Zimbabwean delegation participating at the Global Fund Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment and Ethics capacity building workshop.

FACT Zimbabwe as a Global Fund Sub- Recipient took part in a capacity-building workshop on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 4th to the 8th of December 2023. The workshop hosted 13 Anglo-speaking countries in Africa including Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Eswatini, and Malawi. The workshop hosted over 145 delegates selected from Safeguarding and Ethics focal persons of the Country Coordination Mechanism, Prime Recipients, and Sub- Recipients. From Zimbabwe, the delegates were drawn from Ministries of Health, UNDP, National AIDS Council, and grant recipients. 

Highlights from the Training:

  • Adequate awareness of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) definitions. Everyone needs to be aware of what SEAH is and policies should also include the definitions.
  • Partner assessments include the 9 capacity standards to ensure that all safeguarding aspects are adequately covered.
  • SEAH risk mitigation is critical before program implementation.
  • Victim/ Survivor centered approach should be at all stages from risk mitigation to design of reporting mechanisms to managing allegations and investigations.
  • Organizations should communicate regularly to staff on ethical values.
  • Ethics should be embedded in Key Performance Indicators.