Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

International Charity Oxfam Could Lose All UK Government Funding

International Charity Oxfam Could Lose All UK Government Funding

Mordaunt, speaking to the BBC, said she would meet Oxfam representatives on Monday.

THE British government today said it is warning all charities that receive United Kingdom aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011.

British charity Oxfam says it will strengthen its internal safeguards in response to allegations staff members working in Haiti following the devastating 2010 natural disaster engaged in sexual misconduct.

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".

Some of Oxfam's staff allegedly hired prostitutes while in Haiti trying to help the country recover from the 2010 quake.

But Theresa May says she is "proud" of the UK's record on foreign aid and remains committed to the UK's requirement to spend 0.7% of the country's gross national income on overseas assistance.

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"Charities that receive government funding have been warned they must be accountable and report any allegations of abuse if they want to continue receiving taxpayers" money.

Meanwhile, the Department for International Development (DFID) said on Friday it was reviewing its relationship with the UK-based charity, to which it gave almost £32 million (RM175 million) past year.

"Since the Haiti case in 2011 we have introduced a range of measures to prevent sexual abuse and misconduct happening in the first place and improve how we handle any allegations", the charity said.

"This is a historic case but it is in some respects still live". "We were not told about the nature of these events".

The charity added it will soon deliver a "safeguarding training course for faith organisations, especially churches, so they can understand, recognise and respond to safeguarding issues, and develop a safer culture".

Ms Mordaunt said the charity had done absolutely the wrong thing by failing to tell the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities the full details of the allegations.

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

The charity said it investigated the allegations in 2011 and perpetrators were all sacked or resigned.

"There are some actions I'm looking for them taking now. If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there then we can not have you as a partner".

More reports of misconduct have emerged since the original report in the Times.

But she said: "Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop individuals falsifying references, getting others that were dismissed to act as referees and claiming it was a reference from Oxfam, or former or current Oxfam staff that worked with the individual providing a reference in a personal capacity".

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