are in your nation state and to see if we can accommodate your research needs. We discuss whether we, and our partners, have the capacity to do it.


  2. If both sides are happy and able to do this research, then we all sign and agree a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out our research partnership working process


  3. We then allocate a team to work on your project, who will meet with you regularly. This partnership with our team guides the research process and ensures that both parties are happy and committed.

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4. At this point, we may have a discussion with you about bringing onboard further partner organisations to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. This is to increase an intersectionality of needs of sexual and gender minorities, and to ensure that we have a good representation of organisations (if possible).

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5. We begin the research process and work with you to document what you need.

6. We then each agree to work together to get the final research findings out to the wider world, to ensure that the human rights of sexual and gender minorities are defended.

Please note that, typically, a country or thematic research report

takes about 12 months to complete.


You can see examples of our partnership working with organisations who have previously, our are currently, engaged in research projects. These are partnerships with organisations from a wide variety of nation states such as: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Belize, Morocco, Mongolia and Ethiopia.

What next?

Contact us at with your details and needs, and we will be in touch with you!

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