18 June, 2006

BREAKING THE CODE: Building Capacity to Investigate Sexual Abuse and Exploitation by Humanitarian Workers

Subject / Safeguarding_PSEA / Capacity building /
breaking the code

The Building Safer Organizations (BSO) project is an important collaborative effort by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to address the problem of SEA. The BSO project strengthens NGOs’ capacity to receive and investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse brought by persons of concern – including refugees, displaced
persons and local host populations.

To achieve this, BSO, which is housed by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) in Geneva, developed learning materials and field-based trainings. Following the pilot trainings, ICVA invited the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children to undertake an evaluation of the program, the results of which are contained in this report.