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Oxfam's funding frozen until standards raised

18 February 2018

Meanwhile, Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, told the Guardian newspaper the scale and intensity of the criticism against his organisation was out of proportion to its level of culpability.

It has also agreed not to bid for any new state funding until Britain's government is satisfied the charity meets appropriate ethical standards, development minister Penny Mordaunt said on Friday. "The actions and attitude of the organization over the coming weeks will be critical". "We murdered babies in their cots?", he was quoted as saying.

Oxfam has said it will set up a commission to investigate past and present allegations of exploitation by staff.

"This was with an honorable, mature woman, who was not an natural disaster victim nor a prostitute".

On Thursday a new allegation came to light that a worker fired by Oxfam over sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti was rehired later the same year by the charity.

The sex scandal has sparked public outrage, primarily due to the fact that Oxfam had conducted an internal investigation into the issue and decided not to make its outcome public, letting its employees leave voluntarily in 2011.

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".

"We are going to create a vetting system", Oxfam International's executive director Winnie Byanyima told the BBC.

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It will also double the number of staff engaged in safeguarding and triple its funding in this area to more than $1 million (800,000 euros), while also increasing investment in gender training.

Roland van Hauwermeiren, Oxfam's director in Haiti at the time and one of the three who resigned from the charity, dismissed the allegations.

'He gave me nappies, milk, and money for my child'.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has threatened to cut the charity's government funding, which was £32m previous year. "I think it would be wrong to hold the entire organisation to account for the actions of a few people", says Pegg.

Evans, who headed a "safeguarding" section responsible for protecting staff and the people Oxfam works with, spoke of frustration that her calls for more support for her team were not taken seriously enough.

Oxfam has come under fire for failing to inform other aid organisations of the allegations against its staff including Mr van Hauwermeiren, whose behaviour working for Oxfam in Chad had already led to complaints.

"All I can tell you about this terrible revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated", she wrote on Twitter.

Oxfam's funding frozen until standards raised