Minister warns charities of funding cuts after Oxfam sex worker scandal

12 February, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Person organising aids to be sent to Haiti

The British government, meanwhile, has threatened to cut off funding to Oxfam, or any other aid organization that doesn't cooperate with the government's new effort to crack down on such abuses, according Mordaunt, who expects to meet with Oxfam officials on Monday.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt had requested a meeting with Oxfam's senior team "at the earliest opportunity", the spokesman said.

She added: If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner.

MORE than 120 workers for Britain's leading charities were accused of sexual abuse in 2017 alone, it was revealed last night.

United Kingdom officials have said that Oxfam needs to hand over all its information on the issue in order to not lose funding.

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

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The former Secretary of State said that "the reason why Oxfam has landed in this position is because they have not been fully open and transparent about what happened".

It said Oxfam's leaders had "showed a lack of judgment" in their handling of the matter and their level of openness with the government and commission.

Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, said the charity had lied to her department.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Saturday it receives less than 10 percent of its funding from DFID and hoped to continue working with the department while rebuilding trust with the public.

Ms Mordaunt said Oxfam had done "absolutely the wrong thing" by failing to inform authorities about the full details of the allegations.

She has written to all organisations funded by her department, telling them to report any safeguarding issues.

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Britain's overseas aid minister Penny Mordaunt said the reports of sexual exploitation were "utterly despicable".

That mission was also led by Mr van Hauwermeiren, who resigned from Oxfam in 2011 amid the charity's investigation into the Haiti allegations.

Oxfam says it investigated the claims and four people were sacked.

Asked by Marr if she thought Oxfam had failed in its "moral leadership", Ms Mordaunt replied: "Yes, I do".

The Christian relief agency said in both cases, no laws were broken but "the staff members involved did not live up to the standards and expectations outlined in our code of conduct".

Oxfam has said that the allegations that some of the prostitutes were underage can not be substantiated at this time.

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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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