Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

International Charity Oxfam Could Lose All UK Government Funding

International Charity Oxfam Could Lose All UK Government Funding

Four members of staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, resigned before the end of the 2011 investigation, Oxfam said.

'We are shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from Chad.

The majority of Oxfam's 230 staff members working in Haiti at the time are not accused of doing anything improper, but a small group of male aid workers living in Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, allegedly turned a rented guesthouse into what a source told the Times the men called "the whorehouse".

Oxfam lied and failed in its "moral leadership" in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct by aid workers, the International Development Secretary has said.

Ms Mordaunt said it was her "absolute priority" to keep the world's most vulnerable people safe from harm.

'We will continue to address the underlying cultural issues that allowed this behaviour to happen, ' she said.

It said one of the instances was "a case of failings in adequate safeguarding", which was reported to the Charity Commission. It said significant improvements have already been made since 2011.

He added: "Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise".

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Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologised on Saturday, saying he was deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour.

What I'm apologising for is that nine Oxfam staff behaved in a way that was totally unacceptable and contrary to our values, and that led much more responsible staff to make decisions which are now seen by some as being marginal or inappropriate.

She will also seek to confirm they have referred all concerns about specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities.

Mordaunt said she would also be meeting with Oxfam's representatives on Monday, adding: "I'm very clear it doesn't matter whether you've got a whistle-blowing hotline, it doesn't matter if you've got good safeguarding practices in place".

He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities".

The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam amid a deepening sexual misconduct scandal involving some of the charity's employees working in Haiti after its devastating 2010 quake. Asked if that was a lie, Mordaunt said: "Well, quite".

Ms Mordaunt replied: 'Well, quite'.

She added: If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner. However, the minister said Oxfam did "absolutely the wrong thing" by not reporting the detail of the incidents to the government.

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