Safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment: cross-sector progress report 2021 to 2022


This report provides a summary of work between August 2021 and August 2022 by the groups and organisations that made commitments at the October 2018 London Safeguarding Summit, and others working to align their safeguarding work with the long-term shifts identified at the summit.

In October 2018, the UK hosted the London Summit on tackling sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) in the international aid sector. The Summit convened stakeholders across the sector and included representatives from the United Nations (UN), UK non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Financial Institutions (IFIs), the UK private sector, the Global Fund and GAVI, research funders, CDC Group (now British Investment International), British Red Cross and donors representing 90% of global Official Development Assistance (ODA) at the time of the summit.

Each of the above stakeholder groups at the London Summit made a set of commitments to keep the people we work with safe from sexual harm.

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) convenes and chairs a Cross-Sector Safeguarding Steering Group (CSSG) which is made up of representatives from all stakeholders who made commitments related to the Summit, alongside independent voices, the CHS Alliance and the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). The CSSG prepares an annual progress report to update on work to prevent and respond to SEAH in line with the London Summit commitments. This is the fourth annual progress report and previous progress report examples can be found online.

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