Welcome to Digna
The Canadian Centre of Expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
Our goal is to help Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations improve their ability to PSEA, towards their program participants, particularly women and girls. We aim to increase awareness of, access to, and use of gender-responsive policies and good practices to PSEA.
Digna's PSEA Organizational Assessment Tool - Please note that the deadline to submit your data to Digna has been extended until February 3!
Digna's Directory of PSEA Service Providers
Our second case study showcases the experience of an international development agency undergoing a sexual exploitation and abuse investigation.
In this case study, you will find the results of the investigation into an allegation that a community volunteer had been demanding sexual relationships in exchange for livelihood support, or for the inclusion of local community members’ names in project activities and/or benefits. There are some recommendations provided by the SEA investigator, the tools developed during the investigation process, and the agency’s lessons learned.
In July, we started publishing a series of case studies developed in collaboration with Cooperation Canada’s membership. The first of this series showcases the experience of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) in developing a policy to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.
The materials provide a comprehensive overview of the process of constructing a PSEA-dedicated policy, including good practice, lessons learned, and working with local communities and partners.
This guide was developed to support organizations working to strengthen their safeguarding policies, procedures and practices to prevent bullying, harassment, abuse and exploitation, and to appropriately respond when said instances do occur. Building on international standards and evolving good practices on safeguarding, this resource offers guidance on both content and process – the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of strengthening policies, procedures and practices. The guide also aims to support membership-based CSOs looking for ways to support their members in their efforts on safeguarding, and offers peer learning on how to advance the conversation on safeguarding as a sector.
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Did you know that Digna has a resource library with over 200 PSEA resources?
We compiled examples of Organizational Policies from Canadian CSOs, as well as examples of Codes of conduct that explicitly prohibit sexual exploitation and abuse to help Canadian organizations develop their own. We also have code of conduct templates that will help you clearly state your expectations for staff, volunteers and partners.