#MeToo sex scandals spur interest in standards for the aid sector

There is no international watchdog monitoring the estimated 450,000 humanitarian aid workers operating worldwide. After sex-for-aid abuses in West Africa became high-profile news in 2002, initiatives were established to regulate the sector. But without third-party enforcement, these initiatives continue to rely on the voluntary buy-in of NGOs and IOs, allowing sexual abuse and other malpractice to continue.

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