"); NewWindow.document.close(); return false; }

InterAction issues report on sexual exploitation
Monday 15 November 2004
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
West Africa
·Burkina Faso
·Cape Verde
·Cote d'Ivoire
·Eq. Guinea
·Guinea Bissau
·Sao Tome & Pr.
·Sierra Leone
·Western Sahara
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

WEST AFRICA: InterAction issues report on sexual exploitation

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ABIDJAN, 18 July (PLUSNEWS) - Many factors may explain the vulnerability of displaced people to sexual exploitation but there are "no excuses" for its occurrence, US-based NGOs said in a just released document titled 'Report of the InterAction Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Displaced Children'.

The report was done by a five-member task force mandated by InterAction, an alliance of US-based NGOs, to look into the causes of sexual exploitation in refugee and IDP camps in West Africa and suggest ways to prevent such abuses. The group "did not investigate the allegations of abuses, but focused on actions that humanitarian agencies should take to prevent the abuse of displaced children," InterAction said in a statement.

Scarcity of relief supplies, exploitation of power, the vulnerability of the displaced, their lack of awareness of their right to protection and assistance, weaknesses in training, monitoring and accountability of UN agencies and partner NGOs were all cited as contributing factors.

Among other recommendations, the task force asked all organisations to stress to their employees that "exchange of money, employment, goods and services for sex is prohibited". It called on member agencies of InterAction to adopt or revise their codes of conduct, policies and accountability mechanisms.

To the international community the Task Force recommended: joint monitoring mechanisms at the camp, country and regional level; an increased presence of protection officers and experienced managerial staff, particularly women in the camps; and a reevaluation of aid levels and strategies to increase self-sufficiency among the displaced.

The recommendations follow a report issued earlier this year by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Save The Children-UK highlighting cases of sexual exploitation perpetrated by humanitarian workers, members of security forces and other individuals in camps in West Africa.

InterAction is a voluntary membership alliance of 160 US-based NGOs involved in humanitarian and development assistance in developing countries.

[The full report is available at


Recent WEST AFRICA Reports
African conference looks at living with AIDS at home,  16/Dec/03
World Bank gives $16 m for cross-border HIV/AIDS initiative,  14/Nov/03
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS
Making A difference for Children Affected by AIDS
Children and AIDS International Non-Government Organisation Network (CAINN)

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about IRIN's Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to

The material contained on this Web site comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post any item on this site, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Quotations or extracts should include attribution to the original sources. All graphics and Images on this site may not be re-produced without the express permission of the original owner. All materials copyright © UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2004