chapter  4
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The World Bank’s GLOBE: Queers in/queering development


In fall 1992, draft versions of a proposed anti-harassment policy were being circulated at headquarters of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – the World Bank – at 1818 H Street in Washington DC. One section caught the attention of Hans Binswanger, then a senior agricultural economist at the Bank. “I was surprised to see it offered protection from harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation,” he recalls (2006). The reference to sexuality survived subsequent revisions, and was included in the Bank’s “Policy on Eradicating Harassment.”1