GPE partners seek to ensure the most effective use of all resources supporting partner countries’ education goals. GPE trust fund resources are sometimes allocated for use in environments where there is high risk of misuse of funds, through fraud, corruption and other poor practices. This could lead to GPE funds being used for purposes other than that for which they were approved.
GPE has zero tolerance for misuse of funds. Partners use their existing policies to address misuse cases and secure recovery of GPE resources. The GPE Secretariat carefully monitors misuse cases with the relevant grant agents, partner countries and donors to ensure that all funds identified as misused are reimbursed.
GPE partners have zero tolerance for misuse and will use their own policies to always take action to address the misuse and secure recovery of GPE Trust Fund resources lost to misuse. The GPE Secretariat carefully monitors the situation with the relevant grant agents, lower-income country partners, and donors to ensure that all funds identified as misused are reimbursed.
Reporting sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment
GPE has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) of any kind and is committed to addressing all forms of SEAH through prevention, mitigation and response.
Preventing SEAH is a shared responsibility. All partners must play an active role in reporting and addressing SEAH incidents as they occur.
The GPE Policy on protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment outlines both expectations and requirements for GPE governance officials, GPE Secretariat staff and all GPE partners involved in the implementation of GPE grants to manage SEAH risk and address SEAH incidents, should they occur in the delivery of GPE program of work.
The responsible party for receiving reports and conducting investigation of SEAH incidents vary:
- The World Bank, as host of the GPE Secretariat, is responsible for addressing all SEAH incidents involving GPE Secretariat staff, and shall apply its own policies and procedures to address all SEAH incidents. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to report incidents involving GPE Secretariat staff.
- All allegations pertaining to non-GPE Secretariat staff governance officials will be handled in accordance with the GPE Code of Ethical Conduct for Governance Officials. Please contact email@example.com to report incidents involving governance officials.
- Grant agents have primary responsibility for investigating SEAH incidents within GPE funded programs and shall use their own policies and procedures to investigate and manage all SEAH incidents. Accordingly, grant agents are required to meet and maintain GPE’s minimum standards on SEAH. Please report SEAH incidents on GPE funded programs to the relevant grant agent using the reporting mechanisms listed below.
Reporting mechanisms of grant agents
To report suspected cases of fraud or SEAH in GPE-funded programs, please contact the appropriate grant agent:
|Grant agent||Fraud reporting channel||SEAH reporting channel|
|Agence française de développement (AFD)||
E&S complaints mechanism
AFD Group's policy to prevent and combat corruption, fraud, anti-competitive practices, money laundering and terrorist financing (2020)
Report SEAH cases
AFD does not have a specific procedure to manage the risks related to gender-based violence and sexual harassment. This is however covered by the operating procedures which aim to identify, prevent or mitigate environmental and social risks and impacts:
Règlement du dispositif de gestion des réclamations environnementales et sociales
|Asian Development Bank (ADB)||
|External parties can contact the Office of Professional Conduct in relation to any breach of the ADB's Code of Conduct by an ADB staff member or persons required to comply with the Code of Conduct by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +63 (2) 8632 4080.|
Ethicspoint CARE Line (includes the online channel and phone reporting information)
Somalia CARE hotlines (not showing on CARE Line as those are local lines only): 2244 (Mogadishu/ Banaadir); 2063 (Southwest, Jubaland)
Policy on Fraud and Corruption
CARE International Safeguarding Policy
Report fraud and SEAH cases
Code of Conduct and Associated Policies
|Enabel, Belgian Development Agency||
Policy regarding Fraud and Corruption Risk Management
Each suspected case or indication of sexual exploitation and abuse can be reported to a Focal Point SEA or directly to the Integrity desk: Integrity desk
Policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
|Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) - Formerly DFID||
Reporting of fraud and SEAH cases: Any concerns about fraud and, sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) relating to FCDO staff or programs should be reported to FCDO's dedicated Safeguarding Investigations Team via: email@example.com or telephone +44 1355 843747.
FCDO's standards, guidance for partners and information on how to report a concern
|Global Campaign for Education (GCE) – CSEF grant only||Not available|
|International Development Research Centre (IDRC) – KIX only||
Report by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting to the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner
|Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)||
Environmental and Social Safeguards Policy
|Organization of Eastern Caribbean States||Access Grievance Redress Form and Sexual Exploitation & Harassment Form|
|Oxfam IBIS – EOL only||Website||
More comprehensive information in Danish
|Save the Children Australia||
Complaints information and contact details
Anonymous reporting of SEAH and fraud cases
Email for safeguarding advice
|Save the Children UK||
Report of Fraud and SEAH cases
Accountability and transparency
|Save the Children USA||
Report via email: email@example.com
Report via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report via phone: +1 844-287-1892 (USA)
|Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)||
To report send an e-mail to: email@example.com
|Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)||Website||Not available|
Internal Oversight Service website
Report fraud, corruption, or other misconduct
Telephones: +33 (0)1456 80907 ; +33 (0)1456 85571
Internal Oversight Service,
Investigation Section, 7,
Place de Fontenoy 75352
Paris 07 SP, France
Victims and other individuals who are aware of an incident of SEA are encouraged to report here
Also report to PSEA focal points in the respective field office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Retaliation Complaint Form
Report by email: email@example.com
By mail: Office of Internal Audit - Investigation Section
United Nations Children's Fund
Three United Nations Plaza
New York, New York
|The World Bank Group||
Telephone: (202) 458-7679
|Reporting Sexual Harassment or Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Involving a World Bank Group Staff Member|