“More than a dozen international aid organisations are implicated in a sex-for-food scandal documented by an official United Nations report that has never been published.
The Times has obtained a copy of the 84-page document produced by research teams working in west Africa for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children in 2001. It identified more than 40 aid organisations “whose workers are alleged to be in sexually exploitative relationships with refugee children”.
Many were small local charities but the list included 15 international organisations including the UNHCR and the World Food Programme and the British charities Save the Children and Merlin. International NGOs including Médecins Sans Frontières, Care International, the International Rescue Committee, the International Federation of Red Cross Societies and the Norwegian Refugee Council were also named in the report.
The Commons international development committee also has the report and has put it at the centre of its inquiry into sexual exploitation in the humanitarian sector. The investigation was set up after The Times reported in February on the use of prostitutes by Oxfam workers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Pauline Latham, a Conservative MP and member of the committee, said that the document, which was submitted to UNHCR management in 2002, was “very important to our inquiry because it shows the aid sector has had problems for many years but has failed to sort itself out and now is the time for renewal and reform”.
Full article in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/un-knew-of-sex-for-food-scandal-at-top-charities-xlkgkt0kb?shareToken=1fe808509c268ff4452b605aab8cbeb0
It’d be great to know more about the investigative competencies of those enquiring into this scandal. A big claim by The Times that they have obtained a copy of a report that has never been published – it’s on the internet? View it here: Report of Assessment Mission
Anybody investigating this type of offending and misconduct MUST be accredited to interview these witnesses. A ‘MUST’ have, NOT a ‘nice to have’! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how we can help.