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On the 24th May 2018, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) appointed the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) to conduct an Independent Review to Improve Practice and Response of ACFID Members in the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct (the Review). The work is being undertaken in two phases.

This Interim Report reports on Phase 1 of the Review. It sets out the context and background, summarises what has been learned so far, including early observations and emerging themes around sexual misconduct in the aid sector. It concludes with a summary of the work that will be undertaken in Phase 2. It should be noted that the Interim Report is based on global scans and research and international and national stakeholder consultations. Primary research data collection and analysis of Australian NGO capacities and performance in relation to the prevention, identification and response to sexual misconduct will be undertaken in Phase 2. This will inform the findings and recommendations in the Final Report which will be made public, and findings will be presented to the ACFID National Conference at the end of October 2018.

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