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PSEA Guidance Notes HCT -May 2019

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by aid workers directly contradicts the principles upon which humanitarian action is based and represents a protection failure on the part of the aid and peace keeping community. SEA inflicts harm on those whom the humanitarian community are seeking to protect, as well as jeopardizes the credibility of all assistance agencies. The revelations of the extent of the problem in West Africa in 2002 led to a number of initiatives by the humanitarian community to address the matter.


  • Language: English
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  • Theme: Coordination
  • Year of publication: 2019
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  • Country: Somalia
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Sexual exploitation and abuse represents a catastrophic failure of protection. It brings harm to those whom we are mandated to protect.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee is working to scale up protection from sexual exploitation and abuse across humanitarian response efforts. This website and global dashboard has been developed and managed through the support of UNICEF. It is dedicated to providing technical support and resources to practitioners, and to tracking inter-agency, collective progress across countries with a humanitarian response.