11 February 2018

In light of the sexual misconduct reports in the media by staff employed by NGOs in Haiti in 2011, Bond’s CEO Tamsyn Barton said:

"The reported behaviour and conduct of NGO employees in Haiti is completely deplorable and contrary to the values and high standards the development and humanitarian sector is rightly expected to adhere to. It is very important that we learn the lessons from this as a sector to ensure that we have the best preventative mechanisms in place.

However, we cannot allow the actions of a few to undermine the incredible work charities do to provide shelter, food and healthcare in some of the most difficult environments in the world, and often at desperate times for the world's poorest people. These organisations are often the only lifeline for people facing conflict, climate change and extreme poverty. 

Bond is coordinating with members and linking up with the Charity Commission to ensure that vulnerable people are protected by robust safeguarding and whistle-blowing policies and practices."

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  • Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 450 civil society organisations and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  • For more information please contact Maryam Mohsin, mmohsin@bond.org.uk or 07555 336029