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July 2021

Keeping People Safe: A guide to safeguarding for non-governmental organizations and platforms

This guide caters to a dual audience: NGOs of different sizes and levels of experience with safeguarding, and NGO platforms operating at national, regional and international levels.
The purpose of this guide is 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.
July 2021

Developing a PSEA Policy: BCCIC'S Experience

This case study, developed by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) in collaboration with Digna, aims to present good practice and lessons learned while developing a policy to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.
June 2021
The guide addresses legal frameworks regulating prevention of and responses to sexual misconduct. In particular, the LWG provides information about: the duty of care required by organizations to ensure that their volunteers, employees, and program participants are protected from sexual abuse, harassment, and exploitation; basic principles organizations should consider when developing policy and conducting internal investigations; and criminal law responses in Canada and abroad. 
Finally, the LWG provides a brief overview of intentional consideration to protect traditionally equity-seeking groups who are LGBTQ2I, Indigenous, ethnic and religious minorities, and disabled persons, among others.
March 2021

Cooperation Dialogues - PSEA Session - FAQ

On February 24th, 2021, Digna, the Canadian centre of expertise on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), hosted a dialogue with GAC’s PSEA unit and departmental focal points. The objective of the PSEA dialogue session was to provide a space where sector partners and GAC could discuss PSEA requirements and expectations. It was also an opportunity to discuss current challenges and opportunities to strengthen sector PSEA capacity, compliance and accountability in the delivery of international assistance, and Digna’s role in these efforts.
The answers to the below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document are derived from the content of the dialogue.
October 2020

Baseline Survey Summary

In October 2020, Digna conducted a baseline survey of Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations (IDHOs). 49 organizations from across Canada provided their insights on the current state of PSEA in the sector.
The results reveal that overall organizations have made progress in their commitments to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. However, there are many aspects that still need attention. Digna will use the data to design a capacity building framework that includes upcoming trainings and information sharing opportunities to support organizations to reduce the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.

July 2020

Accompanying Survivors

AQOCI’s Comité québécois femmes et développement (Quebec committee on women and development, or CQFD) partnered with Digna to produce this fact sheet on supporting a survivor.

Survivors of sexual violence experience an incredibly difficult ordeal, which is made much more complex by the international context in which international cooperation organizations work. How can these organizations provide better support to a survivor of sexual violence? This brief gives a non-exhaustive picture of best practices for providing support medically, psychosocially and throughout the legal process. 

June 2020

Toolkits For Addressing PSEA

The toolkits explore strategies that can be used while working towards the PSEA. Based on the database of resources under compilation by Digna, we have developed eight different toolkits. In general terms, they unpack what many different organizations from the international development and humanitarian sector have done to address sexual exploitation and abuse. This includes their approaches to managing risk, their strategies and the best practices they have put forth. This document provides the full set of toolkits, each available individually. Overall, the eight toolkits provide over forty straightforward and practical documents.
Digna is committed to providing your organization with clear and useful tools. We hope they will help your work developing PSEA policies, as well as reaching partners, program and project participants in a respectful and ethical way. 

June 2020

Toolkit A
Examples of Codes of Conduct - Policy Programs

This toolkit contains eleven documents, which are samples of principles, guidelines and codes of conduct, and might be used as examples for each organization to develop their own recommendations regarding PSEA.
June 2020

Toolkit B
Examples of Risk Assessment and Management

This toolkit contains five documents, which are samples of useful tools to identify risk indicators and strategies to manage them, and might be used as examples for each organization to develop their own risk management systems.

June 2020

Toolkit C
Examples of Report Forms

This toolkit contains four documents, which are samples of report and referral forms, and instructions on how to proceed while processing a disclosure. They could be used as examples for each organization to develop their own forms regarding PSEA.

June 2020

Toolkit D
Examples of Flowcharts

This toolkit aims to provide your organization with flowcharts to support the development of programs on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
It contains six documents, which are samples of visually-friendly diagrams. They could be used as examples for each organization to develop their own pathways regarding the procedures on PSEA.

June 2020

Toolkit E
Examples of PSEA Audit and Self-Assessment - Contacts Within the Organizations and Partners

This toolkit contains seven documents, which are samples of contact lists and check-lists. They could be used as examples for each organization to produce their own call trees and self-assessment forms regarding PSEA.

June 2020

Toolkit F
Examples of Feedback Forms

This toolkit contains two documents, which are samples of feedback forms. They could be used as examples for each organization to develop their own feedback materials on PSEA.

June 2020

Toolkit G
Examples of Monitoring Surveys - Evaluation Tools

This toolkit contains five documents, which are samples of monitoring surveys and evaluation tools. They could be used as examples for each organization to develop their own evaluation materials regarding PSEA.

June 2020

Toolkit H
Examples of Visuals

This toolkit contains four documents, which are samples of visual information materials. They could be used as examples for each organization to develop their own visually-friendly documents regarding PSEA.

Videos

February 2021

Reducing Recruitment Risks for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse - Webinar -

How can your organization ensure that perpetrators of sexual misconduct are not putting your program participants at risk? And how can we as a sector ensure that those people aren’t moving within and between different humanitarian and development agencies?

Visit the event page here

January 2021

From a Pledge to a Plan: What Next? - Digna's First Conference

Digna’s virtual conference on how the international cooperation sector can prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse took place on January 27th, 2021.

The conference included sector leaders, government officials, and PSEA champions who discussed how we as a sector can prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse.

Visit the event page for more here

May 2020

Reducing the Risk of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse during Crisis

In this session you will:

  • Learn more about Digna 
  • Explore concrete steps your organization can take to limit sexual exploitation and abuse during the COVID-19 response and other crises

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  • Sensitive Investigations Virtual Training
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