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The former executive in charge of tackling sexual harassment at the UN has said she fears the issue has now been “put on the back burner”. Purna Sen was appointed at UN Women in 2018 to address harassment, assault and discrimination at work,…
With COVID-19 affecting all of the countries we work in, it's not just the technical delivery of our programmes that we have needed to revise. This virus has raised risks and challenges to all of the cross-cutting considerations on our programmes -…
A former senior UN adviser who contested his sacking over sexual misconduct has lost his appeal at a tribunal. Ravi Karkara, who was tasked with promoting gender equality and youth partnerships at UN Women, was dismissed in 2018 following…
We would like to invite your participation in a project to help prevent child sexual and emotional abuse for children and adolescents in elite sport. Background Millions of children and young people take part in sporting activities every day across…
This report summarises the work done by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) between October 2019 and October 2020 to improve global standards and performance on safeguarding against SEAH in the international aid sector. The…
UK FCDO published their response to Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s recommendations on Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepers (an accompanying report to the ICAI review of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict…
Keeping Children Safe is supporting organisations working with, and for, some of the most at-risk children in the world to keep them safe. As part of this work we have launched our new Keeping Victims/Survivors Safe Programme offering a tailored…
This blog is part three of a series highlighting innovative responses to COVID-19 from S4D organizations. UNICEF Innocenti is conducting research on S4D in collaboration with the UNICEF- FCB and Barça Foundation partnership. The first blog in the…
Third Sector reports that reported child safeguarding incidents rose by more than half at Save the Children International in 2019. Incidents numbered 589, up from 200 in 2018. A quarter of these concerns were against full-time staff, 27% against…
Britain has banned sexual relations between government staff giving aid and people receiving it, as lawmakers seek to stamp out abuse in the aid sector following a string of sex scandals...
The New Humanitarian reports that the director of Catholic Relief Services' Sudanese office, Moumane, was arrested in July, on allegations of verbal abuse against his security guard. Apparently, this was not the first time allegations against him…
The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is holding an Early Market Engagement on the Aid Worker Registration Scheme. If you wish to find out more, please register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBFWWC2
The New Humanitarian published a review of the World Food Programme's independent report into their culture and ethics. The report recommends a "systemic overhaul" of workplace practices - after having received apalling results on the issue of…
The inter-agency standing committee RG2 is pleased to announce the launch of its new Accountability & Inclusion Portal. The portal is the go-to place for practitioners and leaders who strive to implement people-centred approaches; covering AAP…
The Inter Agency Standing Committee has published the list of successful organisations who will receive grants to create awareness materials on PSEA – more information about the Fund is provided here, and the list of selected organisations is…
Anders Kompass, former director of UNHCHR's field operations, wrote an opinion piece reflecting on the recent revelations around sexual abuse by WHO workers during the DRC Ebola outbreak. He points out that people will not report into a system they…
The health agency issued the strongly-worded statement in response to allegations made during a months-long investigation by journalists from The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation news organizations, which charges that men who…
The New Humanitarian published the opinion of Jasmine-Kim Westendorf, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Australia. She argues that the most common type of sexual misconduct in the aidsector is transactional sex, in which the victim has some…
Paisley Dodds, investigations Editor of the New Humanitarian describes how the year-long investigation took place into the sexual abuse of women by WHO staff during the Ebola outbreak. She describes the work of three reporters who each went their…
The UK’s aid watchdog says there is “limited evidence” the British government’s £3.8m ($4.9m) projects to tackle sexual abuse by peacekeeping troops is having an effect. The number of reports to the UN of sexual exploitation and abuse rose by a…
More than 50 women have accused Ebola aid workers from the World Health Organization and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
The health agency issued the strongly-worded statement in response to allegations made during a months-long investigation by journalists from The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation news organizations, which charges that men who…
BOND has published results of a recent survey among its members on safeguarding which shows significant improvements. 95% of respondents said their knowledge has increased and 89% said they noticed improved practice in their organisaitons. NGOs are…
The article describes the recent revelation that sexual abuse was rampant during the Ebola response in the DRC. Strategies that had been put in place to prevent such abuses have largely failed. The women, who came forward as a result of an…
The Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC) believes that funders have an important role in strengthening organizational cultures and practices that keep people safe, and that we need a space to come together to learn and harmonize approaches. To…
The New Humanitarian reports that the United Nations has launched an investigations into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation of women in the drought--stricken Northeastern Karamoja region of  Uganda, by members of its staff. The allegations…
This article by author Olusegun Adeniyi makes the case that men must speak up about sexual violence - not supplanting the voices of women, but rather using the privilege that patriarchal society has afforded them to stand up to the same structures…
The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security blog published a writing around national government's challenge bringing perpetrators of serious sexual crimes in peace operations to justice. Research apparently shows that around 90 percent of alleged…
This advocacy paper contributes to dialogues on sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) that see, and propose practice that recognize, commonalities. They are both human rights violations based on gender discrimination, intersecting with…
This month, as part of The Climate Finance Challenge — our ongoing Devex Pro series on financing the global climate goals — we took a closer look at OECD data and national policies and politics to understand the trends in climate financing from…
his strategy on safeguarding against sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) sets out the actions the UK is taking across all government departments which engage in delivering Official Development Assistance (ODA). It sets out a…
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our definition of “normal”. One of the most significant changes has been the way we perceive our workplace. Organisations have been forced to operate remotely, with platforms like Zoom, Meet and Teams becoming the…
It was 3 1/2 months after Faith moved to South Sudan in 2016 as a humanitarian worker that she said she was sexually harassed by a staff member of the United Nations. Ten days after reporting the alleged harassment to Medair, the Swiss-based…
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and UK development finance institution CDC Group (CDC) launched today practical guidance to support primarily the private sector in efforts to…
LONDON — Reports of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment — or SEAH — at the U.K. Department for International Development rose fivefold last year, its latest annual report has found. There were 26 reported cases of SEAH at DFID from 2019-20,…
Details of the projects, and the ways which they are having a positive effect on the lives of victims and children born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse, are contained within the trust fund’s latest annual report, which was released on…
This webinar was facilitated by the safeguarding Leads (SLN) Network with Huge Davies who led the legal review as the main speaker. The meeting focused on sharing information and support individual SLN members to think through the recommendations…
This document provides the legal review of aid worker passport/registration scheme. It was commissioned to conduct a legal review by the DFID co-ordinated, but multi-agency, Aid Worker Passport Steering Committee. A powerpoint is also available…
This succinct article by Sarah Maguire (DAI) points out that crises such as the current pandemic tend to exacerbate inequalities that favour sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. She points to a number of changes that increase risk: 1. SEAH…
Devex reports of a meeting of DFID Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan and acting Permanent Secretary Nick Dyer and UK politicians. The DFID minister reassured members of parliament that safeguarding is a non-negotiable issue, and during the…
Tricia Young wrote an opinion piece in Devex arguing that the full and meaningful participation of children is essential if we want to make sure children are safe in our programmes. She recalls the December conference of BOND, where the key takeway…
The BBC reports of an investigation by the United Nations High Commissioner into allegations of sexual abuse by aid workers in refugee camps in west Africa.More than 1500 people were interviewed in camps in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea over six…