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Safeguarding Research Summary

Title: International Development Safeguarding Support Project: research findings

Author: Anna Ross & Philippa Ramsden, Scotland’s International Development Alliance

Date: October 2018

Length: 9 pages

Resource type: PDF report


This report provides a summary of a small research project conducted by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s International Development Alliance with stakeholders in the international development sector. Key findings include:

1) Developing a robust safeguarding environment is akin to the journey of developing a culture of health and safety,

2) The Scottish Government is delivering its international development obligations primarily through the grant holders, therefore, partnership and accountability are influenced by a complex power dynamic,

3) It is important the Scottish Government is equipped to deal with ad hoc enquiries,

4) There is a challenge in aligning the reality, complexity and practicality of implementing international development projects with due diligence and compliance requirenements which have been developed from a donor perspective,

5) It is recognised there are a numer of institutional and cultural practices that exist in the context where partners are working.

For more information and resources about safeguarding, see the ‘Safer For All’ safeguarding support package on the website.

If you are interested in discussing safeguarding with other Alliance members, you can join the safeguarding discussion thread on the Alliance Community.

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