Other studies with involvement of Varta Trust representatives

Case study titled Livelihood, Exclusion and Opportunity: Socioeconomic Welfare among Gender and Sexuality Non-normative People in India, Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee, Varta Trust and Dr. Paul Boyce, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK – study commissioned by Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex under their Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme supported by Department for International Development, UK – published February 2015.

Training, research and advocacy project based on case study recommendations carried out in Manipur from August 2016 to March 2018 (Sexual and Gender Diversity, Welfare and Precarity in India: Impact, Advocacy and Process) as a collaboration between All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AmaNA), Imphal; Empowering Trans Ability (ETA), Imphal; SAATHII, Chennai; University of Sussex; and Varta Trust.

Read Manipur project overview and experience in chapter titled Gender Diverse Equality and Well-being in Manipur, North East India: Reflections on Peer-led Research, Dr. Paul Boyce, University of Sussex; Pawan Dhall, Varta Trust; Santa Khurai, AMaNA; Oinam Hemabati, ETA; Pebam Bobochandra Singh, AMaNA; and Randhoni Lairikyengbam, SAATHII – published in anthology Peer Research in Health and Social Development – International Perspectives on Participatory Research, editors Stephen Bell, Peter Aggleton and Ally Gibson, Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK, April 2021.


Gender Based Violence against Men Who Have Sex with Men and Male-to-Female Transgender Persons in South Asia, 2015-16 – qualitative study commissioned by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub under its Global Fund Multi-Country South Asia HIV Programme and conducted by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Delhi – Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee, Varta Trust contributed to data collection in India, data analysis and report writing as consultant to ICRW.

Poster based on the study presented by Pawan Dhall at the '21st International AIDS Conference' in Durban, July 18-22, 2016 – poster titled Role of Building Capacities for Sexual Consent in Reducing HIV Vulnerability among MSM and Transgender Women in South Asia.


Working report titled Social Media, Sexuality and Sexual Health Advocacy in Kolkata, India, Dr. Rohit K. Dasgupta, Lecturer, Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University, UK (earlier with the University of Southampton, UK when work started on the study); Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee, Varta Trust; Dr. Paul Boyce, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK – qualitative study commissioned by Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton under their project Mobile-ising for Sexual Health: Digital Technologies and Sexual Health Advocacy in India and funded by Wellcome Trust, London – published by Bloomsbury, Delhi, April 2017.

Read article on the report in the South Asia @ LSE blog of London School of Economics and Political Science here (published July 2017).

Poster based on the study (and Varta Trust’s online locator for queer friendly health and legal aid services in India developed in collaboration with Grindr for Equality, Los Angeles and SAATHII, Chennai) presented at the ‘22nd International AIDS Conference’ in Amsterdam, July 23-27, 2018 – poster titled Digital Media and Sexual Health Promotion among MSM and Transgender Women in India: Exploring the Contours of Online Interventions.


Report on qualitative evaluation of Sabrang sexual health guidance app for men who have sex with men and transgender women developed by MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, Delhi under their mHealth programme (pilot phase) in 2017 – Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee, Varta Trust conducted the evaluation with support from Varta volunteer Sudeb Sadhu.

Skip to content