United Kingdom threatens to cut off aid cash to charities

United Kingdom threatens to cut off aid cash to charities

During the probe, Oxfam dismissed four staff members and another three resigned, including van Hauwermeiren.

'We are shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from Chad.

The former Secretary of State said that "the reason why Oxfam has landed in this position is because they have not been fully open and transparent about what happened".

"We are saddened by the accounts of deplorable behaviour from a group of individuals who have abused their power, exploited their position, and sought to subvert systems created to protect vulnerable people in Haiti", the charity stated.

Ms Mordaunt revealed the charity had "categorically" stated to the Department for International Development (DfID) that no harm was done and beneficiaries were not involved, which she said was a lie. She added: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we cannot have you as a partner".

The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam amid a deepening sexual misconduct scandal involving some of the charity's employees working in Haiti after its devastating 2010 quake.

Ms Thomson said she was working closely with chief executive Mark Goldring to make improvements.

And it will extend an existing review into bad behaviour and the charity's culture to include looking at how people are hired and managing of staff in challenging environments.

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CDU delegates will get their own chance to vote on the coalition deal at a party congress on February 24. This had prompted unrest within Merkel's conservative ranks.

In its statement, Oxfam said it had informed its trustees, the government, as well as other major donors such as the European Union, the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies of the investigation and the outcome.

She told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: I am affording them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I'm going to be looking to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now.

Oxfam's chairwoman of United Kingdom trustees, Caroline Thomson, said it was working to "address the underlying cultural issues that allowed this behaviour to happen".

Oxfam said it now had a dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential whistleblowing hotline and safeguarding contact point within countries, and a code of conduct that stipulated: "I will also not exchange money, offers of employment, employment, goods or services for sex or sexual favours".

Ms Mordaunt replied: 'Well, quite'.

"If they do not hand over all the information they have from their investigation subsequently to the relevant authorities including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more".

On Saturday the Charity Commission said that while Oxfam had reported that it was investigating inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and staff intimidation, it had not given the full details. "What is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing", she said.

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