Head of Oxfam quits over sex scandal involving staff in Haiti disaster zone

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring and Oxfam Chair of Trustees arrive to face a select committee hearing at Portcullis House on February 20, 2018 in London, England. Oxfam's aid work during the Haiti earthquake in  2010 has been overshadowed by reports of staff hiring local prostitutes. Among staff accused of sexual misconduct is the former director of operations in Haiti, Rolan Vaan Hauwermeiren. Oxfam's Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, appeared before the International Development select committee. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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The head of Oxfam has quit over a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti and other disaster zones.

Chief executive Mark Goldring has announced he will stand down at the end of the year, after initially resisting pressure to do so.

Some Oxfam staff are accused of using prostitutes while undertaking relief work in Haiti in 2011. Four members of the charity were fired, and three more resigned amid the scandal.

Mr Goldring was criticised for his handling of the situation after he claimed the reaction was "out of proportion" earlier this year.

"The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do? We murdered babies in their cots?" He asked in February.

While he quickly apologised, Oxfam lost 7000 donors within 10 days.

In a statement explaining his resignation Mr Goldring says he thinks it best the team be led by "someone bringing fresh vision and energy" to see through relief work in Yemen and Syria.

"Following the very public exposure of Oxfam's past failings, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Oxfam is a safe and respectful place for all who have contact with us," he said

"We are now laying strong foundations for recovery. I am personally totally committed to seeing this phase through."

The British government has barred any further funding to the company until it meets the "high standards" expected of it, Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt said in February.

The Charity Commission is investigating how Oxfam responded to the scandal, but said it had not asked for Mr Goldring's resignation.

"Our statutory inquiry into the charity continues; we will publish a report on that investigation once it concludes," a spokesperson told The Independent.

"The commission's investigation is in progress and no findings or conclusions have yet been made."

Mr Goldring has been in the job since 2013.

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