10 February 2018

Africa: Statement Responding to Allegations in Today's Times That Oxfam Failed to Warn Other NGOs Not to Re-Employ Those Guilty of Sexual Misconduct in Haiti

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With up to 10,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in Haiti alone in 2011, not to mention hundreds of thousands of aid workers in countries around the world, it was unfortunately not possible for Oxfam to ensure that those found guilty of sexual misconduct were not re-employed in the sector.

Oxfam has not and would not provide a positive reference for any of those that were dismissed or resigned as a result of the case. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop individuals falsifying references, getting others that were dismissed to act as referees and claiming it was a reference from Oxfam, or getting former or current Oxfam staff members who had worked with them to provide a reference in a personal capacity.

We are keen to work with other NGOs, as well as donors such as the UK Department for Interntional Development, to put in place a system which would meet the requirements of the many different legal jurisdictions in which we work, and enable us to warn other organisations not to hire people who have been found guilty of sexual misconduct.

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