How the boss of Oxfam grovelled before MPs

Hope Soto
February 22, 2018

Goldring publicly apologised for the actions of charity staff who sexually exploited female victims of the 2010 quake in Haiti.

Goldring said that with hindsight, the charity's leaders made the wrong call at the time of their initial investigation about how much information to give to the public and government authorities.

Oxfam's report shows the investigation was triggered by an email alleging that staff members in Haiti had violated the organization's code of conduct by using prostitutes in Oxfam guesthouses and engaging in fraud, nepotism and negligence.

Seven Oxfam workers were fired or resigned in 2011 after a whistleblower accused staff members of misconduct while working in Haiti after the 2010 quake that devastated the country.

"We've communicated that to the minister and we've given as best we can explanations as to what happened in 2011", Simon Ticehurst, Oxfam's regional director, told reporters on Monday, after meeting Aviol Fleurant, Haiti's minister of planning and external cooperation. "I was thinking about fantastic work I've seen Oxfam do around the world, most recently with refugees coming from Myanmar".

Last night critics again called on Mr Goldring to resign, saying that he was trying to "spin" the crisis to make Oxfam the victim, despite a catalogue of allegations about the behaviour of staff. "Some of those cases relate to the United Kingdom, some of them relate to our global program".

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The Oxfam boss and two other senior Oxfam executives were questioned by politicians about the sexual misconduct of the charity's workers in Haiti after the natural disaster in 2010. The results, I believe, are that I'm continuing to do my job and I'm continuing to make appropriate decisions. "My first concern is the women of Haiti and anyone else who has been wronged", he told the worldwide development committee, Guardian reported.

The Oxfam sex scandal is just the latest humiliation heaped on this poor country by those who claim to be helping it. ...

But she conceded that she could not guarantee that there are no more sexual predators working for the charity, although it would "build a new culture that doesn't tolerate that behaviour". "We have got to keep that work going", he said.

Speaking in front of a parliamentary committee hearing on Tuesday, the charity's chief executive, Mark Goldring, said that the allegations relate both to recent and historical events, and that 16 relate to worldwide programmes.

Two other Oxfam officials questioned by MPs also issued apologies on behalf of the organisation.

Stephen Twigg, the committee chairman, announced a wider inquiry into sexual exploitation in the aid sector.

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