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Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding Policy outlines our commitment to protecting anyone who comes into contact with RDWB from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in all its forms. RDWB recognizes that these harms are gross violations of human rights, which are rooted in an imbalance of power, particularly gendered and sexualised abuses of power.


This Policy is supported by the Child Safeguarding Policy, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy and Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse (SHEA) at Work Policy.

RDWB is committed to:

Creating an organisational culture that upholds the rights and dignity of all;

Building a survivor-centred approach that prioritises the voice and rights of survivors;

Promoting an intersectional feminist approach that recognises the impact of sexual violence on people of different ethnicities, religions, races, classes and abilities;

Responding to all allegations of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse;

Embedding our SHEA and Safeguarding approach into every aspect of our work.

We all have a responsibility to:

Uphold the rights and dignity of everyone we come into contact with through our work;

Build a work culture which ensures that people who come into contact with RDWB are not simply safe from harm but safe to realise their rights and be active agents of change;

Report if we believe someone has experienced or is at risk of experiencing harm. In line with our survivor-centred approach, staff do not have to report something they have experienced themselves, and can decide if, when and how they report it;

Embed these policies by making sure our work incorporates safer recruitment, safer programming, risk assessments, and other recommended practices.

If you have any questions about these policies or you want to report a Safeguarding concern, please contact the global Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@rdwb.org.

Our Accountability Promise

Everything RDWB does is geared toward achieving our vision of creating a world where vulnerable communities have full access to easy-to-use, affordable technologies for more comprehensive and sustainable community development

We are committed to being fully accountable and transparent to the communities we work in, as well as to all of the donor organisations, individual supporters and partners that make our work possible. We know that we can only achieve our goals thanks to your generosity, support and trust – thank you.

Our promise to you

Accountability is a core value that runs throughout our entire organisation. When you put your trust in us, we aim to be as open as possible in return, so that you can be sure your money is being used wisely.

We promise to use your money where the need is greatest at the time we receive it. We strive for best practices in fundraising

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