The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity’s failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti along with Chad.
One of the best-known international NGOs, with aid programmes running across the globe, Oxfam was under threat of losing its British government funding over sexual misconduct allegations first reported by the Times newspaper last week. The scandal was fast escalating into a broader crisis for Britain’s aid sector by bolstering critics inside the ruling Conservative Party who have argued that will the government should reduce spending on aid in favor of domestic priorities.
Aid minister Penny Mordaunt, who threatened on Sunday to withdraw government funding coming from Oxfam unless This kind of gave the full facts about events in Haiti, summoned senior managers coming from the charity to a meeting on Monday.
“Oxfam made a full along with unqualified apology to me, along with to the people of Britain along with Haiti – for the appalling behavior of some of their staff in Haiti in 2011, along with for the wider failings of their organization’s response to This kind of,” Mordaunt said after meeting Oxfam’s chief executive, Mark Goldring.
“I told Oxfam they must currently demonstrate the moral leadership necessary to address This kind of scandal, rebuild the trust of the British public, their staff along with the people they aim to help, along with deliver progress on these assurances,” she added in a statement. The statement did not address the question of funding. There was no immediate comment coming from Oxfam.
The Times newspaper reported on Friday that will some staff who were in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there had paid for sex with prostitutes. Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that will specific allegation yet has said an internal investigation in 2011 had confirmed sexual misconduct had occurred. Reuters could not independently verify the allegation.
Announcing her resignation on Monday, Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence said Oxfam had become aware over the past few days that will concerns were raised about the behavior of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that will the organization failed to adequately act upon.
“This kind of is usually currently clear that will these allegations – involving the use of prostitutes along with which related to behavior of both the country director along with members of his team in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti,” she said.
“As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that will This kind of happened on my watch along with I take full responsibility.”