Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (PSEA)

UNICEF already has a strong corporate commitment to accountability and, in particular, forward accountability to its key constituencies - children and the communities where they reside. Globally, UNICEF already has in place systems (or has made significant progress towards establishing systems) that make individual programs more accountable and transparent to populations that it seeks to assist, both in situations of stability as well as in crisis. It is important that efforts to increase accountability are implemented systematically and across sectors. Towards this end, UNICEF has formed an inter-divisional Working Group on AAP, with representation from the Emergency Division, the Department of Human Resources, the Ethics Office, the Change Management Office, the Programme Division and the Legal Office. This committee meets quarterly, ensuring support for country and regional offices is available across sectors and divisions.

Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of crisis affected populations committed by actors who provide aid constitutes the most serious breach of accountability by the humanitarian sector. Consequently, the protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) is a distinct subset under accountability to affected populations (AAP), with a high profile and a strong set of specific commitments.

Philimon Majwa is able to provide technical support to implement AAP plans as well as PSEA minimum standards.

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