This subsidiary body completed its mandate on 31 March 2022.

Translators without Borders (TWB), in support of the IASC Results Group on Accountability and Inclusion, continues to publish translated versions of the IASC core PSEA principles.

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Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): the IASC 6 core PSEA principles translated into 100 languages

Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in the humanitarian sector starts with ensuring everyone understands the basic principles. That means making the information available in simple terms and in local languages. The IASC Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Task Team and Translators without Borders (TWB) have developed a plain-English version of the six principles. TWB is now translating it into 100 languages that humanitarian staff and affected people around the world will understand.

The Task Team, in collaboration with TWB, is delighted to publish a plain-language version of the PSEA principles in the first 101 language versions. Other languages will follow in the coming weeks and months.

We encourage humanitarian organisations to share the document widely: post it in your offices and at community centres and refugee sites, email it to your colleagues in their languages. Let’s get the word out!

In the English-dominated humanitarian sector the benefit of a plain-language English version is twofold:

  • It promotes understanding by non-native speakers of English, particularly those with limited English proficiency.
  • It removes ambiguity and legal terminology, increasing the chances of an accurate translation into other languages.

IASC member organisations in the relevant countries are reviewing the completed translations as they are developed. This is to ensure that the language used is both readily understood locally and seen as appropriate and inoffensive. 

Many thanks to those organisations which have supported the validation process to date, including colleagues from: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji, Amity Foundation, CARE International, Caritas, Christian Aid, Community World Service Asia, Concern Worldwide, Croix-Rouge de Belgique, Croix-Rouge Malagasy, Danish Refugee Council, FAO, the Fiji National Department of Disaster Management (NDMO), GOAL, World Vision, Humanitarian Advisory Group, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran World Relief, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam Intermon, Save the Children, SIL International, Solidarités International, Red Crescent of Uzbekistan, Sphere, Trócaire, UNHCR, UNICEF, CHS Alliance and Women in the New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative (WINN).

TWB is sourcing translators, revisers, and validators for the remaining languages. Any organisation interested in contributing to the translation and validation process should contact