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Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) monitoring, (b) analysis, (c) storing and (d) sharing of information in relation to the Government’s preventing sexual violence initiative.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office follows UK Government monitoring and evaluation good practice, tailored to what is most appropriate for the size of funding we deliver and the partners we work with. All programmes and projects must contribute to, and help realise, a Theory of Change and be appropriately monitored throughout delivery. Our Grant Agreements, Memoranda of Understandings or Contracts set out the reporting requirements for implementers. A review or evaluation of every completed project and programme must be carried out, tailored to what is appropriate for the size of funding we deliver. We are looking carefully at these processes in light of the findings by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

The FCO works closely with academics and civil society organisations, including through our Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and Women, Peace and Security (WPS) working groups, to share information and help develop effective policy approaches towards the Government's policy objectives. It is standard practice for PSVI experts returning from overseas to provide detailed reporting post-deployment, which offers vital information that informs the Government's overall approach. . We recognise there are further improvements that can be made on sharing PSVI information. Building on lessons learned is central to improving access to information on preventing sexual violence in conflict.

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