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Committee seeks views on sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector

13 August 2020

Marking the first survey undertaken by the International Development Committee (IDC), the Committee is seeking the opinions of aid workers, and others with experience of international development, on progress made since 2018 to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse of aid recipients. 

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The deadline is 5pm on Monday 14 September.

About the survey  

This survey features as part of the evidence-gathering for the IDC's inquiry into Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps and provides individuals with the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry anonymously. It follows a recent oral evidence session during which the Committee heard harrowing accounts of vulnerable people being exploited and abused by those that were supposed to help them.
In 2018, numerous problems and challenges were highlighted in high profile news stories and through the Committee's original inquiry into Sexual exploitation and abuse. The questions are aimed at understanding what – if any – changes and progress has been made since 2018.

Chair's comments

International Development Committee Chair, Sarah Champion MP, said:

“We launched this inquiry because in spite of promises of good intentions from the sector, it is not obvious that tangible new steps have been taken to protect aid recipients. It is unclear whether there have been any improvements for those who try to pursue a complaint, or who have been left unprotected in the past.
“The Government has continued to make all the right noises on safeguarding, trying to protect recipients and support victims and survivors. However, we have heard that there are still serious problems and, despite repeated promises of change following horrific scandals. It seems abuse and sexual exploitation by the very people there to support you remains a reality for too many vulnerable people around the world.
“This survey is asking the difficult questions to those with experience of the aid sector. We are asking for feedback on what the UK Government, and the sector as a whole, has achieved to date to tackle this problem. We hope this inquiry will lead to cultural change, putting prevention at the top of every agenda.”

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