British Government inquiry into Oxfam scandal gets underway

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International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had lied and failed in its "moral leadership" by not fully disclosing details of its investigation to the relevant authorities.

Lawrence said Monday that the allegations of sexual misconduct were first raised about some Oxfam staff in an earlier mission in Chad. Following the investigation, the charity fired four people and three others resigned. Oxfam Ireland has enjoyed an eight per cent rise in financial support in the past year and spent just under €7 million in fourteen countries in the year leading up to March 2017.

The allegations emerged in The Times on Friday, which said Oxfam's country director for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, used prostitutes at a villa rented for him by Oxfam in the aftermath of the 2010 natural disaster.

Oxfam International is a confederation of 20 organizations.

The staff were in as part of the relief effort following the devastating magnitude 7.0 natural disaster that killed more than 200,000 people there in 2010.

The Times newspaper, which broke the story, reported on Monday that the charity knew of allegations about van Hauwermeiren's conduct during a previous posting in Chad, but still appointed him to direct its response to the Haiti natural disaster.

She said she was "ashamed" of what happened and resigned her position.

Oxfam said some former workers may have falsified references or asked individual staff members to provide references, but said it couldn't prevent such actions. Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that allegation and made no further comment on Monday when contacted by Reuters.

Under the heading "monitoring and supervision", the guidance note states: "Ensure there is effective and frequent monitoring and supervision of all staff and ensure such meetings are open to enable any concerns to be raised".

Inquiry will address how aid group "may not have fully and frankly" disclosed sexual misconduct concerns.

The deputy chief executive of Oxfam has stepped down over the scandal, saying concerns pre-dated the Haiti 2011 allegations but were not followed through.

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"It's not a reason to cut the budget, it's a reason to manage it carefully".

She also said in a television interview Monday evening that she passed on evidence of women being coerced into sex in exchange for humanitarian aid, but no action was taken.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru also agree that figure should remain.

Mark Goldring, the current chief executive, explained in an email: "You are right that this is a serious issue.

The response to this appalling scandal needs to be tough enough to convince the public that their generosity will not be abused", says Lord Hague.

However, he admitted a report released by the charity at the time did not give details of the allegations.

"Sexual abuse is a blight on society and Oxfam is not immune", Thomson said.

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He added: "I am absolutely committed... to wipe out that kind of behaviour from Oxfam and rebuild that relationship of trust [with the public]".

"The staff members involved did not live up to the standards and expectations outlined in our code of conduct", the charity said.

The head of the Charity Commission has met with Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, to discuss how to improve safeguarding among aid agencies. He was told that "a strategic review" would be carried out, he said, but he did not receive "an immediate commitment to change".

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