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IASC Global Review of Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN, NGO, IOM and IFRC Personnel, 2010

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In 2003, the UN Secretary-General issued special measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (PSEA) for all UN staff and others under UN contract. In 2009, the IASC commissioned a review of collective work by humanitarian agencies to ensure PSEA. Former Deputy Emergency Coordinator Carolyn McAskie was the special adviser to the process. In total, 14 agencies conducted a self-assessment of their own policies: DFS, IFRC, IOM, IRC, OCHA, Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO and World Vision International. The key findings of the global review are:1) Lack of clear Headquarter directives to the field2) Patchy implementation of existing policies3) Lack of visible senior management leadership to actively promote PSEA policiesThe review makes specific recommendations to address the gaps, including:1) Proactive communication on PSEA policies2) Creating Task Force on PSEA3) Piloting inter-agency PSEA pilots in selected location 4) Appointing high-level focal points to monitor and receive reports on enhanced activity and outcomes