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Oxfam Haiti sex claims: Charity meet with UK government

BBC
Mon, 12-Feb-2018, 07:21
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Oxfam officials have met with the International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, to defend its handling of a sex scandal and try to prevent government funding from being cut.

The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.

Oxfam denies a cover-up and has been asked to produce evidence.


The Charity Commission said it should be "frank" about what it revealed.

The charity's own investigation led to four people being sacked and three others resigning, including the country director for Haiti.

Ms Mordaunt has said Oxfam must account for the way it handled the claims or it risks losing government funding, worth £32m in the last financial year.


Michelle Russell, director of investigations at the Charity Commission - which will also be part of the talks - told BBC Radio 4's Today programme officials had been "assured" Oxfam had investigated it "fully".


However, she said the watchdog was not told the full story at the time of the investigation.

"Had the details of what has come out been told to us, we would have dealt with this very differently," she added.





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