UK to aid groups: no more cash if you don't come clean on abuse

From Reuters - February 13, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Britains government will tell aid agencies on Wednesday it will withdraw funding if they cannot show they are preventing abuse by staff following allegations of sexual misconduct involving British aid organization Oxfam.

The Times newspaper reported on Friday that some Oxfam staff in Haiti after the countrys 2010 earthquake had paid for sex with prostitutes. Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that specific account but has said an internal investigation in 2011 had confirmed sexual misconduct had occurred and has apologized.

Unless you safeguard everyone your organization comes into contact with, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteerswe will not fund you, Britains development secretary Penny Mordaunt will say, according to excerpts of a speech she is due to give at a gathering of development agencies in Stockholm.

Unless you create a culture that prioritizes the safety of vulnerable people and ensures victims and whistleblowers can come forward without fearwe will not work with you, Mordaunt will say.

And unless you report every serious incident or allegation, no matter how damaging to your reputationwe cannot be partners.

On Monday the deputy head of Oxfam resigned over what she said was the charitys failure to respond adequately to the allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Chad as well as in Haiti.


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