Building NGO Capacity to Address Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
About InterAction's PSEA Work
InterAction is dedicated to addressing the issue of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) of beneficiary populations by humanitarian and development assistance staff. The primary objectives are: to strengthen InterAction member capacity; to provide a forum to facilitate sharing of information, knowledge, tools, etc., so as to foster cross-agency learning; to advocate for SEA awareness and influence UN agencies, governments, donors, and others on SEA policies and programs at the global level; and to provide training opportunities for InterAction membership related to SEA. InterAction convenes a SEA Working Group (WG) which meets bi-monthly.
In 2010, the SEA WG launched the Step by Step Guide to Addressing SEA to assist InterAction member organizations in developing and implementing policies to prevent and respond to SEA. The aim of the guide is to make the process easily understandable and applicable to one’s own organization, so that any staff person at any organization can use the guide to begin the process of developing internal systems to address SEA, or to enhance and expand upon systems that are already in place. The guide outlines various entry points for starting the process of launching an organizational SEA system, and steps that organizations might take in the development of internal SEA systems.
With funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, InterAction developed tools and other resources to assist organizations in establishing a sustainable capacity to prevent and respond to SEA at all levels.
InterAction has developed three online learning tools on SEA, available for all:
- SEA "101" - a basic, entry-level introduction to SEA easily accessible for field-based staff;
- Management of SEA Investigations - a 13-minute introduction to managers' roles in establishing codes of conduct, complaints mechanisms and managing investigations; and
- SEA 201: Mainstreaming SEA Prevention and Response - a 35-minute module offering guidance on fundamental elements necessary to mainstream the prevention and response to SEA in agencies.
These e-learning modules were created in Articulate, and are easily adaptable. If you are interested in the source files to adapt for your particular organization, please contact Liz Bloomfield.
Capacity Building Opportunities
From 2010 to 2013, InterAction, with PRM funding, developed SEA-related training curricula and offered workshops, with the intention of disseminating knowledge about SEA prevention and response to the widest audience possible. The full curricula for all workshops are available for download.
Trainings Offered by InterAction
French curriculum is available (please contact Liz Bloomfield).
This workshop will build on existing guidance on how to engage communities to design organizational procedures that will encourage beneficiaries to come forward with SEA complaints. Participants in this workshop should be staffs who are responsible for supporting their organization’s development of SEA complaints mechanisms.
This workshop is geared toward senior staff who have primary responsibility for overseeing SEA investigations. Participants will learn about the basic principles of response to SEA allegations and the steps needed to ensure a proper investigation.
For more information on these training curricula, workshops or the SEA SWG, please contact Liz Bloomfield.