International Charity Oxfam Could Lose All UK Government Funding

Glen Norman
February 12, 2018

Responding to reports that staff who left Oxfam in Haiti later joined other aid agencies, without their knowledge of the incidents, Christian Aid: "We are committed to living out our values of respect and dignity for all, and we will investigate any claims about any individuals involved in the Haiti incident to ascertain the facts, should they relate to Christian Aid and should we receive further information".

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".

She confirmed the charity would meet with the Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday and the Charity Commission, which regulates the sector, later this week. "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we can not have you as a partner", she said.

The charity has also said it had yet to find evidence proving allegations that underage girls were involved.

The U.K.'s worldwide development secretary is set to meet with charity leadership Monday following a sexual misconduct scandal that shook the organization last week.


Its own investigation into the allegations led to four people being sacked and three others resigning - among them its country director for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren. "We were not told about the nature of these events".

The Chad mission was led by Roland van Hauwermeiren, who resigned in 2011 after he admitted prostitutes had visited his villa in Haiti during the humanitarian mission to the country after the 2010 natural disaster.

Meanwhile, Oxfam is facing further allegations, reported in the Observer, that its staff used prostitutes in Chad in 2006.

More than 120 workers for British charities were accused of sexual abuse in the past year alone, sparking fears overseas aid organisations are being are being targeted by paedophiles. The British Red Cross told the paper there had been a "small number of cases of harassment reported in the UK".

Britain has warned Oxfam that it may lose government funding if the anti-poverty charity doesn't hand over all the information it has about a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti by some of its aid workers.


The charity said it launched an immediate investigation in 2011 which found a "culture of impunity" among some staff but has denied trying to cover up the scandal.

Marr said: 'That was a lie, wasn't it?'

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". "What is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing", she said.

Oxfam said it now had a dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential whistleblowing hotline and safeguarding contact point within countries, and a code of conduct that stipulated: "I will also not exchange money, offers of employment, employment, goods or services for sex or sexual favours".


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