Oxfam Ireland pledges to play 'leadership role' in global charity's reform efforts

Faith Castro
February 18, 2018

Shoma Tahkeur, who was visiting Norwich said: "I used to buy furniture from them but I never will again, and I would not recommend any of my friends too either". The allegations relate to Oxfam Great Britain, one of 20 affiliates that make up Oxfam International.

In response, Oxfam said it would create a global database of accredited referees to crack down on forged or unreliable references from past or current employees.

He acknowledged Oxfam could have acted faster but said "what I felt really clearly is many people haven't wanted to listen to explanations".

A commitment to improve the culture within Oxfam to ensure that no one faces sexism, discrimination or abuse, that everyone, especially women, feels safe to speak out, and everyone is clear on what behaviour is acceptable or not.

Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied the specific accounts reported in the media but has said an internal investigation in 2011 confirmed sexual misconduct occurred and it has apologized. The names of the men involved have already been shared with the authorities in Haiti.

In his letter, Allan, who took over the brief from Humza Yousaf two years ago, cites allegations of "serious misconduct and sexual abuse by staff working in the worldwide development sector, specifically in relation to vulnerable groups". In my language: "Okuruga ahamutima gwangye, mutusaasire".

"From the bottom of my heart, I'm asking for forgiveness". "Of course words are not enough".

Oxfam is a collection of19 independent charitable organizations from around the world with the same goal: to end poverty around the globe.

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I am committed to playing a leadership role in facilitating this comprehensive action plan to root out any form of abuse... "Mark is absolutely the right person to implement these changes in the United Kingdom".

Paid for by supporters rather than the charity itself, it says sorry to the people of Haiti and outlines its future safeguarding strategy.

"Unless you safeguard everyone your organization comes into contact with, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, we will not fund you", Mordaunt told a conference attended by representatives of development agencies in Stockholm. "We need to make sure anyone guilty of such gross misconduct is not able to move between different organisations, exposing more vulnerable people to risk".

"But if Oxfam's business is to help save lives, if people are motivated by protecting Oxfam, they're motivated by actually delivering that".

In an open letter on Thursday, van Hauwemeiren, a 68-year-old Dutch citizen, denied the allegations of sexual exploitation, saying he had "intimate relations" with a woman in Haiti during his tenure there, but that she was "not a prostitute".

But Ms Mordaunt indicated millions in taxpayer funding could be cut off in the wake of the scandal.

In another blow to the Oxfam brand, prosecutors in Guatemala said Tuesday that they had detained Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, the chairman of Oxfam International.

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