DFID's Safeguarding Summit: Putting People First

DFID and the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW) co-hosted the Safeguarding Summit on 18th October in London.

The event addressed the safeguarding prevention and response failures that have led to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) within the international development sector. Survivors of SEA, and representatives from UK international development charities, the UN, donors, private sector suppliers, regulatory bodies, and safeguarding experts were in attendance. Read CDR's summary of the event here.

The day started with a powerful call to action by survivors and experts, which was followed by Minister for International Development, Penny Mordaunt’s keynote speech.


She outlined DFID’s main commitments, which include the creation of a global database of aid workers in cooperation with Interpol.


You can read the full speech here (not including the interruption from protestor, Alexia Pepper de Caires).

We are proud that CDR member, Kathryn Hancock (IMC Worldwide) represented the Private sector alongside Raquel McGrath (Oxford Policy Management) at the summit. They wrote and presented the private sector's commitment document.


You can read it and also find commitment documents from donors, IFIs, charities & NGOs, and the UN here.


CDR and our members stand ready to work with government, donors, partners and communities to tackle safeguarding issues.

CDR, alongside British Expertise International, is delighted to have facilitated discussion within the private sector in preparation of the summit and CDR will be working with partners to reconvene private sector suppliers in six months. This will ensure that the commitments made at the Summit produce results which keep all people – especially the most vulnerable – safe and ensure that justice is served.

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