Project profile — Syria - Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse - IOM 2021


IOM – International Organization for Migration (47066)
2021-03-22 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Syria (100.00%)


• Emergency Response: Relief co-ordination; protection and support services (72050) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


March 2021 - Years of active conflict and displacement inside Syria have resulted in severe protection risks, including widespread sexual and gender-based violence for millions of conflicted-affected people. Sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiaries by humanitarian aid workers is a serious concern for the international humanitarian and development community and represents one of the most egregious failures of protection. The prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers on beneficiaries is a priority of the United Nations Secretary-General and the international community to ensure that assistance does not harm beneficiaries. With GAC’s support, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is maintaining and expanding the systematic inter-agency approach between humanitarian organizations to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiaries by aid workers within Syria. Project activities include: (1) strengthening codes of conduct of aid workers within humanitarian organizations; (2) developing and strengthening a community-based complaints mechanism for complainants/survivors that have been sexually exploited and/or abused by aid workers; and (3) establishing and strengthening networks amongst humanitarian organizations inside Syria to manage the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse on beneficiaries by aid workers.

Expected results 

The expected outcome for this project is the strengthening of an inter-agency system across the three operational hubs of Syria to safely receive complaints, protect and assist survivors, and ensure appropriate follow up. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated, and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or that are food insecure.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
25-05-2022 Disbursement $250,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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