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A a great opportunity for all professionals and academics working on safeguarding! King's Forensics, King’s College London, will organise a one-day symposium on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. The Conference will take…
Following increasing awareness over cases of failing in applying safeguarding and due diligence measures, SOS Children’s Villages has announced that an independent Special Commission has been established to address past and contemporary cases of…
Back in 2018, at that time UK Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt speaking at the Safeguarding Summit in October 2018 said: “If we do our jobs right, we won’t hear about fewer cases. We are likely to hear about more, at least in the medium-term.” An…
Unaddressed claims of misconduct by Oxfam staff weren’t confined to the Democratic Republic of Congo, five whistleblowers have told The New Humanitarian, revealing that complaints also piled up in Iraq before 12 workers finally filed a joint…
Following a participatory preparation approach, the Open University have just launched a new online training on safeguarding policies and procedures in the aid sector. The Open University hosted a free one-hour webinar on 21 April 2021 at 12:00 UK…
Despite intense and unanimous commitment to address sexual exploitation in the aid interventions, the last months have confronted the global community of aid and development with new proven cases and allegation of aid workers committing abuses and…
A British United Nations official escaped prosecution for alleged sexual exploitation of a teenage girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite an investigation finding credible evidence against him. The man was working for the UN’s…
Considering the findings of the In its response to the International Development Committee’s report, Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries, the UK Government has confirmed that it will not fund any multilateral…
Claims of sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, bullying, fraud, and breaches of safeguarding procedures detailed in a February letter to Oxfam chiefs had built up over years with an organisational culture that made it difficult – and dangerous –…
It was only recently that Oxfam could apply again for funding from the British Government for its oversea programmes. Last week, Oxfam has announced that the organisation has suspended two staff members over accusations of sexual misconduct in the…
CARE International collate and publishes every year annual data for complaints of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse. CARE International’s standards and commitments are clearly set out in the organisation’s Safeguarding…
Born as a cooperation of all BOND’s NGO safeguarding working group, a new tool was launched to help guide leaders of an organisation through how to assess their organisational culture about safeguarding and develop clear actions to help prevent all…
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 71/278, 71/297, 72/312 and 73/302. It contains updated information on measures to strengthen the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.
A recently report entitled „Misconduct affecting Global Fund grants“ raise awarness of sever safeguarding issues associated with representatives of the Ghana Network Association of People Living with HIV (NAP+) who “abused their positions of power…
This recent UN report ilustrates how the UN Team have work to adapt their practices in every country to continue lifesaving efforts “without disruption”. The number of UN entities that submitted action plans to prevent SEA last year, had more than…
Several recent enquiries, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as well as multiple high-profile cases in the international development sector, have exposed alarming rates of abuse, neglect and…
Experts at the CHS Alliance in partnership with the global NGO Humentum, a leading provider of effective learning solutions for the NGO sector have announced a new Investigation Qualification Training Scheme. Funded by the UK’s Foreign,…
A landmark legal decision has been made in a Haitian court, ordering a former UN peacekeeper from Uruguay to pay child support to a woman he impregnated in 2011. Hundreds of children are thought to have been fathered by UN peacekeepers during the…
The UK government has launched a new programme which will help bring perpetrators of sexual abuse, exploitation or sexual harassment in the aid sector to justice and provide vital support for survivors.This will include developing a new way of…
Calling all safeguarding leads!  The Open University has been commissioned by the UK government to develop three MOOCs that will build the knowledge, skills and capacity of Designated Safeguarding Leads and Safeguarding Focal Points, particularly…
As NGOs continue to progress in safeguarding against sexual abuse or exploitation by and of humaniatarian and development workers and beneficiaries, there is increased recognition that these safeguarding measures need intentional, effective…
The danger of abuse by missionaries and aid workers would be lessened if they were subjected to more background checks before being sent overseas, a new report says. The recent report by the Christian safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight and the…
On 12 February 2018, the Charity Commission (“the Commission”) opened a statutory inquiry (“the inquiry”) into Oxfam GB (“the Charity”) to examine its governance, including its leadership and culture around safeguarding, and its management,…
This is an intersting follow-up on a safeguarding incident, with a British national serving in a UN peacekeeping mission accused of raping a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo back in 2017. The New Humanitarianwas investigating if proper…
The understanding of how protection of civilians (POC) and gender converge, and the translation of this convergence into implementable action plans, are challenging tasks for peacekeeping missions. To address these challenges, UN peacekeeping…
A pontifical foundation has admitted that its late founder was credibly accused of sexually assaulting a female employee, who came forward in 2010 after learning the deceased priest was being considered for possible beatification. The case…
According to an internal, leaked staff survey conducted in 2018, one in three U.N. workers reported that they had been sexually harassed at some point over the previous two years. The U.N. has enacted various procedural reforms on reporting and…
Investigations over the allegations of extensive sexual exploitation and abuse during the 2018 – 2020 Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo have revealed a chronic, whidspread problem associated with UN peacekeepers and aid workers.  …
In January 2021, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem assumed the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Championship on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) taking over this role from Mr. Filippo Grandi…
After the issue of sexual abuse within the aid sector has been in the spotlight through a few scandals in 2018, NGOs, the UN and several governemnt has promissed  and reforms and resourses to support victims and prevent any forms of abuse. But…
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) in their programs is a shared responsibility of both the humanitarian and development actors. So far, most oft he international community have see PSEA issues as primarily linked to humanitarian…
The “Zero Violence Project” is a six-month project funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government and being implemented in partnership with Frontline Aids and ActionAid UK. Within the framework of the project, new…
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres placed his newly named envoy on technology on administrative leave after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him by three women who worked with him in his recent job. The allegations against…
Following similar concerns as those expressed in the UK International Development Committee’s report "Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries" released earlier this month, the Netherlands Government, CHS Alliance…
The United Nations urges a “zero tolerance” policy for crimes of sexual violence in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region. Pramila Patten, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, indicates that there were…
A survey included in the recent IDC report on sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector provided for alarming reading: 73% of respondents believe there remains a problem of sexual exploitation and abuse being perpetrated by aid workers; and 26…
Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is a recurring problem in United Nations’ peacekeeping missions and is an issue that can drastically undermine a peacekeeping mission. The article looks into some recent cases of misconduct and sexual abuse by UN…
A recent parliamentary inquiry in the UK have found that due to poor inadequate safeguarding and reporting mechanisms, sexual abuse and exploitation of local women by international aid workers remains “rife” and predators could still be rehired.…
Following the recent publishing of the report "Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries" by the International Development Committee, MPs, UN and Board representative call for action to strengthen awareness raising…
Following the recent publishing of the report "Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries", Sarah Champion, chair of the International Development Committee urges the aid sector to "mitigate power imbalance" when…
Researchers at King's College London are tracking down men who fathered children while carrying out humanitarian work abroad. Test cases in the Philippines found men from Australia, Canada, the US and Britain had fathered children in the country…
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…