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Cooperation Dialogues - PSEA Session - FAQs

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.

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.

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. 

Toolkit A

Examples of Codes of Conduct – Policy Programs

Toolkit B

Examples of Risk Assessment and Management

Toolkit C

Examples of Report Forms

Toolkit D

Examples of Flowcharts

Toolkit E

Examples of PSEA Audit and Self-Assessment – Contacts Between the Organizations and Partners 

Toolkit F

Examples of Feedback Forms

Toolkit G

Examples of Monitoring Surveys – Evaluation Tools

Toolkit H

Examples of Visuals

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

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. The present brief is divided as follows:

  1. Introduction: a survivor-centered feminist approach
  2. Planning
  3. Disclosure of sexual violence: helpful attitudes 
  4. Medical accompaniment
  5. Psychosocial accompaniment
  6. Accompaniment throughout the legal process
  7. Return to Canada

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