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The Buzz | Oxfam's deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

The Buzz | Oxfam's deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

Action Against Hunger told the Daily News in a statement that it received no information about abuse during the worker's time.

"I am very clear: we will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require".

Ms Driver is the first celebrity to leave the global charity, which is headquartered in Oxford, UK, since an investigation by a British newspaper revealed senior Oxfam staff had paid prostitutes for sex in earthquake-hit Haiti in 2011.

ReutersOxfam is being threatened with having its government funding cut as a result of the scandal.

He wrote: "I know that this apology is by no means enough but I want to offer it unreservedly to our supporters, volunteers, staff and the people of Haiti and Chad for the things that happened in our name".

Oxfam now faces a battle to prevent other high-profile ambassadors from stepping down as well as making sure the United Kingdom government does not withdraw the £32 million (Dh163m) of funds it receives.

"It was not just the processes and procedures of that organisation that were lacking but moral leadership".

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Saturday it receives less than 10 percent of its funding from DFID and hoped to continue working with the department while rebuilding trust with the public.

Oxfam has said that Mr Hauwermeiren admitted that prostitutes illegally visited his villa, apologised and was allowed a phased and dignified resignation in 2011.

'I think it is because of a widespread cultural abhorrence of hypocrisy, ' he added.

The probe led to the sacking of four Oxfam employees, the charity said on Friday, adding that three people, including the country director, resigned before the end of the investigation.

Policy director at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations John Downie told The Herald that the "appalling situation" surrounding Oxfam could lead to a fall in donations to worldwide aid organisations and the wider charitable sector in Scotland.

While the PayPal company logo appears on the charity's website, a spokesman for the firm said the partnership with Oxfam ended a number of years ago.

In a statement, Oxfam denied providing positive references for those implicated, and said they were likely provided on an individual capacity.

"Oxfam is one of the biggest names in the sector and the codes of conduct were there".

Oxfam International is in deep trouble after being hit with the scandal - the organisation has already lost 1,270 members over the weekend (10-11Feb18), with former subscribers calling in to cancel their monthly donations in response to the sex scandal.

Nearly as appalling is the way Oxfam GB quietly fired four of the seven and allowed the other three to resign.


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