MFAT does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment of any kind.

In October 2018, New Zealand and 22 other countries signed a joint commitment [PDF, 466 KB] to tackle sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the Aid Sector.

In October 2019, MFAT has released its Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy [PDF, 797 KB]for the New Zealand Aid Programme.   

The Policy sets out MFAT's minimum standards and provides guidelines for suppliers and delivery partners to manage and prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment risks and incidents occurring on activities in the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The Guidelines to support implementation of the Policy can be found here [PDF, 347 KB].

You can report an incident relating to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment or if you have concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable person on a New Zealand Aid Programme Activity, please fill in this form [DOCX, 77 KB] and email it to safeguarding@mfat.govt.nz.

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Implementation phasing
Date of effect
Compliance period*
MFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy released and takes effect for all MFAT staff

4 Oct 2019

Immediate
MFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for aid and humanitarian partners and scholarships programmes 1 Nov 2019 12 month
MFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for all other MFAT implementing partners and contractors 1 Dec  2019 12 month
MFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for MFAT downstream partners 1 Jan 2020 12 month

*Compliance period begins at the date of effect