Mayumi Fuchi

NGO Downward Accountability in Preventing Exploitation and Abuse within Aid Sector

Supervisors: Dr. Danielle Beswick and Professor Nic Cheeseman

Mayumi Fuchi is undertaking doctoral research into NGO downward accountability with focus on complaint mechanisms in the context of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).  Her research intends to explore the extent to which the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) maximizes the opportunities for complaint mechanisms to prevent and tackle SEA. She is employing negotiated accountability theoretical framework combined with accountability club theory. Her research uses i) critical discourse analysis to deconstruct CHS to reveal hidden problem representations and ii) case study to investigate implementation of complaint mechanisms and its referral pathways in a complex setting where multiple agencies operate in East Africa..

Mayumi Fuchi


Mayumi is a NGO practitioner by profession, with extensive experience and knowledge on NGO accountability and humanitarian response across Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She has led major emergency response, managed institutional funding for NGOs, and most recently spearheaded the organizational efforts on programme accountability. Prior to this, she worked with UNDP Vietnam on Public Private Partnership and managed health and education programmes across South East Asia whilst based in Thailand.

Mayumi holds Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Birmingham and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Soka University of America.  She sits in UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Independent Reference Group on Tackling Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment, offering advice from the aspects of accountability and international humanitarian standards. A frequent panelist on the above topics, she has represented NGOs at UK and global platforms such as World Economic Forum, UNHCR, UNOCHA, and BOND. 


  • MSc in International Development: Poverty Reduction & Development Management, University of Birmingham
  • BA (Hon.) Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioural Sciences, Soka University of America. Awarded Distinction and Best Researcher of the Year

Research interests

  • NGO accountability
  • NGO regulations
  • Humanitarian aid and interventions
  • International humanitarian standards
  • Prevention of exploitation and abuse

Other activities

  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Independent Reference Group on Tackling Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
  • Qualified Quality Management System Auditor
  • Certified CHS Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Investigator
  • Member of CHS Alliance Accountability to Affected People Working Group
  • Member of Accountable Now Accountability Advisory Group
  • Member of the British International Studies Association
  • Member of the Development Studies Association

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Twitter: @MayumiFuchi1