Friday, 16 February 2018

Oxfam agrees to stop bidding for UK government funding

Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the "high standards" required, ministers say.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had "a long way to go" before regaining the trust of the public, its staff and the people it aims to help.

Oxfam has faced criticism over the way it handled claims staff hired prostitutes in Haiti in 2011.

It has apologised and promised reforms.

In the wake of the allegations, the charity's deputy chief executive resigned and some celebrity backers severed their ties with it.

The charity, which had a total income of £409m last year, received £31.7m from the government in 2016. This represents about a quarter of a percent of the government's annual foreign aid spending.

BBC      News.

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