Overview



CARE International’s Overall Approach to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

See the CI Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, approved by the CI Board Executive Committee in September 2009. Click here for the policy in French.

CARE has always placed high importance to core values of dignity, security, non-discrimination and equality and endeavors to continuously improve its staff policies to ensure that there is zero tolerance for any discriminatory, harassing or exploitative conduct in its workplace.
In response to reported cases of sexual exploitation of intended beneficiaries by staff from humanitarian aid organizations in West Africa, CARE constituted a Task Force to investigate the allegations of sexual exploitation of program beneficiaries by Humanitarian Aid workers. Although investigations showed that no CARE employees were involved in that instance, the potential for such incidents was recognized, and the urgent need to institute mechanisms to prevent exploitation of all kinds and investigate and intervene into any such allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of project participants.
Each CARE member initiated actions to put in place specific policies and standards for staff conduct and orientation and training of staff for effective implementation of such policies. CARE USA developed additional guidelines and resource materials, established an SEA Advisory Group and supported implementation of pilot activities in the Country Offices to educate staff and empower communities to report SEA concerns. CARE is also actively engages with UN and non UN Development Organizations for knowledge sharing and development of new tools and resources to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian workers. CARE International is a signatory to the high level statement of commitment of UN and non UN entities on PSEA launched in 2006.

The overall approach recognized that
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse is a taboo subject and people hesitate talking about it openly in most cultures.
  • Gender-biases and discrimination are deeply embedded across cultures, therefore, bringing about positive and progressive change in attitudes and behavior will require a long-term commitment.
  • Given the unequal power relations between men and women and between providers and beneficiaries it is essential to find ways to ensure confidentiality and sensitivity in handling of any allegations of sexual exploitation.

CARE recognizes the terms sexual harassment (SH), sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) have overlapping concepts and uses the term sexual exploitation and abuse specifically to refer only to abuse by humanitarian workers of project participants and communities. Similarly, the term sexual harassment is used to address misconduct of sexual nature in the workplace and SGBV is used to address issues in the communities we work with through our programming. This distinction enhances clarity in organizational measures and accountability.

CARE PSEA Training Resources (new June 2016)

2 hour PSEA introductory session includes session guide, powerpoint, handout and case study.





2 day PSEA sensitisation workshop - training manual in French:


2 day PSEA sensitisation workshop - training manual in English:




PSEA Advisory Group

PSEA Updates and Reports








CO Pilots and Reports






CARE Resource Materials







Guidelines for assessing policies on harassment and sexual exploitation
Guidelines for reporting and investigating harassment and sexual exploitation in the workplace, FRENCH
Harassment and sexual exploitation in the workplace, facilitation guide, FRENCH.doc
Harassment, exploitation and sexual abuse in emergencies, personnel orientation manual, FRENCH.doc
Ideas for preventing sexual exploitation in relief operations, FRENCH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, senior management training, facilitator guide, FRENCH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, senior manager training, facilitator guide, ENGLISH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, senior management training, participant guide, ENGLISH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, staff training, facilitator guide, ENGLISH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, staff training, participant guide, ENGLISH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, staff training, participant guide, FRENCH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, training of trainers, ENGLISH.doc
Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, training of trainers, FRENCH.doc
Training of trainers on prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, PowerPoint, FRENCH.ppt
PSEA, evaluation of training, senior managers, FRENCH.doc

External Resources









Using data from a gender analysis for improved interventions. Work around orphans and vulnerable children
in CARE Rwanda.