Monday, 12 February 2018

Oxfam deputy chief executive resigns in wake of prostitution scandal engulfing the charity



 
Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned amid the prostitution scandal engulfing the charity.
 
 
Announcing her decision, Penny Lawrence said she took "full responsibility" for the behaviour of the charity's staff in Chad and Haiti "that we failed to adequately act upon".
 
 
In a statement Ms Lawrence said: "Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon.


"It is now clear that these allegations - involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the Country Director and members of his team in Chad - were raised before he moved to Haiti.


"As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility.
 
 
"I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam's supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us.


"It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organisation that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world."



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