Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries Contents



1 Introduction

Previous IDC work

Previous DFID work

Progress update

Our inquiry

This report

Definitions of sexual exploitation and abuse

2 Reporting mechanisms, investigations and whistleblowing

Reporting sexual exploitation and abuse

Sexual exploitation during the 2018–20 Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Progress made to improve reporting and investigations

Employment cycle schemes for preventing perpetrators


Nondisclosure agreements


3 Support for victims and survivors

Types of support for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse

Access to justice

FCDO support


4 Power dynamics and culture

Power dynamics


Derogatory attitudes and discrimination

Action taken to improve organisational culture

5 Standards, accountability and regulation

Safeguarding standards


Keeping Children Safe enhanced due diligence central assurance assessments

Regulation and oversight

Regulated activity

6 The United Nations (UN)

Key challenges

2018–20 Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Treatment of whistle-blowers

Action taken to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and support victims

ICAI review of Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepers

7 The role of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Key documents

UK Strategy: Safeguarding Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment within the Aid Sector

DFID supply partner code of conduct

DFID Strategic Vision for Gender Equality: Her Potential, Our Future

FCDO Progress Report on Safeguarding Against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH) in the International Aid Sector, 2019–

Annual Report and Accounts

ICAI review of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI)

Challenges for the future

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex – survey data

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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