IMC calls for consultancies to join the Safeguarding Lead Network

IMC is calling for other consultancies to join the Safeguarding Lead Network (SGLN) – a private sector group that shares best practice on safeguarding in international development. 

Friday 10 May 2019, Kat Hancock

IMC is calling for other consultancies to join the Safeguarding Lead Network (SGLN) – a private sector group that shares best practice on safeguarding in international development.  The network emerged from private sector collaboration supercharged by the International Safeguarding Summit in October 2018.  IMC is part of the working group to develop the network, alongside British Expertise and OPM.

At a recent meeting of the group on 1st May, the SGLN was joined by DFID representatives in safeguarding and procurement, BOND (the NGO network) and UK Collaborative on Development Research to review initiatives to date and to agree plans to build the network for the future.

Private sector suppliers are tackling the issue of safeguarding in a myriad of ways. Some are focusing on policies and procedures – particularly around reporting. Other organisations have prioritised high-risk projects and making sure that context-appropriate procedures are in place at the local level.

IMC believes that everyone we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender, disability or ethnic origin has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  IMC will not tolerate abuse and exploitation by employees or associated personnel. As such over the last six months, IMC has focused on:

  • strengthening our internal capacity in order to design and implement robust procedures and to craft training and guidance materials for our people.
  • building capacity of our bid teams to design and plan for robust safeguarding procedures on our programmes during the bid stage
  • working with project management teams on our existing programmes to put in place context-appropriate reporting mechanisms, designing effective stakeholder communications and working with partners to strengthen our safeguarding approaches further down the supply chain.
  • continuing our work as a private sector representative on the DFID-chaired Cross-sector Safeguarding Steering Group.

Gavin English, IMC MD said: ‘The International Safeguarding Summit opened a door for conversations with partners. The Safeguarding Lead Network offers a non-competitive environment to develop and maintain best practice for the benefit of the sector. IMC is proud to be spear heading work in such a critical area.’

The working group comprising IMC, British Expertise and OPM will continue to provide the link between the Safeguarding Lead Network and the Cross Sector Safeguarding Steering Group, chaired by DFID. It will also promote the Network to attract new members and continue to work closely with the DFID points of contact in the Safeguarding Unit and PCD, who can provide support and guidance to suppliers.

On 7th May, the private sector was represented at the IDC panel on SEA (a follow up inquiry from the July 2018 SEA panel) by Tracey Smith from British Expertise International. The private Sector working group submitted a written statement prior to the panel session. This can be found here. 

If your organisation would like to join the SGLN, please register here.

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