Oxfam agrees not to bid for new funding from United Kingdom government

Casey Dawson
February 18, 2018

"Oxfam will be a standard bearer of safety and dignity for all who interact with us", she said on twitter.

The International Development Secretary said the organisation had a long way to go before it could regain the trust of the British public.

Mr Goldring, who is to implement the changes in the United Kingdom, said the scandal has shown that Oxfam has "betrayed" the much-needed trust that people have put into the organisation.

'They have been poorly served by Oxfam's leadership team too'. Certainly, the scale and the intensity of the attacks feels out of proportion to the level of culpability. "The actions and attitude of the organization over the coming weeks will be critical".

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has threatened to cut the charity's government funding, which was £32m previous year.

Byanyima said the commission would "look into our culture and our practices" and set up a vetting system for its staff and urged all victims of abuse to come forward.

Oxfam said it would create an independent commission which will have the power to access records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse and impose stricter controls on employees.

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima said she was deeply sorry for the allegations about staff in Haiti, and also in Chad.

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In a statement, Oxfam said: "Minnie Driver has been a devoted Oxfam supporter for many years, and we are grateful for her commitment to ending global poverty. To punish Oxfam, I think, is wrong", he says.

He said: "I don't think (Oxfam) wanted to promote a sensation and damage the delivery of that programme".

When asked why their relationship ended, she said: 'Because he was with too many girls! I've been clear about that right since this broke.

"Oxfam is an organisation which helps countless people".

It is also planned to set up a global database of accredited referees to ensure sex offenders can not re-offend at other charities, and to improve the organisation's "whistleblowing mechanism".

Oxfam will triple funding to address safeguarding processes, while also doubling the number of staff in this area and increasing investment in gender training.

Oxfam sacked four workers and let three others resign over the scandal but the government and charity regulators have criticised Oxfam for a lack of transparency.

The prostitution allegations were not passed to Haitian authorities at the time of the inquiry, but Oxfam said it had now passed on the names of the men involved.

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