Our position regarding recent revelations of serious misconduct at Oxfam

In February 2018, The Times published an article giving details of serious misconduct by Oxfam staff in Haiti in 2011, during their response to the 2010 earthquake. In 2011, Oxfam allowed three men to resign and fired four others for gross misconduct after an inquiry concerning sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, bullying and intimidation. In the following weeks, more details and allegations of staff misconduct have emerged, some of which are very disturbing. Wikipedia provides a clear summary of the allegations. As Oxfam is currently in our portfolio of recommended charities, because of its recommendation by The Life You Can Save, we are monitoring the situation closely as more information becomes available.

It is clear that some members of Oxfam staff engaged in behavior that is a clear violation of values held by Oxfam and One for the World. It is also now clear that Oxfam made significant mistakes in its response to misconduct of its staff. They have acknowledged this and Penny Lawrence, their Deputy CEO, resigned as a result. It is not yet clear to what extent these allegations represent isolated past incidents, or a larger, more systematic failing on the part of Oxfam. Oxfam has appointed an independent commission to investigate the claims, the Charities Commission in the UK has opened a statutory inquiry, and the British Parliament is also investigating the claims. Oxfam's status as one of One for the World's recommended charities currently remains unchanged, but we will continue to monitor the situation, as will The Life You Can Save and its panel of experts.

Useful links:

  • The Life You Can Save's initial response to the allegations is here.

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