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International Development Committee
Oral evidence ongoing
The International Development Committee (IDC) is inquiring into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. The Committee held an initial evidence session on Tuesday 20 February with Oxfam UK; Save the Children GB and Department for International Development (DFID). This inquiry will follow-up on several points raised during that evidence session and in the wider media since. The Committee’s key concern is allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of the intended recipients and beneficiaries of humanitarian and development aid by aid sector workers, peacekeepers, or others supported by UK aid (both bilateral and multilateral) in recipient countries; and proposals for new approaches to safeguarding within the aid sector to tackle these problems.
Evidence given by Sarah Blakemore, Director, Keeping Children Safe, Paula Donovan, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World and its Code Blue Campaign, and Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director, UNA-UK; Rt Hon Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development, and Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Former Secretary of State for International Development (at 10.45am).
Evidence given by Sir Alan Parker, former Chairman of Save the Children.
Evidence given by Caroline Nursey, Chair of the Board, BOND, and Judith Greenwood, Executive Director, CHS Alliance; Sarah Maguire, Director of Technical Services, Governance, Development Alternatives Incorporated, and Sinead Magill, Regional Director for EMEA, Palladium (at 3.15pm).
Corinna Csáky, Corinna Csaky, International Child Development Consultant
International Development Committee continues inquiry into aid sector sexual exploitation and abuse