Administrator's Action Alliance for Preventing Sexual Misconduct (AAPSM)

Prevent Sexual Misconduct. Promote Respect and Accountability in our Workplace and Programs

USAID strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation or abuse of any kind among staff, implementing partners, or program beneficiaries. USAID affirms that sexual misconduct is counter to our Agency core values. USAID will take necessary and appropriate steps to prevent and address sexual misconduct within its workforce and programs, while also taking into account survivor needs. In March 2018, USAID Administrator Mark Green established the Action Alliance for Preventing Sexual Misconduct (AAPSM), an intra-Agency alliance to lead on these efforts.


Prevent and Address Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

  • Work across the globe to protect our beneficiaries and advance human dignity by preventing sexual exploitation and abuse;
  • Elevate the voice of survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation by putting their needs, rights and well-being at the forefront of our efforts; and
  • Review and revise our existing policies and procedures to strengthen accountability and compliance, in consultation with our external partners and beneficiaries.

Prevent and Address Workplace Sexual Harassment

  • Work across USAID to prevent and address sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, by strengthening the Agency’s policies and procedures for effectively preventing, reporting, and responding to incidents of sexual harassment;
  • Foster a respectful culture at USAID that does not tolerate sexual misconduct or harassment, and that values reporting, respects survivors, and prevents retaliation; and
  • Demonstrate accountability to USAID employees and stakeholders by using data to measure success.


In March 2018, Administrator Green hosted a Forum on Preventing Sexual Misconduct, which brought together senior USAID staff, the USAID Inspector General, and representatives from key partners. Between March and April 2018, Administrator Mark Green testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee on USAID’s efforts to address and prevent sexual misconduct. USAID has also taken the following actions since the launch of the AAPSM:


  • Finalize comprehensive policies addressing internal sexual misconduct and sexual exploitation and abuse in our programming, accompanied by training and outreach;
  • Ensure and track timely and appropriate response to reported allegations of sexual misconduct through improved business processes;
  • Conduct global staff and implementing partner consultations, including in-depth focus groups;
  • Establish a new capabilities to build the capacity of USAID staff and implementing partners on SEA protections and accountability to affected populations; and,
  • Issue a new Partner’s Toolkit on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as a USAID Manager’s Toolkit 2.0 with additional resources and case studies.


  • USAID employees are required, and implementing partners are encouraged, to report all allegations of sexual misconduct that affect beneficiaries — whether the allegations involve USAID personnel, grantees or contractors — to the Office of the Inspector General at .
  • Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving employees of USAID’s grantees or contractors must be reported to the relevant USAID Agreement or Contracting Officer.
  • All allegations of workplace sexual harassment at USAID — regardless of hiring mechanism — should be reported to the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) at All USAID management officials are required to report allegations to OCRD within 24 hours of becoming aware of them.


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AAPSM Manager's Toolkit

AAPSM Employee Toolkit

Last updated: November 08, 2019

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