Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance

Key Pillars of Prevention and Response
DAC Recommendation

A Collective Response to End Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance: Key Pillars on Prevention and Response was adopted on 12 July 2019. The DAC Recommendation is the first international instrument on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH) that applies to development co-operation and humanitarian assistance. It was developed in response to disturbing reports of sexual exploitation and abuse in development cooperation
and humanitarian assistance and provides a comprehensive framework to support, guide, incentivise and help governments – in their capacity as donors, cross-government and international community stakeholders – to implement more coherent and aligned measures, following international standards, to prevent and respond to SEA and SH in their activities in the disbursement and/or management of aid, including by putting survivors and victims first, supporting organisational cultural change, building capacity, strengthening accountability, and bolstering the integrity of the international aid sector.

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