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MPs investigate sexual exploitation by aid workers

24 June 2022

The sexual exploitation of aid recipients by aid workers will be investigated by MPs at an evidence session of the International Development Committee at 2.30pm on Tuesday 28 June 2022 in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster.

Purpose of the Session

The committee is looking into the issue by scrutinising a review of the UK government’s approach to it by the aid watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

As part of its watchdog function, ICAI regularly reviews UK government aid programmes. The International Development Committee (or its Sub Committee) then scrutinises ICAI reviews on behalf of Parliament.

ICAI describes the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid recipients by humanitarian workers as a “persistent problem”. In its review of the issue, it said the UK government’s performance in tackling sexual exploitation in the aid sector was “unsatisfactory in most areas but with some positive elements”. The government, the review said, had made commitments to tackling sexual exploitation but had given “insufficient attention” to learning from what aid recipients said.

ICAI made five recommendations to the government. The government accepted one recommendation fully and the remaining ones partially.

The objectives of the evidence session will be to question ICAI on its findings and to press the government on its response to the recommendations.

Witnesses

At 2.30pm

  • Sir Hugh Bayley, Commissioner, ICAI
  • Helen Mealins, Team Leader, ICAI

At 3.15pm

  • Vicky Ford MP, Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Peter Taylor, Head of Safeguarding Unit, FCDO
  • Chris Taylor, Director of Internal Audit and Investigations, FCDO

Further information

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