Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Oxfam misconduct scandal: Bidding halted until it meets 'high standards'

Oxfam misconduct scandal: Bidding halted until it meets 'high standards'

"No form of sexual acceptable", he told CNN.

The International Development Secretary said the organisation had a long way to go before it could regain the trust of the British public. We still live in a male-dominated culture, in a male-dominated world, and so these things happen and people are afraid to come out, to speak up, to denounce.

The UN has faced its own abuse scandals.

Ministers have demanded Oxfam produce a plan on how to deal with any forthcoming allegations, that it report any staff members involved in the Haiti scandal and that it fully cooperate with the Haitian authorities. "Not to be afraid", Guterres told CNN Friday.

Miss Gabou said she had not seen van Hauwermeiren in six years but was not sad at what happened because "when he was here, he took care of me".

"Nobody is ideal, but I'm no pig".

The inquiry will also "assess what additional actions will need to be taken by the charity in order to address the findings from the inquiry's work and to assist in restoring public trust and confidence in Oxfam".

New allegations of abuse have since been made against the charity, including a female aid worker being raped by a colleague in South Sudan.

Reports that Oxfam staff members sexually exploited people in crisis zones are "a stain" that shames the charity, the organisation's chief said in an interview broadcast Friday. "And I did not give her any money", he said, adding that he was however "deeply ashamed" of the liaison.

The organization will more than triple its budget to pay for Oxfam's safeguarding team and additional investigative staff - and will establish a global database to ensure sex offenders can't falsify references.

It also plans to publish a 2011 internal review into the Haiti allegations, but notes it is first taking steps to prevent witnesses being identified.

It follows the news that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had quit his role as an ambassador just days after actress Minnie Driver did the same, criticising Oxfam for what she called "abhorrent mistakes". On Monday, its deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned.

"Clearly Oxfam have a long way to go before they can regain the trust of the British public, their staff and the people they aim to help", worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt said. Oxfam received about £32 million (about $44 million) from the government a year ago.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today, 12 February, opened a statutory inquiry into the charity Oxfam (registered charity number 202918).

Oxfam International is a confederation of 20 organizations.

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