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IFAD policy to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse

IFAD is committed to the principles of integrity, professionalism and respect for the dignity of all people. IFAD seeks to ensure a safe working environment free of harassment, including sexual harassment, and free of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in its activities and operations. SEA is a grave breach of trust of the people IFAD intends to serve and can have devastating consequences for victims, their families and affected communities. Thus, IFAD deems it central to its core values and mandate to have in place an effective policy addressing sexual harassment and SEA in its activities and operations.

IFAD has no tolerance towards acts of sexual harassment or SEA and takes action to prevent sexual harassment and SEA from occurring in the first place and ensures a prompt and effective response to allegations.

The objective of this policy is to: (i) define obligations of IFAD staff and those individuals holding a work contract with IFAD with respect to sexual harassment and SEA; and (ii) set out IFAD’s rules and procedures and approach in preventing and responding to sexual harassment and SEA. 


Policies and Strategies, Policy


August 2018