With the aid sector facing real questions of accountability following #MeToo
movements, there is no time for misguided safeguarding policies created without the people most impacted by misconduct. An article written by Devex's Angela Bruce-Raeburn
questions the changes being made and who they are protecting.
"Many organizations imagine that they can control the insidious predatory behavior of some aid workers through the creation of new structures, panels, commissions, and reporting mechanisms. Like clockwork, somewhere in the headquarters of a humanitarian aid organization, the safeguarding industry was hatched and experts magically appeared and promises of change were made," she writes.
She ask's some important questions:
"How many of these safeguarding policies were written in the local and national office in country settings where we know the majority of abuse — thus far — has occurred?"
The best way forward is to work with those most most affected:
"Safeguarding requires an embedded policy of care that originates in local and national offices, supported by headquarters. Trainings and policies that are developed must come from the people most affected, with the participation of every staff member, from the country director to the chauffeurs, and every person in the organizational chain."
Meanwhile for more details on the ACFID independent review of its members, to ensure they understand and apply global best practice in the identification, response and prevention of sexual misconduct, go here
for the latest.
CID, together with MFAT, will be hosting a Safeguarding workshop. Please save the date of 16 August
, with more details to follow.