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Oxfam warned over public funding following aid worker scandal

UK charity watchdog to probe Oxfam amid sex abuse claims

Helen Evans, Oxfam's former global head of safeguarding between 2012 and 2015, gave an interview to Channel 4 last night in which she said Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, stopped her from presenting a report compiled from confidential internal surveys of the charity's worldwide aid staff which highlighted further instances of sexual harassment, sex in exchange for aid handouts and rape.

Penny Lawrence, Oxfam program director at the time, said she was "ashamed that this happened on my watch".

Haiti's president described the recent disclosures as "disheartening" since the British people gave money to help Haiti recover from the quake "with altruistic intent".

The charity's deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, who joined Oxfam in 2006 as global programmes director resigned yesterday.

Bain said CAFOD is joining an initiative with other UK-based overseas development agencies and the Charity Commission, the government department that regulates registered charities in England and Wales, to strengthen cross-sector information sharing and protection of vulnerable people.

In its last financial year Oxfam received 32 million pounds ($44 million) from Britain's aid ministry, about 8 percent of its overall income.

The EU also threatened to strip Oxfam of its £40million a year funding to the charity - a tenth of its total annual income.

Responding to the allegations the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, tweeted: "What happened with Oxfam in Haiti is an extremely serious violation of human dignity".

Oxfam Ireland described the staff's behaviour as "totally unacceptable" and "contrary to our values" and said the Irish charity held a "zero-tolerance approach to sexual misconduct and will not stand for any kind of harassment of staff, partners, volunteers or those we serve".

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Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that specific allegation but has said an internal investigation in 2011 had confirmed sexual misconduct had occurred.

According to The Times, Oxfam knew about concerns over the conduct of Mr van Hauwermeiren and another man when they worked in Chad before they were given senior roles in Haiti. Lawrence said in her statement.

Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon.

Goldring accepted Lawrence's resignation, saying he "deeply respected" the move.

"I told Oxfam they must now demonstrate the moral leadership necessary to address this scandal, rebuild the trust of the British public, their staff and the people they aim to help, and deliver progress on these assurances", she added in a statement.

Oxfam also did not inform French charity Action Against Hunger about the circumstances of van Hauwermeiren's dismissal, and he went on to work as its mission chief in Bangladesh from 2012 to 2014.

An investigation by the Charity Commission is due to begin today.

Andrew MacLeod, the former chief of operations of the UN's Emergency Coordination Centre claimed "predatory paedophiles" were now targeting charities in order to "access children" in the developing world. "As the HECA (Horn, East and Central Africa) report indicates, we are increasingly gathering data that points to a culture of sexual abuse within some Oxfam offices". We have now heard of allegations of staff members in Chad using sex workers in 2006.

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