Following a number of allegations made against the Africa Regional Director by staff members in the regional office through our internal safeguarding mechanisms, IPPF commissioned an independent investigation by the law firm, Anjarwalla and Khanna (A&K). A&K is the largest corporate law firm in East Africa, with more than 90 lawyers and the leading full-service law firm in Kenya. It is also a founding member of ALN, Africa’s widest and most integrated legal alliance of independent top-tier law firms.
The thorough investigation conducted by A&K concluded that there were insufficient grounds to take disciplinary action against the Regional Director on the evidence available on the allegations.
The investigation did however uncover further information, following from the investigation of one of the allegations, relating to a lack of management controls and oversight of a previously declared and investigated fraud within the regional office. This new information led to the commencement of a disciplinary process against the Regional Director.
Following the decision to terminate the Regional Director's contract at the end of November 2018, an appeal was lodged, and that process is ongoing. During this process the Regional Director will continue to have no active duties. IPPF has been in regular contact with its donors and regulator throughout this process.
Over the past year IPPF’s Safeguarding Taskforce has undertaken considerable work to strengthen safeguarding policies, procedures and systems. This has included a comprehensive review of the Federation’s existing policies, procedures and resources. As a result, new resources, policies and training are all being implemented. IPPF has a new Safeguarding Framework and has launched IPPF SafeReport, a confidential incident reporting service line for staff.
IPPF is committed to safeguarding all who come into contact with it, including the people we serve, volunteers, employees, contractors and all workers. This includes safeguarding from any bullying or harassment at work. IPPF is committed to ensuring that its governance procedures help reinforce this vital work.
As you can understand, while the process is ongoing we will not be able to comment further.