ACFID Response to UK’s International Development Committee Report

31 Jul, 2018

Commenting on the publication of the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee report into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell said:

“ACFID – in partnership with its members and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – has commissioned an independent review into the prevention of sexual misconduct in the Australian context. Alongside this, we are currently reviewing current guidance and safeguards under our existing industry code of good practice – ACFID’s Code of Conduct.

“The findings from the UK’s IDC inquiry will be carefully considered and will form part of the deliberations of both reviews.

“We are determined that the reviews we have put in train result in long-lasting change. The independent review will provide recommendations for our members which will form a roadmap for improvement and the Code review will result in permanent changes to ACFID’s Code of Conduct.

“ACFID, its members and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have come together and dedicated significant resources to review what we have in place and set us on a course of improvement where necessary.

“Sexual misconduct has absolutely no place in our sector. ACFID and our members are committed to addressing the concerns that have arisen and will work to further ensure accountability; drive prevention; and change behaviour so that we go above and beyond what we already have in place.

“It is essential that our approach has the experience of victims and survivors at its heart. If staff within ACFID’s membership, and within members’ beneficiaries and partners, have been affected by sexual misconduct and have experiences they wish to report into the review confidentially, they can contact the review team at VIFM in office hours on 1800-00-PSEA (1800-00-7732) or contact the review team at [email protected].”

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