Oxfam UK chief to quit in wake of Haiti scandal

In this file photo dated 21/05/2013 of an Oxfam store in London as the Government is reviewing its relationship with the charity in the wake of sex allegations against some of the charity's staff. Saturday Feb. 10, 2018. The Department for International Development (DfID) took the decision after the charity denied claims it had covered up the use of prostitutes by aid workers in Haiti. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP, file)

London – The chief executive of scandal-hit British charity Oxfam announced his resignation Wednesday, he said that someone else should help “rebuild” the group following a prostitution scandal in Haiti.

Mark Goldring had resisted for some time calls to resign when the crisis hit in February, after revelations that Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes while working in Haiti following a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Goldring announced he would now be leaving at the end of the year, after five years in the job, his stateement said,  “I think the time is coming for a new leader.”

He added, “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.

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

“However, what is important in 2019 and beyond is that Oxfam rebuilds and renews in a way that is most relevant for the future and so continues to help as many people as possible around the world build better lives.

“I think that this journey will best be led by someone bringing fresh vision and energy and making a long-term commitment to see it through.”

Goldring now leaves Oxfam Great Britain, part of Oxfam International, with shattered reputation, its funding has been hit by the scandal, losing three of its global ambassadors, including South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, pulling out.

The scandal was just confined to Haiti, more caims were made about Oxfam aid workers in Chad, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines,  this prompted the charity to launch an action plan against sexual harassment and abuse.

Penny Lawrence Deputy chief executive resigned but during that period Goldring refused frequent demands to follow her path, even after he said in one newspaper interview that the outrage was “out of proportion” to what happened.

Oxfam chiarwomom Caroline Thomson said, “Mark faced the test of a lifetime managing the crisis which hit us in February and related to events before he joined,”

“He rose to the immense challenge and his leadership has been invaluable through it. It is testament to his integrity and humility that Mark will see through the next few difficult months.”

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