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Progress on tackling sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector examined

16 October 2020

As the International Development Committee’s inquiry on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: Next steps continues, the Committee will hear from UN agencies, the Charity Commission and Bond over two panels.


Tuesday 20 October 2020 (Virtual)

  • Please note there is no physical access to Parliament
  • Session will be conducted with remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 2.30pm

  • Diane Goodman, Senior Coordinator, Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, UNHCR
  • Hannan Sulieman, Deputy Executive Director, Management, UNICEF

At 3.30pm

  • Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive, Bond
  • Franziska Schwarz , Senior Adviser, Sector Safeguarding, Bond
  • Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • Harvey Grenville, Senior Technical Adviser, Charity Commission for England and Wales

Purpose of the Session

The first panel features representatives from UNICEF and UNHCR who have some responsibility for their organisation’s work to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. Members will have the ability to learn about processes and procedures they have in place to protect aid beneficiaries from sexual exploitation and abuse, and whether a difference is being made for beneficiaries on the ground.

The second panel features representatives from the Charity Commission and Bond. The Committee will be discussing with Bond the progress that the organisation and its members have made to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse and probe whether policies and guidance that Bond has developed are helping drive improvements. This panel will also explore the regulatory role of the Charity Commission and the measures it has at its disposal to hold British international aid organisations to account for their safeguarding failings.

Further information

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