Our Work

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.

Key partners of InterAction on PSEA are IASC PSEA Task Force and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).

Online Learnings

E-learning Tools

InterAction has developed three online learning tools on SEA, available for all:

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 Ramon Broers.

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

Enhanced Facilitation Training, Length: 2 days (follow by 2 days of extended facilitation simulation)
The Enhanced Facilitation Training is aimed at participants who have completed both the Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms and Investigations Workshop, have facilitation experience and have been nominated by their respective organizations to organize and facilitate trainings to their agency staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. The training provides skills, techniques, and tips to experienced trainers to feel comfortable responding to questions, concerns, and challenges that may arise during SEA training.
Investigations Workshop, Length: 3 days
The participants at this workshop should be staff of member organizations whose job duties include being key actors in their organizations’ internal investigative procedures to respond to reports of SEA. The workshop will incorporate role plays and case studies to illustrate the principles and methods for investigating SEA allegations.
French curriculum is available (please contact Ramon Broers).
Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms Workshop, Length: 2 days
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.
French curriculum is available (please contact Ramon Broers).
Management of Investigations Workshop, Length: half day
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.
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 101, Length: half day
This important “101” level training module for NGO staff, will help participants to build an understanding of the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries by aid workers and the measures which need to be taken to prevent and respond to it. This half day, highly interactive workshop will illustrate how to put knowledge into practice through case studies, and highlight how SEA messaging can be adapted to your specific organizational.

For more information on these training curricula, workshops or the SEA Community of Practice, please contact Ramon Broers.