Oxfam’s deputy chief govt Penny Lawrence has resigned following revelations of a intercourse scandal involving the charity’s employees in Haiti and Chad.
Lawrence stated she took “full accountability” for the behaviour of employees on the worldwide support charity and that she was “deeply unhappy” about her resolution to resign.
“Over the previous couple of days we have now turn into conscious that issues have been raised in regards to the behaviour of employees in Chad in addition to Haiti that we did not adequately act upon,” Lawrence stated.
“It’s now clear that these allegations – involving using prostitutes and which associated to behavior of each the nation director and members of his group in Chad – have been raised earlier than he moved to Haiti.”
Lawrence, who was programme director on the time, stated she was “ashamed that this occurred on my watch and I take full accountability”.
“I’m desperately sorry for the hurt and misery that this has triggered to Oxfam’s supporters, the broader improvement sector, and most of all of the susceptible individuals who trusted us,” she continued.
“It has been such a privilege to work for such a tremendous organisation that has performed and must proceed to do such good on this planet.”
The resignation follows an investigation by the Instances that alleged Oxfam lined up using prostitutes by senior support employees in 2011.
The paper reported three males have been allowed to resign and 4 have been sacked for gross misconduct after an inquiry into sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, bullying, and intimidation.
Oxfam denies a cover-up: Officers from the charity met with the worldwide improvement secretary, Penny Mordaunt, as we speak to attempt to forestall authorities funding from being reduce.
This morning, Michelle Russell, director of investigations on the Charity Fee, instructed BBC Radio four’s As we speak programme officers had been “assured” Oxfam had investigated the matter “totally”, however that, actually, the watchdog had not been conscious of all the main points.
Mark Goldring, chief govt of Oxfam, stated he “deeply respect[s]” Lawrence’s resolution to take private accountability for the scandal and step down.
“Like us, she is appalled at what occurred and is decided to do what’s greatest for Oxfam and the individuals we exist to assist,” Goldring stated.
“I wish to place on document my honest thanks for the years of devoted service that Penny has given to Oxfam and the struggle towards poverty world wide.”