Closing the accountability gap to better protect victims/survivors of SEAH – Project

17 May 2021

The sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment SEAH of crisis-affected persons by aid workers is among the worst failures of accountability in our sector.

The CHS Alliance and the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University (ISS) are working on a three-year project to test new ways to address the accountability gap for survivors/victims of SEAH. The project should help organisations better ensure that survivors/victims can safely complain and have their complaints effectively addressed. 

The three pilot contexts are:

  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).

We know that a collective approach is more effective in preventing SEAH and responding to survivors/victims of SEAH. Based on collective learning from the three contexts and tested approaches, the project will provide valuable insights and practical tools that will benefit the humanitarian sector globally.

Get involved: collective assessments and national workshops

The CHS Alliance is working with members and other organisations to assess the current state of collective accountability in the three contexts and test new approaches to improve accountability to affected people, with a focus on supporting survivors and victims of SEAH.


Find out how your organisation can be part of this project, and learn more about the project and key milestones.

Download the project description


We will be hosting workshops with leaders in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and oPt to consider how organisational culture and power contribute to closing the accountability gap for survivors/victims of SEAH.

The project will bring together the humanitarian stakeholders in each country to consider the assessment findings and reflect on what needs to be done next to address the identified gaps.

If you are interested in joining this collective effort, please contact Coline Rapneau.