To Complain or Not Complain: Still the questions

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Published by Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), 2008

The results of consultations with humanitarian aid beneficiaries on their perceptions of efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse.

“To complain or not to complain” about sexual exploitation and abuse continues to be the dilemma faced by many disaster survivors. Despite several years of concerted efforts by humanitarian agencies, major progress is still required if organisations are to become truly accountable for preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiaries by humanitarian staff.

This report, based on consultations with refugees living in Kenya, Namibia and Thailand, provides insight into the barriers to complaining. It also highlights the changes that beneficiaries hope for in order to break their silence when it comes to misconduct by humanitarian staff.


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