Oxfam scandal fallout sees ‘small number’ of Australian donors withdraw support

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February 15, 2018 06:11:17

The widening scandal surrounding the UK arm of international aid organisation Oxfam has already had an impact on donations to the charity in Australia.

A small number of benefactors have withdrawn support in the wake of revelations senior staff members from Oxfam UK paid local women in Haiti for sex.

The charity has been threatened with a $50 million cut in funding from the British Government and its deputy chief executive has resigned.

Both Oxfam and Save the Children Australia say they are urgently reviewing their staff-vetting and monitoring procedures in light of the developments.

“From our perspective here in Australia, we’ve had a small number of donors who have contacted us and who have indicated they will be stopping their donations,” Oxfam Australia chief Helen Szoke said.

“I am very worried that the activities that were undertaken in Haiti will lead people to believe that Oxfam is less of an organisation than what I know it to be.

“But fortunately at this stage it’s a very small number. But we’re not complacent about that either.”

A British newspaper reported on Friday Oxfam UK staff paid Haiti locals for sex in a villa rented by the organisation in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2010.

Ms Szoke said Oxfam Australia was urgently reviewing its records in the wake of the revelations.

“We are horrified that this kind of behaviour was done under the banner of Oxfam,” she said. “We are…

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