ACFID Publishes First Annual Update on Prevention of Sexual Misconduct

05 Jul, 2019

In 2018, following incidents of sexual misconduct in the aid and development sector reported in the UK media, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) commissioned two reviews examining the Australian aid and international development sector.
 

The first, conducted by Learning4Development, was a review into the strength of the ACFID Code of Conduct in setting standards for the prevention of sexual misconduct. The second, conducted by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), was an independent review to improve the practice and response of ACFID’s members in the prevention of sexual misconduct.
 

The reviews resulted in two reports outlining recommendations for strengthening the ACFID Code of Conduct and strengthening sector-wide practice and culture. ACFID accepted the recommendations of both reports and immediately began work to implement them. 
 

Following the conclusion of the independent review in November 2018, ACFID committed to publicly report annually on its progress against the recommendations for at least the first three years of their implementation. 
 

ACFID has released its first annual update on its progress. This includes: a statement from the ACFID Board; a snapshot of activity; an ACFID update against each of the independent review’s recommendations; and updates from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Not-for-Profits Commission. 


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