Inter-Agency Ethiopia PSEA Network
Since its establishment, the inter-agency Ethiopia PSEA Network has made significant progress in tackling sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) within the humanitarian community and development sector in Ethiopia. These achievements are seen through the establishment of both national and regional level networks in Somali, SNNP, Oromia, Gambella, Amhara, Afar, as well as Mekelle and Shire in Tigray, endorsement of Inter-Agency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms (CBCMs), development of information campaigns with linked information, education and communication (IEC) materials and GBV pocket guides in local languages, design of (in-person as well as online) country-contextualised training packages for network focal points, clusters and (implementing) partners, as well as the facilitation of ToT trainings for over 200 national and regional PSEA focal points. These achievements are further complemented by ongoing network initiatives and inter-agency projects throughout the country.
Critical to the success of this approach was the UN Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Country Team’s (HCT) vital decision, in 2016, to have a dedicated coordination structure in place in Ethiopia, focusing specifically on sexual exploitation and abuse preparedness and response through the establishment of the inter-agency Ethiopia PSEA Network. This decision by the senior management in-country recognised the urgent need to develop joint accountability mechanisms to advance the support available for at-risk communities; thus, also recognising the common root of these abuses: power differentials and gender inequality. As a part of this process, a clear vision, strategy, and work plan were developed by the PSEA Task Force in 2018, which were later updated by the Ethiopia PSEA Network focal points and endorsed by UNCT and EHCT in 2020 and 2021.
Despite this important progress, however, much more need to be done on PSEA in Ethiopia, especially as the country continues to be affected by various emergencies. These, amongst others, include conflict and related IDPs and refugees, COVID-19 pandemic, drought, desert locust infestation, and floods. Consequently, at-risk groups, especially women and children, are impacted by multiple shocks, creating an emerging protection crisis in-country. Within this context, the Ethiopia PSEA Network remains committed to its vision of:
Supporting its members in fully integrating PSEA in national interventions, as well as developing an inter-agency accountability culture from the top-down that fully protect and supports survivors.
- Dr. Catherine Sozi, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Ethiopia, July 2021
IASC Six Core Principles relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by humanitarian workers in Ethiopia
Ethiopia PSEA Network Code of Conduct
Ethiopia PSEA Network Training Package - IA SOPs for CBCMs Reporting
Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on PSEA
IEC materials for affected communities
SEA Risk Assessment Guide - Ethiopia PSEA Network
Ethiopia DTM PSEA Thematic Report (August - September 2021)
Ethiopia DTM Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Thematic Report (December 2021 - February 2022)