INTRODUCTION TO SAFEGUARDING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
October 23, 2022
The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) has defined safeguarding as preventing and addressing ‘any sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment of research participants, communities and research staff, plus any broader forms of violence, exploitation and abuse… such as bullying, psychological abuse and physical violence’ (Balch et al., 2020).
As part of its commitment to upholding the highest standards of safeguarding in international development research, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases (CoE-NCD) led by Dr Frederick Bukachi from the University of Nairobi (the project Hub) commissioned and provided an introductory training workshop involving Node Leaders and Researchers from the following partner universities:
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Osun State University, Nigeria
Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Makerere University, Uganda
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
University of Ghana
University of Lagos, Nigeria
An invitation to participate in the engagement was also extended to colleagues within the University of Nairobi in order to build institutional capacity. The workshop was opened by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (AVC), Professor Margaret Jesang Hutchinson, and attended by senior staff from the Office of the AVC – Research, Innovation and Enterprise, as well as the Intellectual Property Management Office, Grants Office and other departments.
UKRI has been explicit about their expectations and requirements in relation to safeguarding, including that all funded organisations must have appropriate policies and procedures in place, and must be able to respond to and address incidents of, harm, exploitation and abuse. They also expect to be informed of any upheld allegations against staff, students or associated personnel directly involved in a UKRI funded activity.