Oxfam chief: Sex abuse claims a 'stain' on the organisation

Oxfam is just the tip of the iceberg

Oxfam said Friday it will set up an independent commission to take a look at the organization's practices, with a mandate to investigate past and present sexual exploitation claims.

"From the bottom of my heart, I am asking for forgiveness", Byanyima said, adding she wants all victims of abuse to come forward.

At home and overseas, we will not stand for any kind of harassment of staff, partners, volunteers or those we serve and we are doubling the number of people who work on safeguarding to make sure we are living up to our responsibility to protect them.

The charity also said it had agreed with the British government not to apply for any new state funding until it had satisfied demands laid out by International Development secretary Penny Mordaunt.

"Oxfam do outstanding work all over the world and we firmly believe that the good does still far outweigh the appalling behaviour of the few whose actions have caused such harm".

Oxfam Ireland has said it will play a "leadership role" as the worldwide charity works to introduce reforms to "root out any form of abuse".

He told The Guardian: "The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do?"

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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Oxfam has faced criticism after media reports revealed earlier this month that during a humanitarian mission in Haiti in 2011, the charity's former country director Roland van Hauwermeiren had hired prostitutes at a villa paid for by the organisation, the BBC reported.

"We are committed to proving that we deserve the confidence of the United Kingdom public", the charity said.

"I struggle to understand why they didn't respond immediately to that call for additional resource", she said.

"I think that these people should be considered persona non grata", she said of the charity, which spent $15 million on its operations in the country a year ago and employs 248 staff.

"The hardest thing is that my family has rejected me", he said.

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 organisation has said that the names of the men involved have already been shared with the Haitian authorities.

In response, Oxfam said it would create a global database of accredited referees to crack down on forged or unreliable references from past or current employees.

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