Oxfam Announces Job Cuts Following Misconduct Scandal

By Kürschner from Wikimedia Commons

Oxfam is set to make £16m worth of cuts after some donors left the charity amidst a sexual misconduct scandal.

An internal document that was seen by The Guardian informed the employees of Oxfam that the charity has to make some savings so that it would be able to get on a “more stable and sustainable footing.”

According to the letter that was from Mark Goldring, the chief executive of the charity, job cuts will be “inevitable.” It also mentioned that some town centre charity shops could be sold off.

In a statement, the charity said that it would reduce some head office and support functions to make sure that most aid workers would not be affected.

However, it is understood that one of the options that are being considered could involve cutting the number of countries where Oxfam operates.

The £16m figure represents approximately 10 per ent of the unrestricted income of the charity, which is the money that is raised from individuals and shops which the organization can use at its own discretion.

Goldring is set to step down from his post at the end of the year. However, he has committed to dealing with the fallout of the said scandal.

The organisation is facing an investigation by the Charity Commission because of allegations that it failed to disclose the details of alleged sexual misconduct by its staff that were deployed in Haiti. The charity was accused of covering up some claims that its employees sexually exploited some female victims of the 2010 earthquake in the country.

After the scandal emerged thousands o

A spokesperson from Oxfam stated: “We are devastated that the appalling behaviour of some former staff in Haiti and shortcomings in how we dealt with that eight years ago means we now have less money to provide clean water, food and other support to people who need it.”