Archbishop Desmond Tutu quits Oxfam role over charity's sex scandal

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Penny Mordaunt said the charity had "betrayed" the people it was meant to help when it covered up wrongdoing, including allegations of staff's use of underage prostitutes following the Haitian natural disaster in 2010.

Britain will stop funding overseas aid agencies if they fail to learn the lessons from Oxfam's scandal, and the government will discuss possible prosecutions with law enforcement, the British development minister said on Wednesday. It also made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors.

Cafod said that it was "committed to a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct" and that the man's failure to disclose the circumstances of his departure from Oxfam were in breach of the Catholic charity's code of behaviour.

The agency said the meeting was "productive".

Andrew McLeod, former operations chief of the United Nations' Emergency Coordination Center, said "predatory pedophiles" have infiltrated charities to "access children" in the developing world. "That sounds both disgusting and unfortunately logical", he said.

The dismissal was "not related to sexual misconduct", the charity said.

Among the allegations is that the head of Oxfam in Haiti had "wild sex parties" with multiple sex workers.

Mr MacLeod said some of those workers who resigned were even given good references.

But she warned against singling out one among the thousands of humanitarian groups whose workers flocked to Haiti after its devastating quake in 2010.

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"And then the institution that turns around and thinks doing a report and sending it up to the board is enough". "If they were adults, this man should be charged in front of the courts in Haiti because prostitution is illegal".

"If that organisation does not have the moral leadership to do the right thing and where they have evidence of criminal activity, to pass that information onto the relevant authorities, including prosecuting authorities, that's an absolute absence of leadership".

How do you "fix aid"?

Allan also instructs organisations to report "any such incidents" to funding authorities, adding: "The vast majority of those working in global development and humanitarian emergencies do so in a diligent and appropriate manner".

Speaking in Stockholm yesterday, Mordaunt said the revelations about Oxfam - which received £31.7m in taxpayer funding past year - should be a "wake-up call" for the sector.

But Mr MacLeod believes aid should be redistributed by taking funds away from Oxfam as punishment, and diverting that funding to another charity.

"Secondly, there needs to be an independent whistleblowing mechanism set up".

Oxfam officials in Haiti were not immediately available for comment during the country's carnival holiday.

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