Oxfam revelations lead to more accountability for charities

Oxfam revelations lead to more accountability for charities

Oxfam revelations lead to more accountability for charities

The charity Oxfam is on the brink of losing all of its government funding.

Britain's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt warned today Oxfam must hand over to authorities any information it has collected on a "shocking" staff prostitution scandal in Haiti or face repercussions.

It promised to release the results of its investigation "publicly and transparently".
On Saturday, Britain's charity commission said it had written to Oxfam "as a matter of urgency to request further information regarding the events in Haiti in 2011".

"With regard to Oxfam and any other organisation that has safeguarding issues, we expect them to cooperate fully with such authorities, and we will cease to fund any organisation that does not", she said in a statement.

The former International Development secretary Priti Patel told the BBC: 'There are no databases of these predatory paedophiles that exist and we need them ... to stop this disgusting and corrosive culture of the revolving door in aid agencies'.

Responding to Mordaunt's comments, Oxfam's Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson said she shared the "anger and shame that behavior like that highlighted in Haiti in 2011 happened in our organization".

A spokesperson for Oxfam said the organisation was deeply shocked by the new allegations, admitting the problem was "sector-wide".

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".

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The Cabinet minister announced she will meet with the British-based charity's leadership tomorrow as it continues to reel from accusations it covered up the episode in 2011.

Responding to a report in The Times newspaper, Oxfam admitted that the behaviour of some of its staff had been "totally unacceptable".

"If they do not hand over all the information they have from their investigations to the relevant authorities.then I can not work with them".

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".

Former worldwide development secretary Priti Patel told BBC Radio 5 Live the Oxfam allegations had not surprised her and said it was "absolutely appalling".

During the probe, Oxfam dismissed four staff members and another three resigned, including van Hauwermeiren.

The Times of London on Friday published a report with details of a leaked internal investigation of the alleged payment for sex with young women, possibly including under-age girls, by Oxfam staff in Haiti.

In a statement, Oxfam denied providing positive references for those implicated, and said they were likely provided on an individual capacity.

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