Oxfam: The Scandal Shaking The Third Sector

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck Haiti. More than 220,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured. The Disasters Emergency Commission, the UK umbrella of 14 registered humanitarian aid agencies launched an emergency appeal and raised £107million. Oxfam, one of the 14 members of the DEC, responded immediately by sending a team of 100 aid workers to the beleaguered island. Eighteen months later, the charity received an email claiming various members of staff had breached Oxfam's code of conduct in Haiti relating to sexual exploitation, fraud, negligence and nepotism. Roland Van Hauwermeiren, who was Oxfam’s Country Director in Haiti at the time,

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