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At Democracy Reporting International, we uphold a zero-tolerance of sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment (SEAH) in our organisation and programmes. This means that we are committed to ensuring SEAH does not occur and to diligently addressing it if it ever does.


DRI staff must treat their programme recipients, partners, and fellow staff members with respect and dignity. In order to do so, they must not sexually exploit, sexually abuse, or sexually harass others. If they are found to have sexually exploited, sexually abused or sexually harassed others, they will face strict consequences.

DRI staff must report any instance where they may suspect or notice signs of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

DRI programme recipients and partners are also encouraged to report any signs of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

How to report:

Reporting Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment:

Once a report is made, the Safeguarding Focal Point will manage the next steps together with the Director of Human Resources and Administration. This includes coordinating any necessary assistance for the victim, gathering information for the case, and sharing with the Executive Management/Board/external agencies for the final decision.

Please note that all reporters and victims of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment will be supported throughout the process. This also includes maintaining their anonymity as much as possible.

View the entire policy here.