Winnie Byanyima apologises over Oxfam sex scandal

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The aid group said it would create an independent commission which will have the power to access records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse and impose stricter controls on employees.

"From the bottom of my heart I am asking for forgiveness", she added.

Helen Evans, who was in charge of investigating allegations against Oxfam staff members between 2012 and 2015, told Channel Four television that abuse cases she had heard of included a woman who had been coerced to have sex in exchange for aid.

"Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until (the Department for International Development) is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners", Mordaunt said in a statement on Friday.

'There are hundreds of good, fearless and compassionate people working for Oxfam around the world.

The new plan comes a week after revelations that Oxfam staff used prostitutes while working in Haiti following a devastating 2010 quake and a wave of subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct.

'They have been poorly served by Oxfam's leadership team too'.

Mark Goldring, the Chief Executive of Oxfam, has lambasted the intensity of the criticism levied against his organisation over claims that its workers used prostitutes in Haiti.

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He told The Guardian: "The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do?" I struggle to understand it.

More than 1,000 direct debits to the charity were cancelled over the weekend and Mr Goldring said on Friday that the revelations could have a "substantial effect on public confidence, which would affect public donations".

"This was with an honourable, mature woman, who was not an natural disaster victim nor a prostitute".

Oxfam has nearly 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries across the globe.

The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad.

The government has made three demands of Oxfam: that it produce a plan on how to deal with any forthcoming allegations, that it report any staff members involved in the Haiti scandal and that it fully cooperate with the Haitian authorities.

They are also setting up a global database of accredited referees to ensure sex offenders can not re-offend at other charities, and improving the organisation's "whistleblowing mechanism".



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