It’s tempting to think only charities can end abuse in aid. But we need state backup

The UK government has gone quiet on global safeguarding. The new FCDO must work with NGOs to hold abusers accountable.

When stories of sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation in the aid sector surfaced in February 2018, a firestorm of blame and recrimination broke out across British NGOs. Household names were vilified, and the secretary of state for international development publicly declared that we had lost our moral compass.

The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office must take up the challenge of driving safeguarding changes in the global aid system. They will have the full support of the NGO sector if they seize this moment to achieve our common goal.

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