In 2018, the public learned that Oxfam GB was engaged in a cover-up, hiding known incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse that had been perpetrated by its head of mission in Haiti against women and girls who survived the 2010 earthquake. The UK Parliament established a special inquiry to investigate Oxfam GB’s handling of the incident, and the broader problem of SEA across the aid sector. What follows are links to reports resulting from that inquiry, including a joint submission by the DLP, IJDH, and Doughty Street Chambers, calling for industry-wide reforms. Other reports related to the UK government’s response to SEA are also included. Please reach out if I’ve missed anything that should be added. I’ll be creating other pages specific to the US and international response to SEA shortly.

  • Submission to the International Development Committee: Inquiry into Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Industry, DLP, IJDH, Doughty Street Chambers [link].
  • IDC Report, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, July 23, 2018 [link].
  • IDC Report, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector: Government Response to the Committee’s Eighth Report,* pub. Nov. 28, 2018 [link].
  • IDC, Follow-up: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, pub. Oct. 16, 2019 [link].
  • IDC, Follow-up: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, Government Response to the First Report of the Committee, Session 2019, pub. Jan. 20, 2020 [link].
  • IDC, Progress on Tackling the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Aid Beneficiaries, pub. Dec. 15, 2020 [link].
  • UK Strategy: Safeguarding Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH) in the Aid Sector [link].
  • FCDO Guidance on Reporting Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in the International Aid Sector [link].
  • Safeguarding Summit: One Year on Progress Reports [link].
  • Independent Commission for Aid Impact: The UK’s Approach to Safeguarding in the Humanitarian Sector, July 2021 [link].