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US News Oxfam Scandal: Charity To Stop Bidding For Government Funding

23:05  16 february  2018
23:05  16 february  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

Oxfam boss 'deeply ashamed' of charity behaviour

  Oxfam boss 'deeply ashamed' of charity behaviour Oxfam has defended its handling of a sex workers scandal after allegations that staff hired prostitutes during their work in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Alleged misconduct by former Oxfam staff members included the use of prostitutes, downloading pornography, bullying and intimidation, according to an investigation by The Times.Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologised on Saturday, saying he was "deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour".

Image: Oxfam has been at the centre of a sex scandal surrounding aid workers. Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for Government funding until ministers are satisfied it can meet the "high standards" expected. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had agreed not to

Crisis-hit charity Oxfam has been forced to withdraw from bids for public cash over allegations of sexual misconduct. Oxfam has said it will stop bids for Government funding until Charities Urged To Enforce Toughest Criminal Record Checks On Shop Supervisors After Oxfam Scandal .

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Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for Government funding until ministers are satisfied it can meet the "high standards" expected. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had agreed not to bid for taxpayers' money amid allegations some of Oxfam 's aid workers.

Charity agrees to demand from development department to stop bidding for grants until ‘high standards’ met.

Oxfam has said it will stop bids for Government funding until ministers are satisfied it can meet the “high standards” they expect.

The charity received £176m in government support last year.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said on Friday: “Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until [the Department for International Development] is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners.”

Oxfam received £176m from government last year © Provided by Huffington Post Oxfam received £176m from government last year

The latest blow to the crisis-hit charity came after The Times newspaper reported allegations last week that Oxfam workers had used prostitutes in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there in 2010, some of whom, the paper claimed, may have been underage.

Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim

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Oxfam GB has been struggling to win back the confidence of the public, the UK government and its donors following allegations The charity has also pledged to “sell freehold property to quickly raise substantial funds . Oxfam had to stop bidding for some institutional donorsafter the Haiti scandal .

The scandal worsened as it was revealed allegations of similar behaviour had been made in other countries where Oxfam provided aid. The charity was later forced to admit it quickly re-hired one of those dismissed over allegations.

Government ministers have been outraged by the reports, with Mordaunt saying on Wednesday: “This week, horrifying allegations have come to light about the actions of some Oxfam staff in Haiti in 2011.

“I know that everyone here today, and decent people across the international development sector, share my disgust at these appalling violations.

Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, has expressed her outrage at the Oxfam allegations © Provided by Huffington Post Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, has expressed her outrage at the Oxfam allegations

She added: “And share my determination to lead a full, comprehensive and systematic response to them.

“The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people, vulnerable children, is never acceptable. But when it is perpetrated by people in positions of power, people we entrust to help and protect, it rightly sickens and disgusts. And compels us to take action.”

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it rightly sickens and disgustsInternational Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

Meanwhile, the Charity Commission watchdog has launched a full inquiry into the allegations against Oxfam.

“The UK will continue to take all necessary action and it is vital now that the whole aid sector – from UK-based charities working overseas, to the UN, to other donor countries – step up and demonstrate the leadership required,” Mordaunt added on Friday.

‘We’ve been savaged’

The news came as the charity’s under-fire chief executive spoke out on Friday after “six sleepless nights”.

“People are gunning for Oxfam,” Mark Goldring told the Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead.

“Anything we say is being manipulated. We’ve been savaged.”

a sign on the side of a building © Yui Mok - PA Images via Getty Images

Earlier this week, Penny Lawrence, Oxfam’s deputy chief executive, stood down over the scandal, saying: “I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility.”

Lawrence was international programmes director at the time of the alleged incidents.

And HuffPost UK earlier reported on lax criminal record checks in Oxfam’s UK shops.

The absence of proper checks into volunteers’ criminal pasts was exposed after the charity’s former head of safeguarding said there had been three child abuse accusations in stores within a single month in 2015.

Oxfam then admitted 52 incidents occurred in shops last year alone.

The charity said it has now set up an independent commission to review all allegations.

Oxfam barred from working in Haiti amid scandal .
Haiti has suspended Oxfam from operating in the country amid an investigation into the charity's sex scandal.The Caribbean nation's government announced Oxfam has had its authorisation to work in Haiti revoked for at least two months over "serious failings" between 2010 and 2011.

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