Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector Contents




Revelations: Oxfam in Haiti

Wider and related issues

Not a new problem

Examples of reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers and peacekeepers since

Sexual harassment and abuse within aid agencies

Responses: DFID, Charity Commission and others

Our inquiry

Developments in the course of the inquiry

Part I: Sexual exploitation and abuse of the intended beneficiaries of aid

1 The nature and scale of the problem

The nature of the exploitation and abuse

The victims and survivors

The perpetrators

The scale of the problem

2 The historical response to SEA

The historical response of multilateral organisations

The historical response of NGOs

DFID’s historical response

Response since February

3 A victim-centred approach?

4 Improving reporting

Tackling under-reporting

Handling reports once received

5 Resources for safeguarding

6 Employment practices

Registering aid workers

Communicating misconduct

7 Organisational culture

Creating a zero tolerance culture

Creating a culture of transparency

Power structures

8 Safeguarding at the multilateral level

Role of the UN in tackling SEA

Influence of the UK at the UN

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)


Lack of coherent and consistent investigation standards


9 Sector regulation and oversight

Domestic regulation

International regulation

Part II: Sexual harassment and abuse of aid workers

10 The nature and scale of the problem

The nature of the harassment and abuse

The victims and survivors

The perpetrators

The scale of harassment and abuse

11 Reporting sexual harassment and abuse

12 Organisational culture

13 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: List of meetings in New York and Washington, June

United Nations, New York

Washington DC

Annex 2: Exchanges of correspondence arising from oral evidence given

1. Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence (joint memorandum), 26 June

2. Naik, Asmita, co-author of 2002 West Africa study, further submission, 15 July

3. Parker, Sir Alan (former chairman of Save the Children UK), letter dated 24 May

4. Stocking, Dame Barbara (former chairman of Oxfam GB), submission, 22 June

5. Watkins, Kevin (Chief Executive of Save the Children UK)

Annex 3: Draft International Development (Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups) Bill

Explanatory Notes

International Development (Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups) Bill

Long title


Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 31 July 2018