Common Approach to Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment (CAPSEAH).

Welcome to CAPSEAH

CAPSEAH is a guide to help all people and organisations working in humanitarian, development and peace (HDP) settings take action to protect people from Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH).

CAPSEAH brings actions from existing practice, policies and standards together to stimulate more and better collective action to tackle SEAH. CAPSEAH provides:

  • Background on SEAH and a collective vision for action
  • Common principles to guide all work
  • Minimum actions 
  • Online practical guidance

CAPSEAH was finalised following a global consultation and will next be discussed at a virtual roundtable on 27 June


The final CAPSEAH can currently be downloaded in English. 

PDF downloads in Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese are in development and will be added shortly. Translations in other languages will also be developed.

Endorse CAPSEAH 

CAPSEAH is voluntary and non-binding, but governments and organisations are encouraged to signal their commitment to tackling SEAH by endorsing it using the form here. This does not entail any legal obligations or formal monitoring. 

Organisations can join this long-term global effort to improve work to protect against SEAH at any time. Countries and organisations do not have to publicly endorse CAPSEAH to use it.  


The development of CAPSEAH was led by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee of individual experts, governments and organisations who generously contributed their time and ideas over an 18 month period:  

The Special Coordinator on Improving the UN response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate; the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC); the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR); the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance (CHS Alliance); the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA); the Secretariat of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD; the European Commission; the Global Women’s Institute; the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre in Ghana; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Professor Rosa Freedman; Dr Jasmine Westendorf; Miranda Brown; and representatives from the Governments of Australia, Egypt, Mexico, Uganda and the UK.

The documents also greatly benefited from inputs from members of a wider Consultative Network and the hundreds of people and organisations who inputted in other ways, including during the three-month global consultation on the first full draft which ran for 3 months from November 2023 to February 2024