This review focuses explicitly on the humanitarian aid sector and examines the extent to which the UK government’s safeguarding efforts have been effective in preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of affected populations, perpetrated by aid workers operating in humanitarian aid contexts. A key focus of this review is how well protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) approaches work in practice.
This review builds on a number of related reviews and inquiries that have taken place, including the work of the International Development Committee (IDC). It also considers the impact of the merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in September 2020, recent cuts in humanitarian aid funding and the COVID-19 pandemic on safeguarding efforts.
- How well has the UK government gone about building a relevant and credible portfolio of safeguarding programmes and influencing activities?
- How well does the UK work with other donors and multilateral partners to ensure a joined-up global approach to PSEA?
- How effective is the UK’s approach to PSEA at programme, delivery partner and sector-wide levels?
Call for evidence
As part of the evidence gathering process, ICAI launched a short survey to hear from individuals or organisations, particularly those with experience of the humanitarian aid sector.
This survey closed on Friday 23rd July 2021.